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Mom’s Sleeping Position Impacts Stillbirth Rates

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I remember how uncomfortable I was at the end of both of my pregnancies.  Finding a good sleep position seemed impossible.  I never imagined that whether I slept on my back or side would make a difference, but now there’s a new study that says your sleep position can  impact your chance of having a stillborn.

A new study outlined on Yahoo! News  finds that pregnant women who sleep on their left side on the final night of their pregnancy cut their risk of stillbirth in half.  The research was conducted by Tomasina Stacey of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Auckland and published in the British Medical Journal.  The study suggests restricted blood flow to the baby when ”mom” lies on her back or right side for long periods may explain the link between stillbirths and sleeping positions.

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