Q&A: Should I Be Lying on My Left Side When Pregnant?

Someone told me I should be lying on my left side more when pregnant with multiples. What does this do?
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By Karen Moise, RN, Registered Nurse
Updated March 2, 2017
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While we can’t always control the position we sleep in, it’s a great idea to get in the habit of sleeping on your left side during pregnancy if at all possible. This can help improve blood flow and nutrients to your body and can even help reduce swelling in your ankles, feet and hands – something a woman who is pregnant with multiples will of course be grateful for! If you need to switch positions, the second best option is sleeping on your right side.  Avoid sleeping on your back though as much as possible – not only could it prove to be uncomfortable, but it can potentially lead to problems like dizziness, sleep apnea, snoring and even a change in blood pressure.

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