Medical Brief Pregnancy Sleep

Lekarz i pacjentkaEach pregnancy, expectant mother, and unborn child is different. The information here is based on the average pregnancy. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice your may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, we advise you to contact your doctor.




Sleeping on the left side  - natural way to prevent hemorrhoids, swelling of your leggs and ankles and hypotension. ucisk żyły w ciąży

"As the baby grows, the abdomen has to harbor an ever-increasing uterus. The heavier uterus rests flat on the inferior vena cava—the main vein just on the right side of your spine that drains the entire lower half of the body.
When the vena cava is compressed, much like stepping on a garden hose, flow towards the heart is obstructed and drainage of the lower half of the body becomes sluggish. Not only does this increase the swelling of your ankles, feet, and legs, but it also impacts hemorrhoids (ouch!). And decreased  return of blood flow to the heart will cause hypotension (lowered blood pressure) down the line and result in diminished arterial blood flow to the uterus, placenta, and baby."

Dr. Gerard M. DiLeo, MD

(source, 'Sleeping Positions during Pregnancy')



Source Article Title     Author                               Quote                                            Pregnant Women, Good Sleep Is One Of The Best Ways To Assure A Healthy Baby Jodi A. Mindell, PhD, Professor of psychology at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia

"Dr. Mindell says that keeping good sleep habits is especially essential when a woman is pregnant. On behalf of the AASM, Dr. Mindell offers the following sleep hygiene tips for all moms-to-be:

1. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.

2. Make your bedroom dark, cool and comfortable.

3. Sleep on the left side, which is best for the developing baby"     Sleeping During Pregnancy Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD Some doctors specifically recommend that pregnant women sleep on the left side. Because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, lying on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ. Sleeping on the left side also improves circulation to the heart and allows for the best blood flow to the fetus, uterus, and kidneys. Ask what your doctor recommends — in most cases, lying on either side should do the trick and help take some pressure off your back.

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