Fatigue during pregnancy is a common symptom especially between the first and the third trimesters.
A rise in progesterone levels along with the pressure of carrying the weight of the baby can increase this fatigue. Sleep deprivation might add to the problem.
During the first trimester, it is safe for a woman to sleep in whichever position she is comfortable with. whether that is laying on her back or side. By this time the uterus is large enough to interfere with the sleep patterns
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By the second and third trimesters, it is best to sleep on the left side. That maximizes the blood flow to the uterus without applying pressure on the liver. A few women experience back pain during pregnancy, to ease that may place a pillow or two between the knees or bend them during sleep.
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The following positions should be avoided during pregnancy. However, if you get into either of these positions during pregnancy, while sleeping, changing the position when you are conscious should be fine.
Many pregnant women worry that sleeping on their back will harm the developing fetus. However, there is no reason to avoid sleeping on the back during the first trimester. As pregnancy progresses, most women find that sleeping on the back becomes difficult.
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In the third trimester sleeping on the back adds pressure to the main blood vessels that deliver blood to the uterus. This pressure might reduce the oxygen supply to the fetus, it can also increase unpleasant symptoms, like dizziness, heartburn, nausea etc. in women.
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If a woman frequently awakens on her back, she can try using pillows to support her body and help her remain on her side.
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Always check with your doctor before trying anything new and connect with them if you feel the slightest discomfort. Your safety matters hence even a slight issue, that you think to be irrelevant is of major concern. Take care of yourselves.
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