The Question Every Soon-To-Be Mom Wants To Know: Can I Sleep On My Stomach During Pregnancy?

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When you’re pregnant you’re automatically inundated with a list of so-called “things you cannot ever do ever.” Don’t eat soft cheese, don’t eat sushi, don’t drink alcohol, and don’t sleep on your back, for example, are all rules soon-to-be moms are supposed to live by. So if you’re wondering what in the world is OK when you’re pregnant, you’re not alone. So let’s start with the basics, because the following question is one I’m convinced every pregnant woman has asked herself: can I sleep on my stomach during pregnancy? Turns out, like almost every “suggestion” you’ll hear as a pregnant woman until your child turns 18-years-old and leaves the house, it kind of depends. Welcome to parenthood, mom!

The underlying question about sleeping on your stomach while you’re pregnant is usually tied to the idea that you’ll somehow “squish the baby” if you sleep in the aforementioned position. While that assumption isn’t entirely far-fetched, it’s not entirely accurate, either. When you’re in the early stages of pregnancy, there isn’t any risk that you’re going to “squish the baby.” And when the baby starts to get bigger, sleeping on your stomach is going to be near impossible and very uncomfortable. According to New York OB-GYN Ashley Roman, MD, who spoke with The Bump, you’ll likely…

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