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In this blog post we are going to
cover the risk and benefits of lying on your
front during pregnancy
One of the first questions we get asked when someone is presented with Belloost Home Pregnancy Pillow is, how do I use it?
And the second question is, is it safe to lie on my front during pregnancy?
Unlike other pregnancy pillows on the market, Belloost Home Pregnancy Pillow is designed primarily for prone lying. What does this mean? It means you can lie on your front safely and comfortably WITHOUT any pressure on your bump or breasts as it takes away the risk of bump compression.
Belloost Home Pregnancy Pillow has been specifically designed with curves and contours which make it easy to get on and off, and also makes it easy to adjust so it fits your growing bump through to full term. If you've not watched it already, check out our 'How to' video which demonstrates how to safely get on and off your pillow.
With its roots in the healthcare sector, and having been designed by a mum and baby chiropractor, Belloost Home Pregnancy Pillow provides comfort and support, while creating a gentle stretch to the spine and hips. Although the temptation is to just dive on, we always advise you to take your time with it. In a few simple steps you can gently lie on your front and enjoy the benefits the position and pregnancy pillow brings to your spine and pelvis.
To answer this question, we can look to the research. A recent study in Australia using a similar prone pregnancy pillow, showed short periods of lying belly-down had some benefits in reducing blood pressure in women suffering with preeclampsia without any direct adverse effects. Pretty awesome right! Like much of the women's health research which is somewhat stuck in the dark ages, more larger scale studies will be needed to see if this could be implemented as an actual medical intervention, but it is definitely a big step in the right direction.
Research has also shown lying on your front during pregnancy has a greater effect on freeing up blood flow to the lower half of the body, more-so than lying on your left side. This is to do with the major blood vessels that deliver blood to and from the lower body (including your uterous) being situated towards the back of your abdomen. And this is why it is advised not to lie on your back during pregnancy. Now, with a safe way of lying on your front during pregnancy, Belloost Home Pregnancy Pillow has opened up another position for pregnant women to safely rest and relax in.
The prone position in healthy pregnant women and in women with preeclampsia – a pilot study. Alicia T. Dennis, Liesel Hardy & Liz Leeton. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth volume 18, Article number: 445 (2018)
Yuichiro Nakai, Makiko Mine, Junko Nishio, Takeshi Maeda, MotoharuImanaka & Sachio Ogita (1998) Effects of maternal prone position on the umbilical arterial flow,Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 77:10, 967-969