Today I want to talk to you about sleeping positions in pregnancy.
The phrase I want you to remember is, “Sleep on your side, while the baby’s inside”.
Evidence shows that sleeping on your side from 28 weeks of pregnancy onwards, reduces your risk of stillbirth by about 50%. It doesn’t matter what side you sleep on; it could be left or right, it makes no difference. The key thing is that you are off on one side and not lying flat on your back or flat on your stomach. The reason for this is quite simple, you have a uterus, and you have a major blood vessel that returns blood from the lower half of your body back to your heart. When you’re lying down, if you’re flat on your back, your uterus compresses that blood vessel and reduces blood flow to your heart and therefore to the placenta and baby.
If lying one your side, your uterus is off to either side of this blood vessel and stops that happening.
So, either side is fine, again, after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
If you wake up on your back, don’t let that worry you, just roll off. The key issue is, you don’t assume that position, flat on your back, when you’re trying to fall asleep.
So, let me conclude by saying, sleep on your side, while the baby’s inside.