How to Sleep Comfortably While Pregnant

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Sleeping comfortably while pregnant can be achieved with a body pillow, a maternity pillow or other pillows made specifically for women who have extra weight in front. Discover why pregnant women should never sleep on their backs with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy and obstetrics.

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My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm here to talk about ways that will help you sleep comfortable while pregnant. Suggestions would be a body pillow or a maternity pillow, a pillow specifically made for mom's who have extra weight on their front side to help sleep better. Also, you don't ever want to sleep on your back when you're pregnant. One, it's just difficult, and two, you have big blood vessels that run in the center of your body, your aorta and vena cava and so, when you're sleeping straight on your back, the baby puts pressure on these blood vessels and so, it diminishes the blood flow and can be dangerous for you and the baby. So, you always want to sleep on your side, preferably your left side, cause it gives more blood flow. And, these are ways that help you to sleep more comfortably during pregnancy.

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