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    Why do doctors say that pregnant women should be sleeping on their left side?

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    Default Re: Left or right?

    Something to do with better circulation.

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    Default Re: Left or right?

    Your liver is on your right side, pregnant women are encouraged to lie on their left to keep the weight of the uterus from affecting and squishing the liver. Also, there is a large vein that runs more to the right side called the inferior vena cava, its job is to pump the blood from the legs back to the heart. Sleeping on the left side takes the strain off the IVC and helps promote better circulation.

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    I haven't been told a side necessarily. But I was told that the left side is better for opening up your lungs and deep breathing especially if you are a bit breathless from your insides being squished!!

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    Default Left or right?

    You can pretty much sleep on whatever side you like, just try and alternate regularly, but your body will generally tell you when it's time to switch

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    As well as circulation, I found sleeping or lying on my left side would help prevent or reduce my reflux - as soon as I lay on my right side that acid would creep up. Not sure if that is the case with anyone else?

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    Thanks for the information! Much appreciated!

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    As others have said, it's generally to do with circulation - although the medical consensus these days seems to be that you'd wake up/be uncomfortable before laying on your right side did any damage.

    I'm the same as wobbleyhorse though. I sleep on my left side because it reduces heartburn. That's because your stomach is on your left side, and the positioning of the top sphincter means that the reflux has to work more against gravity if you're on your left.

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    I know if you have indigestion sleeping on your left side is best. I had indigestion all through my second pregnancy and sleeping on my left side helped relieve it somewhat.

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    It also helps with blood pressure as well. I know after I got admitted to hospital with BP issues, if I had a spike in mine they would make me lie on my left side for a while and then recheck my BP as the left side seems to make it lower a litlle for some reason.


 

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