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August 6th, 2011, 08:54 AM
Morgan85's Avatar Veteran
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So I know there is a certain point when you're not supposed to lay on your back for any length of time...what week is it, lol? I'm normally a side sleeper but the past few days I've been waking up on my back and freaking out that I'm going to continue it as I go through the pregnancy. I have to break the habit now!
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August 6th, 2011, 08:59 AM
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I think it's around 14 weeks. That's more for laying on the floor for exercise, though. Double up your head pillows at night and you're fine. I slept on my sides and back all through my last pregnancy when I couldn't sleep on my stomach anymore.

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August 6th, 2011, 09:30 AM
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My body told me when to not lay on my back anymore. I never went by any specific week. I'm a side/belly sleeper anyway but I could definitely feel the difference when I laid on my back for too long.
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August 6th, 2011, 10:04 AM
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I slept elevated but still on my back all through all my pregnancies but my body would tell me when I needed to change position

Here is a link to why they say not to

Is Sleeping on Your Back During Pregnancy OK?
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August 6th, 2011, 11:15 AM
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I aam a back sleeper normally, so this is always hard for me. I wake on my back all the time out of habit. However, once the baby gets big enough, I really can't breathe, and I start to elevate myself or sleep on my side.

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August 6th, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Thanks for the info ladies!
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August 6th, 2011, 11:32 AM
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I stopped when it is uncomfortable or I feel the baby kicking me because it doesn't like it.

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August 6th, 2011, 12:15 PM
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I've heard different studies and reports about this. Some people say to do nothing but side sleep, and others say to sleep how you feel comfortable. The "danger" in back sleeping is that you'd cut off circulation, but honestly, if you are cutting off an artery or something, your body will move itself for you.

I slept comfortable on my back till the day I delivered DD. I had tried the side sleeping only, and started to get bedsores from not changing positions. So I started doing what was comfortable. I didn't have digestive or dizziness problems when I added the position back. You'll move if you aren't comfortable, don't worry.
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August 6th, 2011, 12:31 PM
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I keep waking up on my back...I hate sleeping on my side!!!

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August 6th, 2011, 01:59 PM
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Well my boobies have gotten so massive that I can't breathe on my back so... 10 weeks for me.

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August 6th, 2011, 02:07 PM
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Last pregnancy I stopped when it got uncomfortable and breathing became a struggle. Probably about middle of 2nd trimester. Last night I woke up on my tummy twice and I got a bit freaked out I was squashing the baby!!! I guess its so cushioned and low still it would have been fine but still feel weird laying on my belly.

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