If you’re pregnant with twins and you’re experiencing sleeping problems, you’re probably trying to figure out why your normal positions are so uncomfortable, and if there’s a best way to sleep while pregnant with twins. Fortunately, experts do recommend some sleeping positions that should lessen your discomfort.
Twin Pregnancies and Sleep
While most pregnant women experience some discomfort in their normal sleeping positions, the problem is only exacerbated in twin pregnancies. Sleep discomfort can arises from back pain, constipation, heartburn, and breathing problems associated with the increasing size of the fetuses.
Positions to Avoid
If you are a stomach sleeper, you will have to retrain yourself, for obvious reasons, to sleep in a different position as your pregnancy develops. It’s recommended that you change your sleeping position as soon as possible, rather than wait for when it’s necessary, so that you can get used to the new position before it’s absolutely necessary. If you sleep on your back, you’ll probably be able to continue your normal sleeping position for longer, but as the fetuses develop, you will ultimately have to give up this position too, as it can lead to backaches, breathing problems, low blood pressure, and digestive problems because of the weight of the uterus on the digestive tract and major blood vessels.
Physicians joking refer to the sleeping position most likely to give you some relief from discomfort during a twin pregnancy as SOS, or sleep on side. Sleeping on your side allows the bed to bear the weight of the pregnancy, reducing the burden on your body. Specifically, doctors recommend that you sleep on your left side. They recommend the left side because the liver is located on the right side of the body, and sleeping on the left side prevents the uterus from pressuring this vital organ. Sleeping on the left side can also help improve circulation and blood flow to all the other major organs.
Elevating your upper body with pillows can help alleviate breathing problems associated both with hormone changes during pregnancy and pressure from the uterus on the lungs. It can also help prevent heart burn. Some women pregnant with twins also feel more comfortable on their sides when they put a pillow between their legs or under their bellies.
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