Why is it suggested for pregnant women to lay on their left side?

I have read this in a number of books and on pregnancy web sites but none have ever said why the left side is better than the right (I get the whole sleeping on your back or stomach thing). Just curious.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    We are told to sleep on our side because it makes your heart's job easier as it keeps the baby's weight from applying pressure to the large vein (called the inferior vena cava) that carries blood back to the heart from your feet and legs.

    Those that specifically recommend sleeping on the left side do so because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, lying on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ. Sleeping on the left side also improves circulation to the heart and allows for the best blood flow to the fetus, uterus, and kidneys.

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    Why is it suggested for pregnant women to lay on their left side?

    I have read this in a number of books and on pregnancy web sites but none have ever said why the left side is better than the right (I get the whole sleeping on your back or stomach thing). Just curious.

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    5 years ago

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  • Finding a Good Sleeping Position

    Early in your pregnancy, try to get into the habit of sleeping on your side. Lying on your side with your knees bent is likely to be the most comfortable position as your pregnancy progresses. It also makes your heart's job easier because it keeps the baby's weight from applying pressure to the large vein (called the inferior vena cava) that carries blood back to the heart from your feet and legs.

    Some doctors specifically recommend that pregnant women sleep on the left side. Because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, lying on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ. Sleeping on the left side also improves circulation to the heart and allows for the best blood flow to the fetus, uterus, and kidneys. Ask what your doctor recommends — in most cases, lying on either side should do the trick and help take some pressure off your back.

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  • 1 decade ago

    When you lay on the left side, there is the least amount of resistance to blood flow and vascular congestion to and from the uterus, which essentially means that the the uterus has optimum circulation. Either side is really ok though, the main thing you should avoid is staying off your back, as the weight of the baby will compress the large vessels that lie along the back.

    Source(s): RN, OB
  • Ethel
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    1 decade ago

    Well, either side is fine but laying on your left keeps your stomach in the lowest point and helps prevent some heartburn that you get later in pregnancy. Heck, if you're doing 1st Aid in the field they tell you to lay an injured person on their left side for two reasons, to allow their heart to pump more easily (slightly more strain on the right side) and if they vomit it comes out easily and goes out of the mouth.

  • 1 decade ago

    It help the boold flow through you body and to the baby.

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