I posted earlier about sleeping on your stomach while pregnant and the importance of a pregnancy pillow. Now that I am pregnant, I can tell you that aside from being medically more safe, sleeping on your side with a pregnancy pillow is the ultimate way to go! Months ago…probably around 14 weeks in to my pregnancy, I could no longer sleep on my stomach. Once my bump had officially made its debut, I could feel my uterus underneath me if I slept on my stomach. For a while I was sleeping comfortably on my back, but I as I’ve gone further along in my pregnancy, it is becoming more uncomfortable. Plus, like I mentioned before in my post “Pregnant…Can I sleep on my stomach”, its is safer to sleep on your side. As your uterus grows, it becomes heavier so if you lay flat on your back, it can press down on your vena cava which is the major vessel that returns blood from your body to your heart. In extreme cases, this can decrease the blood supply back to your heart therefore ultimately interfere with the circulation of blood and nutrients to your baby. But rest assured, if you are compressing your vena cava, your body will likely let you know… you will likely feel short of breath or dizzy. If you wake up in the middle of the night flat on your back, don’t freak out. Just readjust yourself on to your side, especially your left. Your vena cava lies on the right side of your body so the best side to be on is the left.
My husband bought me the Snoogle body pillow (they have it on Amazon or I’ve seen it at Babies R’ Us and Buy Buy Baby) when I was about 14 weeks and I’ve been using it since. At first I would just rest my legs on it while I was flat on my back, but now I love to just straddle it all night long. Though my husband wont admit, he loves it too. I wake up some mornings and he’s hugging my snoogle from the other side.
Do you use a pregnancy pillow?!?!?! What’s your favorite one???