Some pregnant women do not find it easy to fall asleep. As your belly grows, it is important to understand which sleeping positions are the most comfortable and safest for you and your baby.
Sleeping on side is the best position during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, sleeping on side ensures best blood circulation and places the least pressure on your internal organs and veins. Placing a pillow between your bent knees will make you comfortable while sleeping.
Mayo Clinic recommends avoiding sleeping on your back as it increases pressure your uterus puts on your spine and back muscles. Besides, sleeping on the back makes it difficult for pregnant women to breath and decreases circulation.
Due to the size of your belly and tender breasts, sleeping on your stomach can be challenging especially when you are farther along in your pregnancy. In that case, American Pregnancy Association recommends using a donut shaped pillow.
In general, sleeping is very important for pregnant women. If you are pregnant and experiencing some difficulties with falling asleep, talk to your healthcare provider to discuss solutions.