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Why Pregnant Women Should Sleep On Left Side?

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Pregnant women often tell each other that sleeping on left side is good for fetus. However, not all mothers know the real benefit of this position.

Why should pregnant women sleep on left side?

For pregnant women, lying on left side will increase blood flow and nutrients coming to the placenta and fetus. Mothers’ kidneys will also work efficiently, eliminating fluid and dregs in their bodies. Sleeping in this position also decreases the oedema in foot and hand for mothers. Especially, lying on left side helps avoid compression of the uterus on the postcava, which reduces blood flow to the heart and causes decrease of heart flow.

Lying on left side is good for fetus.

Lying on left side is good for fetus

Pregnant women should avoid supine position during pregnancy, especially during the last months for some following reasons: sleeping in supine position makes uterus weigh down on the spine, back muscle, intestines and major blood vessels. This can lead to backache, hemorrhoids and circulatory decrease, which makes you uncomfortable and can cause circulatory decrease to the fetus. Moreover, sleeping in supine position may cause hypotension, dizziness, snore, weight gain and may lead to apnea in pregnant women.

Therefore, pregnant women should practice to sleep on left side since the beginning of pregnancy. Sleeping in the same position during the whole night will not be comfortable, so need to change the position from this side to the other, but more left side lying is still the best way to have good health for both mother and baby.

Sleeping on left side helps increase blood flow and nutrients coming to the placenta and fetus.

Sleeping on left side helps increase blood flow and nutrients coming to the placenta and fetus.

Some advices to have a good sleep

Say no to stimulating drinks such as soda, coffee and tea.

Avoid large meals before going to sleep a few hours. But remember to have adequate intake of nutrients and water throughout the day. You may eat more in breakfast, lunch and eat less in dinner.

Say no to stimulating drinks such as soda, coffee and tea.

Say no to stimulating drinks such as soda, coffee and tea.

Make a habit of going to sleep and waking up in a time frame every day.

Avoid heavy exercise right before bedtime, but try relaxing activities such as soaking in warm water for 15 minutes, drink a cup of hot milk with honey.

If a cramp wakes you up, trample strongly on the wall. Try to provide adequate calcium in the menu to relieve the cramp.

If possible, take a nap about 30-60 minutes to make up for the sleep last night.

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