The Right Sleeping Position During Pregnancy - Take This Advice to Get Some Sleep!


As your baby grows bigger, you might find it hard to find the right posture to get good sleep! Your protruding belly starts to get in the way so sleeping on your belly is simply not an option anymore!


All that’s on your mind - Is there a best way to sleep comfortably during pregnancy, without harming the growing baby?


What is the best position to sleep in during pregnancy?

The safest and best sleeping position for you is on your left side. This position ensures proper blood flow to the placenta that supplies blood and nutrients to your baby. It also keeps the pressure off your liver. Lie on your left side, with a pillow between your knees, and another under your belly.




Why is it dangerous to sleep on your back or on the right side?

Pregnant women who sleep on their back or on the right side, have a higher chance of stillbirth, studies say. Lying on your back, exerts greater pressure on the inferior vena cava, the largest vein which returns blood to your heart. Lying on the right side exerts pressure on the aorta, the largest artery which carries oxygen rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. This in turn, can affect the supply of blood and nutrients to the placenta that nourishes the baby.


Tips for a good night’s sleep during pregnancy:

  • Do not lie down immediately after eating. Maintain a 2 hour gap between eating and lying down.
  • If you have a tendency to heartburn, elevate your head while lying, with extra pillows under your neck or using bricks to elevate the bed itself.
  • If you feel short of breath, you can place a pillow under your side.
  • You can invest in a pregnancy pillow that will support your back as well.
  • Do not panic if you roll over onto your back. You might wake up due to shortness of breath automatically. Just reposition yourself, when you can.


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Disclaimer: This information has been provided by experts for users of BabyChakra..

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Comments (51)

Dr. Jasdeep kaur

useful article

Nayana Nanaware

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Sneha Khandait

useful article

sheetal bhardwaj

I wish I knew this before

Radhika P

I usually sleep on left side but from last 4 days..when I get up I have a bad pain at lower stomach n vagina..can't even stand for 10-15 mins..after waking up back n stomach pains really nineth month running..plz help is anything serious?? asha chaudhry Dr.Dhanya Prajesh Priya Sood

Ayesha Shaikh

Very useful didn't know the details

Angelina Jathanna

This is so well written.

Anu Sha

I wish I knew this before

Priya Yadav

Thank u for this

Humera Mehtab

I m not feeling comfortable on sleeping to my left side,,I feel comfortable on rightside.what to do?

Ammara Azmi

I wish I knew this before

Mahi raj rawat

Very helpful

dhanita james

This is just in time

Vidhi Desai

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Shruti Singhal


RakheeSree Reddy

This is just in time


Totally agree... Even before pregnancy I made a habit to sleep on left side as it has a scientific reason

Mrs. Vibha Tak

Hello all, while m sleeping on left side feeling so much uncomfortable, breathing problem, anxiety and so much pain in back. And feeling so much comfortable in right side last 1-2 months am sleeping on my right side or on straight but this article scared me

Mrs. Vibha Tak

Plz suggest what to do

Anshika Dandekar

I usually sleep on my right only. One thing because i have congestion issues and that makes it worst when i am on my left. Sleeping on right gives me a good sleep. My gyneac has told me to sleep in any position. Vibha Tak dont get too tensed check with your doctor.

Tamsina Saddam hussain memon

This is exactly what I was looking for.


Hallo is der someone who can help me


Any tips for me

charmi shah

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Pragya Saxena

I have a habit of sleeping on right side . I keep on changing my side.. what to do

Nayana Nanaware

Pragya Saxena can you please ask question on feed as well??



Adzablatsu Gloria

This is so well written.

Cynthia Dube

Sounds like so much fun.

Minu Mahali

I wish I knew this before

Minakshi Ashwani Bisht

Hi... I can't feel comfortable sleeping on my left.. I usually sleep on my right side it gives a sound sleep...hope that it will not create any problem ....plz help


This is just in time

Manu Singh

This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for this helpful article. But, I feel pain while continuously sleeping on my left. What can be the solution?


very important message

Rakshitha J

I wish I knew this before

Khyati J

The detailed info helps a lot to stay CALM during these days😙😙😙

Neharika Agarwal

Thanks for d info

Ritika Chavhan

in first trimester how to sleep

Barbie Mwangi

Sounds like so much fun.


My grand father always insisted us to sleep on left side from the very childhood And we followed blindly whatever he said. But now I know the reason. Thanks.

Neeru Kapoor

Very very useful

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