Sleep when pregnant

In at least one book and countless web searches pregnant women can quickly find information that advises sleeping on their left side is best for baby. Off they go to purchase a Snoogle or to pile a mountain of pillows in bed to ensure that they aren't laying on their back or stomach or right side. Uncomfortable in this position, they sleep and worry that they might move.

A paper published in 2007 however may give peace of mind to women who just want to sleep, in any comfortable position while pregnant.  Dr. Dan Farine and Dr P. Garth Seaword, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, notes in his paper that "neither the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada nor the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends any pattern or position for sleep." 

The article further states that "advising women to sleep or lie exclusively on the left side is not practical... Instead, women should be told that a small minority of pregnant women feel faint when lying flat." If you don't feel good in a position, roll over.

If a healthy pregnant woman is uncomfortable she should find a comfortable position to sleep in. Simple as that.  Then repeat as necessary after getting up to go pee (again!). 

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