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August 13th, 2012, 01:41 PM
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I know we are not supposed to lie flat on our backs during the third tri, but really how bad is it? Both of my hips hurt from sciatica and my shots so I am much more comfortable on my back. Am I really hurting baby girl by lying flat?
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August 13th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Not being a doctor, I can't really give you an answer, but when my hips hurt I usually lay propped up. I think the worst part is lying totally flat.
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August 13th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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I still do it all the time but im also only 23 weeks along. Im not really sure i was actually planning on asking this to my OB Wednesday.
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August 13th, 2012, 02:08 PM
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No matter what I do, I always end up on my back at night. I usually make myself roll over when I notice it, but who knows how long I've been there. I did it with my first too. I think it's just not ideal for blood circulation to the baby.
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August 13th, 2012, 02:11 PM
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I do it often, there is just so much I can lay on my sides being on bed rest. When I do lay on my back, my legs are always up. I have at least 2-3 pillows for support. I don't feel any back pain when doing that way, but do feel back pain when I don't use the pillows.
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August 13th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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I do it too! It was definitely a pain to always be on a side while on bedrest! Like Amber said, it has something to do with circulation of blood... My OB has always told me to just try propping up a side with a pillow if I do lay on my back.
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August 13th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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I asked my ob, and as usual won't give me a direct answer. Just said do you know of any documented studies stating lying on you has caused any issues in a baby after birth? He said not that he knows of so do what's comfortable. I'm a back sleeper and always end up on my back even when i fall asleep on my side. I do try and put a pillow under me just in case if i do wake up and find I'm unable to fall back asleep on my sid though.
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August 13th, 2012, 02:44 PM
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When you lie on your back, your uterus presses on the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. Lying on your back for an extended period of time could interfere with the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and your developing baby.

If you can place something, blanket or pillow, under your left or right side to just have you slightly turned so your not directly on your back would be better.
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August 13th, 2012, 02:49 PM
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^ What I was going to say.

Try to avoid it, but obviously if you end up flat on your back when you wake up in the morning there's nothing you can do about it.
This is one of those things that I follow (unlike the deli meat rule).
At my last appointment I was laying flat on my back for a while (she was checking more than just fundal height and hb), so when she did finally check out the hb it was lower than normal and she attributed it to being on my back for so long.
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August 13th, 2012, 03:58 PM
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I end up on my back sometimes too. And sometimes i just can't fall asleep unless on my back. I try to use 3 or 4 pillows to prop me up though so i'm not totally flat.
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August 13th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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I was told only to lay on my left side. which never works I end up laying on my back or on my right side. the dr. told me it was fine just try to limit it which is hard when you are sleeping
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August 13th, 2012, 05:00 PM
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There are no conclusive studies that show it will or will not harm baby. The biggest concern is actually for the mother, not the child. If your uterus is pressing on something it shouldn't be, your body will let you know. You will become uncomfortable.

For the most part, lying on your back should be ok IF you feel ok. Dizziness, nausea, pain all mean move.

If it makes you feel better, prop yourself up a bit.

Mothers have been having babies for thousands of years and no one told them to sleep on their sides. I'm a big component of doing what is comfortable. Your body is meant to do this and I really believe if you listen to it, you won't go wrong.
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August 13th, 2012, 07:36 PM
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Seeing as we're already concerned about the nutrients and blood flow to baby girl, I suppose I'll be good and try to stay propped one way or the other. I'm determined to do everything I can to have a baby over 4 pounds.
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August 13th, 2012, 07:46 PM
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Alisha, for you it's obviously different. Your pregnancy is high risk then? That hanges a lot. I'd definitely follow any precautionary advice in your situation, just to be safe. I was referring to run of the mill, uncomplivated pregnancies.
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August 14th, 2012, 07:39 PM
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Being on my back seems to be the only way I am comfortable these days. I keep waking up on my back and laying on the couch on my back, too. I've been meaning to talk to the doc about it because it's getting hard to lie any other way.
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August 14th, 2012, 08:16 PM
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I asked my ob, and as usual won't give me a direct answer. Just said do you know of any documented studies stating lying on you has caused any issues in a baby after birth? He said not that he knows of so do what's comfortable. I'm a back sleeper and always end up on my back even when i fall asleep on my side. I do try and put a pillow under me just in case if i do wake up and find I'm unable to fall back asleep on my sid though.
it's not all about the baby.. when lying on your back your putting pressure on your organs, which like someone has already mentioned, could be blocking important body parts and functions from working properly

with that said when i was pregnant with Hunter, mind you i was young, 19 years old lol... i had this thought in my head that if i lied on my back that, it would cause Hunter's cord to get into a knot.............................. hahahahahahah, again, young and stupid lol
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August 15th, 2012, 01:49 AM
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I have heard this too, but it doesn't seem to matter what I do, I'm always waking up to being on my back...
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