I am so sorry that you have been worrying so much. And waking 4 times a night has to be draining for you. It can be confusing to read or hear about sleeping positions. Lying on your left side is misleading. It comes from the information that when a woman is “very” pregnant (8 months and beyond) her uterus can decrease blood flow to the major arteries of the legs. This does NOT, at all mean you should only lie on your left side. Imagine how the human species survived before we had a book to tell us to lie on our left sides! It is perfectly fine to sleep or lie down in absolutely whatever position is comfortable to you. It is fine to sleep on your back at this stage of pregnancy. You will probably find that as you get bigger (you may remember this from your first pregnancy) it is likely to be more comfortable to sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs.
I am so sorry that you had experienced miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy. Please know that nothing you did, no position, no activity, caused them to happen. The best thing you can do for your baby is to have regular prenatal care, eat a healthy, nutritious diet and rest as your body needs to. Please sleep a full night from now on!
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