Sleeping Positions for Pregnant Women  


The government of Singapore is encouraging couples to conceive. In fact, there are different programs to help couples conceive. For couples who grabbed the opportunity, their lives will change soon. The coming of a child will totally change everything – in a positive way. The pregnant woman will experience the greatest change.


Conceiving can do a lot of things to our body but rest assured that everything will be worth it when we see that little bundle of joy. When we are pregnant, things are harder to do like eating, walking and even tying our shoes. For some pregnant women, they have a hard time sleeping. It is not easy to sleep soundly with our belly.

We have to switch our sleeping positions to accommodate our developing girth. The imminent concern here is finding the right sleeping position. What is the safest sleeping position during pregnancy? After our fifth month, our back will not be the same. When we sleep on our back, we put more pressure to our aorta and the inferior vena cava. Pressure for these vessels means sluggish blood circulation to our body and of course our baby.


Lying on our back is also not recommended because it can make our breathing difficult. This position will push down our intestines which can lead to stomach troubles. Lying on our stomach is not good too for obvious reasons – our stomach will press our expanding uterus not to mention our swelling breasts.

So, what position should we consider? Lying on our sides is okay but experts recommend that we consider lying on our left side. Lying on our left side can improve our blood circulation giving our babies enough nutrients. It does not end there because lying on our left side can also keep our growing body weight from pushing down our liver too hard.

Here are some suggestions while lying:

  • For Belly and back support – We have to secure a pillow and put it under our tummy or between our knees. The pillows will serve as our belly and back support which will prevent us from rolling to our back or stomach.


  • To Improve Breathing – If we encounter shortness of breath, the easiest remedy is putting a pillow under our side so it can raise our chest.


  • To Alleviate Heartburn – Pregnant women often experience heartburn. It is uncomfortable during our waking hours how much more if we are trying to sleep? We should put few books and blocks at the bead of our bed as this can help us keep the acids down instead of burning up.


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