Pregnancy is a phase when health becomes the topmost priority in a woman’s life. From diet and exercises to sleep and proper sleeping positions, there are several aspects that demand attention. With a growing belly, it is necessary to be careful when choosing the correct sleeping position during pregnancy.
In this article, we will explain the best sleeping position for pregnant women and share some Vastu guidelines to help you.
Best sleeping position during pregnancy
Sleeping on the left side
Pregnant women should carefully select the right sleeping position after the first trimester. One of the best sleeping positions during pregnancy is to sleep on the side, which is the most comfortable and safest position for the woman and her baby. According to health experts, sleeping on the left side is beneficial as it improves circulation, ensuring the supply of nutrient-rich blood from the heart to the placenta connected to the uterus, which nourishes the baby. This position boosts kidney function, aiding in the efficient removal of waste products and less swelling of feet, ankles, and hands.
Sleeping on the stomach
Some women prefer to sleep on their stomach until the bump makes it difficult to sleep in this position. However, a pregnant woman should avoid sleeping on her back or her stomach after the fifth month of pregnancy.
Lying on the back or stomach exerts pressure on the aorta of heart, inferior vena cava, and blood vessels behind the uterus that supply blood back to the heart from the legs and feet.
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Useful tips on sleeping positions during pregnancy
Stomach and back support
Getting more belly and back support is important for pregnant women when sleeping. For this, use a pillow under the tummy and between the knees. You can also purchase pregnancy pillows available in markets these days. Placing the pillow will support your body and help position it on the side by protecting you against rolling to your back or stomach.
Place a pillow under your side to get help during shortness of breath. This arrangement will help raise the chest and allows easy breathing.
How to reduce heartburn?
You can use books or blocks to elevate the head of a bed by a few inches. Sleeping in this position will lower acid levels in stomach and heartburn symptoms.
Importance of sleep during pregnancy
Sleep is essential as it helps rejuvenate and repair the body and maintain many vital functions. The blood vessels rejuvenate themselves during sleep and this is beneficial as extra pressure is on the blood vessels as additional blood supply is needed to aid the baby’s growth.
Moreover, ensuring the correct sleeping position during pregnancy and getting proper rest boosts the weakened immune system in pregnant women. Sleep helps control the way a human body reacts to insulin. Inadequate sleep can lead to increased blood sugar levels, thus increasing the risk of gestational diabetes.
Sleeping direction for pregnant ladies: Vastu Shastra guidelines
As per Vastu Shastra, the best direction to sleep for a pregnant woman is the head facing towards the south direction as it is beneficial for her health due to the body’s natural polarity. Pregnant women should avoid sleeping with their heads facing towards the east direction. The main reason for this is the thermal heat, which affects pregnancy. When the earth’s eastern side is heated, the western part remains cold. Thus, thermal electricity, generated due to the sun, moves from east to west.
Here are more Vastu tips on sleeping position during pregnancy:
- A pregnant woman should avoid sleeping under any overhead beam. Keep the bedroom and area around the bed clutter-free.
- One should sleep in the southwest direction of the bedroom. Avoid the northwest direction.
- Avoid television, computers, or other electronic gadgets in bedrooms, as these can be sources of negative energy.
- Avoid the southeast area of the house at least for the first three months. She can sleep in a northeast room.
- Make sure the room is well-lit and well-ventilated.
- Women must read religious and motivational books during
- Decorate the bedroom with pictures of beautiful children. Hang attractive paintings on walls but avoid those depicting violence or any negativity.
- Do not use bathrooms under stairs.
- While keeping plants at home, do not use thorny plants like cactus or plants with white sap like rubber plants. Do not keep the Bonsai plant at home as it denotes stunted growth.
How can I change my sleeping position during pregnancy?
Change the sleeping position during pregnancy slowly and carefully. Roll over to the side to get a comfortable position. If you are not comfortable sleeping on the left side, you can roll onto the right side.
What happens if you accidentally sleep on your back while pregnant?
A pregnant woman should avoid sleeping on the back all night. However, there is no need to panic if one rolls to the front or back during sleep.
Can we sit on the floor during pregnancy?
Yes, pregnant women can sit on the floor as long as they are comfortable.