Expert Warns Women Against Wrong Sleeping Position In Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, it not easy to sleep soundly with your stomach getting in the way.

For example if you were a stomach sleeper before, you will have to switch sleeping positions. However do you know that some sleeping positions are dangerous during pregnancy?

Gynaecologist, Dr Nathaniel Adewole, has warned that sleeping on the back side of the body at advanced stage of pregnancy could predispose a baby to brain problems. Dr Adewole, of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, said that the problem could occur due to the weight of the uterus.

At the early stage of pregnancy, sleeping position constitutes no much problem; a woman can take any sleeping position that is convenient. The best sleep position during pregnancy however is “SOS” (sleep on side) and especially your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby.

In later pregnancy, the back sleeping position is not recommended as it would make the baby to rest against the big vesicles called inferior vena cava, which supplies blood to the heart.

“When the pregnancy becomes advanced, the uterus becomes bigger; the weight of the baby and the uterus become big.

“At this stage, if the woman lies at the back, the great vesicles called the inferior vena cava are altered; they are directly behind.

“What this means is that the weight of the uterus and the baby will press directly on those big vesicles that take blood to the heart and take blood away from the heart.

“Therefore, if this happened, the one that is first affected is the one that takes blood to the heart; so, the quantity of blood available to the heart is reduced,’’ he added.

This would also reduce the blood supply to the parts of the body of the mother and in turn reduce that of the baby.

“When the babies already have problem, what we call intrauterine placenta compromise, it can lead to brain problem for the baby.

“Sleeping with the right or the left side of the body, as the pregnancy progresses, is preferable, but at the last three months, sleeping position is better at the left side.

“Also, one must take note that even during labour, it is not advisable for the woman to lie down with the back too.

“This is because the big uterus containing the baby will press on those vesicles thereby the turn of blood to the heart is reduced,’’ Adewole said.


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Pregnancy is a wonderful time for mothers but despite the wonders of pregnancy, it’s a time when mothers are often “bullied” by “experienced” moms or even other pregnant women. The experience can either be pleasurable or annoying, below are some of the things that truly annoy pregnant women.


1. Telling her you didn’t have any pregnancy sickness

Telling a pregnant woman you didn’t have morning sickness when you were pregnant after she just told you she had been shuttling between the bathroom and bedroom from morning sickness will definitely not make you her best friend. We all know pregnancy is not the same for everybody so why compare?

2. Commenting on how different your bumps were

Just after she excitedly told you how pitch perfect her own bump is.

3. Asking her ‘if Baby has popped yet?’

While she stands there holding her bump complaining of swollen feet and sweating buckets.


4. Asking her “Is it a boy or a girl?”

This is something no one has a right to know until after the baby is born, so don’t expect her to tell you what her baby’s sex is.

5. Showing her something smelly

Raw fish and any other smelly thing is not a pregnant woman’s best friend, so don’t cook it in her vicinity or show it to her.


6. Telling her what name to give her baby

You can be sure that even after giving birth to her baby, she won’t be using the name you offered. You should wait until your opinion is asked before offering a baby name to a pregnant woman.


8. Telling her “sleep now when you can” 

Of course, she wants to sleep, she’s probably too uncomfortable to sleep though and it will be useless to advice her to get extra naps when she can.


9. Telling her “you should be doing this at this stage of your pregnancy”

You need not expect her to do what you did when you were pregnant, the fact that you enjoyed meditating during your pregnancy doesn’t mean she’ll do the same.


10. Touching her belly

Every pregnant woman hates it when their baby bump is touched by an external being, no one but her husband should touch her bump but if she tells you to come feel baby kick, that’s fine.

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