Sleepless in Seattle – Gotta LOVE Pregnancy!

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Hi #Preggos!

It’s me again- Dr. Drai, your Fav OBGYN! It’s 2ish AM in the morning. I’m in my call room … just got finished catching 2 babies. Awww, I love bringing another life into the world (and I, like most of you, can’t sleep). And no, my baby isn’t kicking me – or moving around too much in my belly! LOL!

Preggos, you have the hardest time getting comfortable sleep.

I feel so sorry for you all. The sleep positions that you did before you got preggo just aren’t going to work anymore because your belly is big, you have acid reflex, your back hurts, AND you feel like you can’t catch your breath.

I have a way of making pregnancy sound so great, right? It is- you get a healthy beautiful baby at the end. Sleeping on your left side is best way to catch some Zzzzz’s while preggo. Also, try to keep your knees and legs bent with a pillow in between them to make you more comfy. This position allows more blood flow and nutrients to the afterbirth and it helps the kidneys get rid of waste and excess fluid from your body.

So what does that all mean?

Your baby will get enough food and your ankles won’t swell as bad! They probably will still swell, though. I know you just can’t sleep on your left side all night, so it’s okay to flip flop. Just stay on your left side, mostly. By the way, sleeping on your back is a big No-No!!! The weight on the womb lies on the spine, back muscles, intestines, and major blood vessels (like the aorta- google that one!). Bad, bad, bad!

You can end up with hemorrhoids and we know how much you love those. AND, sometimes your blood pressure can drop, making you dizzy. But most importantly, your baby may not get enough nutrients. So just don’t do it! Have your hubby, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend sleep on the left side of the bed. That way, your big belly can touch their back/belly and they can feel the baby kick them all night LONG, LOL.

I know. I know. Well, if you are up, keep them up too. They are the ones that got you pregnant in the first place. LOL! Remember #Preggos, you won’t be sleepless in Seattle for long, 40 weeks- let me repeat that again – it’s 40 weeks, not 37 weeks. It’s just around the corner. Until next time…

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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  • Andrea Robinson

    Hi, Dr. Drai! I think you’ve really hit the nail on the head! Not getting enough sleep is a #1 cranky-maker, not to mention life-ruiner. When I lose sleep for whatever reason, it’s terrible for me and for everyone around me.

    I’m way past the age of suffering sleepless nights due to pregnancy, but I bet millions of ladies would love to hear these tips! For example, who knew that sleeping on your left side is better than your right? It’s amazing what a little knowledge can do to improve your life!

    As for sleeping on the back, I can only say that that sounds way too uncomfortable for pregnancy, but the facts behind the discomfort are enough to dissuade any normal person from trying! After all, the whole point of this exercise is to come out with a healthy baby at the end.

    I loved the video and subscribed to the newsletter! Thanks for a great blog and for all the good information here. I can’t wait to read more. 🙂

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