J.N. asks from London, KY on March 15, 2008
Sleeping While Pregnant - London,KY
I'm 17 weeks pregnant and I have a 32 month old son. Do any of you know which side we are supposed to sleep on while pregnant? I toss and turn all night and I'm paranoid about ending up on my back in my sleep. Also, my hands are getting numb if I sleep on either side. Is that something that any of you have experienced? J.
So What Happened?™
I went to my doctor yesterday and she said the numbness was carpal tunnel that would resolve after giving birth. I purchased a snuggli pillow yesterday and it helped last night with sleep. I had my ultrasound yesterday and it's a boy. Thanks to all for the good advise. J.
T.A. answers from Jackson on March 16, 2008
My doctor told me either side was fine. I too had my hands falling asleep. I told him I kept waking up on my back and he suggested sleeping with a pillow behind my back to help keep me from rolling over. As I got bigger, my husband loved this! Not only did he have very little bed, but when I would roll over I would wake him up readjusting my pillow!! But I did feel better about staying on my side. I also liked a pillow between my knees - it helped wake me up when I was rolling and helped with pain in my legs.
V.M. answers from Nashville on March 16, 2008
You may be experiencing carpol tunnel syndrom. Thant happened to me in my last 2 pregnancies and lasted about 7 months after delivery. Sleeping in wrist braces (which are sold at drugstores) helps a lot!
Good Luck, all the best,
K.L. answers from Myrtle Beach on March 16, 2008
I got the numb hand and arm at times and my dr said it was completely normal and it went away after my daughter was born. As far as sleeping, I slept on my left sida with pillows between my legs and pushed up against my back. It seemed to work, if I got really uncomfortable, I slept on the couch and it kept me still. I didn't know there was one side you SHOULD sleep on. Good luck!
A.B. answers from Charlotte on March 17, 2008
Isn't it quite amazing what we as moms today have been told to do and not to do. Though 20 plus years ago, when our parents were pregnant with us they were told the complete opposite! My only advice is not to panic! You're "supposed" to sleep on your left side, better for you, better for the baby, more oxygen for you and and the baby and all sorts of other reasons. However, like you, I toss and turn during the night. How can we possible stay on one side all night? I laugh when I remember what my ob told me...I was concerned about what side and if it was true about the left side theory. I told him that I woke up one morning on my ride side and was worried b/c I was supposed to sleep on my left. Well, he laughed and said not to worry and reassured me that we were ok (the baby and I) but that our mothers and our grandmothers slept on all sides and even their backs and we turned out ok. So don't panic, but try to stay on your left side. Get a big body pillow . I would use several pillows, and husband and I would sleep on our sides, (me on my left, him on his right) and we would push our backs against each other or he would push against a pillow against my back and that would help me stay on my left side. I too, like babies, liked to be wrapped tight or have that feeling of being snuggled. So having a few pillows around me at night seemed to do the trick. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy , hope that helps!
It's funny to read through your responses and to see that 90% of the responses say left, and the rest say right. Hmmm....makes your wonder where we all get our information and who really is right! Talk to your dr, don't always trust the "wisdom" of others, everyone has their opinion, including myself, and you are your best judge of what you believe is right. Good luck!
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N.K. answers from Memphis on March 16, 2008
You should sleep on your left side. I would also recommend a pregnancy pillow in order to sleep more comfortably on your side. I couldn't have lived without mine for both of my pregnancies! Here's the one I had: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2267435
There are lots out there but this one was great.
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P.A. answers from Raleigh on March 18, 2008
Im 3 months pregnant with "twins". I have a 6yr old son and a 3 1/2 yr old daughter - they also make a long straight body pillow that might work for you - but the main thing i want to try and help you with is the numbness you are experiencing - the same thing happened to me with both of my pregnancies - i went to the doctor only to find out that it is "carpal tunnel syndrome" it is very common in pregnancy - i thought it was weird bc it only happened when i was asleep at night but my doctors said it was normal - they gave me some wrist splints to sleep in at night and the problem was solved. I would ask your doctor about it to see if it helps. Hope this helps! Good luck and god bless
B.I. answers from Louisville on March 16, 2008
Your hands are getting numb, b/c you are getting carpal tunnel syndrome! It can be induced by pregnancy. I had it with my son and it was not fun. I ended up wearing braces to sleep ( you get these at the drug-store), but it went away a few months after he was born. I can't remember which side to not sleep on, but I do remember my doctor said not to worry much about it.
Talk to your doctor about the numbness.
R.N. answers from Lexington on March 17, 2008
I was told by my OB/Gyn to always sleep on the left side, because the baby will get the most circulation benefits that way. I sleep with a body pillow, and that helped tremedously.
E.T. answers from Memphis on March 17, 2008
Definitely sleeping on the left side is best. I am now pregnant with my third child, but with my first, I went into premature labor at 36 weeks and was in the hospital for 3 days while they stopped it. They had to keep me on my back, but they said as long as you keep a pillow under one side of your back, it is ok.
H.W. answers from Raleigh on March 16, 2008
Hey J., I'm a couple months ahead of you...I just asked my Dr. the same thing...Left side is the best, right is not bad. Don't freak out about sleeping on your back...try not to, but you'll be okay if you do once in a while :)
K.W. answers from Chattanooga on March 15, 2008
Hi J., You are under doctors care, right? Sleeping on your left side always worked for me. You just breath better on that side for some reason. Pregnant and 40 can be a great experience and a challenge. How exciting for your son to have a new brother or sister and he is at such a good age to "bring a new baby in the house"! The numb feeling you get may be from a pinched nerve or simply from the way you are sleeping. And why are you paranoid about sleeping on your back? A good pillow under your knees and a pillow under your head might be the answer. IT releives a lot of pressure off your back.
Have a blessed day and try not to worry so much. You are in good HANDS.