Can A Pregnant Woman Lay On Her Stomach?

As your baby bump grows, you may find that trying to find the right position to sleep in can be uncomfortable. You may also be wondering which sleeping positions are the best for you and baby and if it is safe to continue to sleep on your stomach while pregnant.


If you just found out you are pregnant and are suffering with common pregnancy fears, we can help alleviate one of them right now. Here’s the truth about sleeping on your tummy while pregnant.

What The Experts Say

According to New York OB-GYN Ashley Roman, MD, it is perfectly safe to sleep on your stomach during the early stages of pregnancy. But as your baby bump gets bigger, it will not be comfortable laying on your stomach, nor will it most likely be possible.

Sleeping while pregnant can be bothersome, as several changes taking place within the body lead to sleep disruption for mama. The American Pregnancy Association says the reasons for sleep discomfort during pregnancy include an increasing abdomen size, back pain, heartburn, shortness of breath and insomnia.

The Best Sleep Position During Pregnancy

The APA says it is best to sleep on your side, what they dub “SOS.”  Studies have shown that it is also better to sleep on your left side in order to increase blood flow and much-needed nutrients to your placenta and baby.

It has also been recommended to avoid sleeping on your back after 20 weeks, as this can compress a major blood vessel called the vena cava. If compressed, you can become nauseated, dizzy and short of breath. Other problems that may arise from sleeping on your back include low blood pressure, decreasing circulation, backaches, digestive issues and hemorrhoids.

Tips For Getting Comfortable

Try placing a pillow under your abdomen if you are suffering from back pain. If heart burn has struck, prop up your upper body with pillows.  For shortness of breath woes, try laying on your side or propping yourself with pillows as you sleep.

You may also want to invest in a good pregnancy pillow.  In my opinion, this is what helped me get the most sleep while I was pregnant. Here are some of the best pregnancy pillows on the market.

5 Comfortable Pregnancy Pillows To Help Send You Off To Dreamland

1. The Snoogle

First on the list is the Snoogle. I absolutely loved to sleep with my Snoogle when I was pregnant with my daughter (I think my husband initially grew a bit jealous and annoyed with it, though in the end, he even tried to steal it for himself a couple of times!).

If you are a stomach or back sleeper, this pillow helps keep you comfortably on your side while making you feel cozy and secure. Designed to follow the natural contour of your body from head to toe, the Snoogle helps you find sleeping positions that are perfect for you.

The slightly curved end of the pillow can tuck securely between your knees and conforms to your particular body shape. You may not want to part with this pillow – ever!

2. The Boppy Pregnancy Wedge Pillow

This is a versatile and firm pillow that you can use to provide good support for your belly and back. It is designed to be used in a portable and compact manner, in a variety of ways. The cotton cover the pillow comes with is removable and machine washable.

3. The PharMeDoc C-Shaped Body Pillow

This pillow is designed to help everyone get a good night’s sleep. The C shape of the pillow conforms to the natural curve of the body and provides support for the neck, back and of course, a pregnant belly.

It features adjustable polyfill material that is said to help relieve back and neck pain and pain from stress points. This particular pillow has been said to be especially useful for women in the third trimester.

It helps keep expectant moms on their sides and can be used as a nursing pillow once the little one arrives.

4. Queen Rose U-Shaped Pillow

Colored in fun pink and blue hue, the Queen Rose pregnancy pillow provides an ergonomic way for moms to be to sleep. The cutout in the middle is intended to surround the body with soft, cottony material. The Queen Rose pillow has also been said to help boost circulation.

5. Pregnancy Pillow by Cozy Bump

Last but not least, here is a pillow just for you, stomach sleepers! This is an inflatable pregnancy pillow with a hole cut out in the center. If you thought it would be entirely impossible to sleep on your tummy throughout your pregnancy, this option may be worth checking out.

As your baby bump grows, you can adjust the amount of air in the pillow to your liking and comfort level. It is worth mentioning that this pillow is also ob-gyn and chiropractor approved.

Happy sleeping, and enjoy it while you can!


Rhonda Mix

Rhonda is mom to a bright and sweet little girl. She enjoys writing for work, writing for fun and reading when time allows. Also passionate about travel, she has a fondness for Taiwan - where she once lived in a previous chapter of her life. She looks forward to all the adventures ahead and exploring new places with two of her biggest loves - her daughter and husband.

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