Sleeping while pregnant: first trimester
It’s quite a challenge to get a good night’s sleep in your first trimester of pregnancy for several reasons. Increased levels of progesterone, the discomfort of body changes, nausea, backaches, and frequent nighttime urination take their toll.
What is the best sleeping position in the first trimester?
Three little letters: SOS. It’s an acronym that stands for “sleep on your side.” In fact, favoring the left side of your body is even more beneficial as it increases the amount of blood and nutrients reaching your baby.
Laying on your stomach while sleeping
In contrast, laying on your stomach is one of the worst options as it produces lower back pain, and strains the neck muscles. Similarly, sleeping on your back is problematic since it forces your enlarged uterus to put pressure on the inferior vena cava. Both of these positions ultimately reduce blood flow to your fetus and trigger dizziness and nausea.