Don’t worry if you wake up on your back.
Accidentally sleeping on your back while pregnant shouldn’t cause serious harm to your baby.
But you should avoid sleeping in this position after the first trimester and for extended periods of time, for your own comfort and health.
When should you stop sleeping on your back in pregnancy?
You may want to get used to a new sleep position now, since you shouldn’t sleep on your back after 20 weeks of pregnancy. When you lie belly-up, the weight of your uterus can compress a major blood vessel, called the vena cava. This disrupts blood flow to your baby and leaves you nauseated, dizzy, and short of breath.
What causes sleepless night during pregnancy?
What causes insomnia in early pregnancy? Insomnia can result from hunger, nausea, anxiety, or depression. Levels of the hormone progesterone are high during the first trimester, and this can cause sleepiness and napping during the day.
Can sleeping on your back cause stillbirth?
The Midlands and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS) found that women who go to sleep in the supine (lying on the back) position have a 2.3-fold increased risk of late stillbirth (after 28 weeks’ gestation) compared with women who go to sleep on their side.
Can I sleep on my right side while pregnant?
A: There are so many myths out there regarding the sleep habits of pregnant women. Historically, practitioners have recommended sleeping with a little tilt to the left, therefore taking pressure off the aorta and vena cava. But, sleeping all the way to the right (on your right side) is fine too.