Healthline: After a woman has a C-section, it can be hard for her find a comfortable sleep position that doesn’t place unnecessary pressure on her healing wound.
While back sleeping isn’t recommended once you’re more than 20 weeks pregnant, this position is recommended for those recovering from surgery. It places the least amount of strain and pressure on your incision site and ensures that your body is aligned in a neutral position.
If you need to elevate your legs or make this position more comfortable, it’s OK to add a body pillow or tightly rolled blanket or towel under your knees or arms.
Additionally, it’s not uncommon to experience obstructive sleep apnea postpartum, but those who’ve undergone a C-section are more likely to develop this condition. Sleeping at an incline can reduce pressure on your incision and ensure that your airway is open and unobstructed.