Why Pregnant Women Need To Sleep On Their Left Side at The Third Trimester

One of the most known pregnancy symptoms is the lack of proper sleep and constant fatigue of the pregnant woman. There are many reasons for this fatigue some of them are that sleeping with a large belly and enlarged breasts is less comfortable.

Why Pregnant Women Need To Sleep On Their Left Side at The Third Trimester

Doctors recommend pregnant women to sleep on their left side, in the third trimester. It is thought to be healthier to the mom and the baby. But what happens if the pregnant mother sleeps on the right side? What are the direct risks?

There are two main risks expected those who sleep on the right side of the body. One is that the mother might experience varicose veins in the legs, and that the baby might suffer a decrease in the fetus heart beat rate.

During the pregnancy month the woman body goes through many physical and hormonal changes. Inner organs grow and expand. It is these changes which make the sleeping on the right side more hazard than lying on the other side.

The fist side effect you can expect when sleeping on the right side, is that a very important vein called 'Vena Cava' will be pressed by the growing uterus and the blood flow back to the heart will be slowed down.

If the blood circulation through the veins is interfered, blood will begin pooling at the lower body. This pooling can cause varicosities - varicose veins, to be created. Varicose veins though not dangerous can be itching and very painful. Those with a light condition of varicosities may experience a severe condition if lying on the right side during the third trimester.

The second side effect worth to know, for those who sleep on the wrong side, is that in recent years, it has been searched and found that when the mother is lies on her back, the baby heart beat slows down! A decrease in the baby heart rate means there is some pressure places on the vital blood supply to the baby in the uterus.

The best heart rate was measured when the mother was sleeping on the left side of the body at night.

There are other side effects which were recorded over time concerning the sleeping position of pregnant mothers. Some of them were related to digestion and suffering from heart-burns. Those pregnancy symptoms could be reduced too by some easy changes in the sleeping habits.

There are some guidelines and bed time accessories which can help those with light sleep have a better night sleep. You can read about them in the article links below.

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