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Posted by: Sleeping Blues | 2004/10/21

Sleeping Blues

I am 23 weeks pregnant and have been told that sleeping on my back could have a negative impact on my unborn baby. Is this true?

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The pressure of the uterus can compress the major blood vessels carrying blood to the baby, so you should try to lie on your side or at an angle.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/21

Yes it is, but more so the later you are in your pregnancy. You will notice that you get breathless when you lie on your back as your pregnancy progresses. I can't remember the effect it has on the baby, but I think that it can put pressure on the umbilical cord so that while you lie on your back, less oxygen gets to your baby, but I might be way off with that.

I just know that you shouldn't lie on your back as your pregnancy progresses.

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