Thursday, February 2, 2012

left side vs right side

So after almost 33 weeks of being pregnant I'm finally starting to feel some annoyances with pregnancy.  I thought I was doing well with staying positive, but I've finally come to the point where I can't handle one small aspect of pregnancy ... side sleeping.  More importantly left side sleeping.  

The best sleep position during pregnancy is "SOS" (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent and a pillow between your legs.

When I asked the doctor during my appointment this past Monday, if sleeping on the right side would be allowed, she said "I wouldn't if I were you."  This was pretty disheartening since she's a doctor and should know everything.  Except she's young and has never had a baby so does she really know what it feels like to be constrained to only sleeping on one side?
My whole issue with left side sleeping is that I've done it for weeks now and my left side is so incredibly sore.  My neck, shoulder, and chest are all in constant pain, even when I'm not laying down.  I literally wake myself up in the middle of the night in pain from sleeping that way.  I've been trying to alternate between the right and left side to somehow allow myself to get some sleep (in between waking up 2 or 3 times a night to go to the bathroom), and even that isn't enough.  There is still a good portion of the night where I lie in tremendous pain. 

I'm sure I'm making a bigger deal out of this than I should, but like those of you who know me, I get pretty neurotic about certain things and start overly obsessing about things out of my control.  Then I get a hold of the Internet and find articles like this that leave me freaking out even more.

Sleeping on Back or Right Side May Increase Stillbirth Risk - from Medscape Medical News

June 15, 2011 — Compared with pregnant women who sleep on their left side, those who sleep on their back may have double the risk of delivering a stillborn baby, and those who sleep on their right side also may have an increased risk, according to a new study.

Maybe I should stop my researching online and focus on staying positive.  I'm sure I'll bombard all moms at my baby shower this weekend to ask how they slept during their last trimester. 

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