Family & Relationships Is it safe to sleep on your back during pregnancy?

09:45  13 october  2017
09:45  13 october  2017 Source:   Netdoctor (UK)

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If you typically sleep on your back , it 's safe to continue doing so through the first trimester. But as your uterus gets heavier around mid- pregnancy , it 's best to choose another position. When you lie on your back

It ’s (Probably) Safe to Sleep on Your Back While Pregnant . by Amy Kiefer on August 19, 2014. But several pregnancy websites and and my OBs had warned me against sleeping on my back during pregnancy .

Don't sleep on your back during pregnancy, experts warn © Image Source / Getty Don't sleep on your back during pregnancy, experts warn For pregnant women with large bumps, lying on your back may seem like the most natural way to go to sleep. However, new research published in The Journal of Physiology shows that such a position has the potential to harm unborn babies.

Sleeping on your back in late pregnancy has been linked with lower levels of foetus activity and an increased risk of stillbirth – whilst sleeping on your side was found to be much better for the wellbeing of both mother and baby.

The study

Researchers at the University of Auckland monitored the sleep positions of 30 pregnant women at 34-48 weeks' gestation by setting up infrared video cameras to record them overnight. The heart rate of both mother-to-be and unborn baby were also recorded using an ECG device.

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Before pregnancy , you may be a back sleeper or stomach sleeper or used to sleep on your sides. During pregnancy , you have to be concerned of safety and health of your child before selecting your sleeping position. Is It Safe To Sleep On My Stomach During Pregnancy ?

Is it Safe While Pregnant . What Sleep Positions During Pregnancy Should I Avoid? Sleeping on your back : This can cause problems with backaches, breathing, the digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and cause a decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby.

It was found that foetuses were only active (signifying a healthy state) when the mother lay on her left or right side. Comparatively, babies whose mothers lay on their backs were very quiet and still inside the womb. Peter Stone, one of the lead investigators on the study said:

"In the situation where the baby may not be healthy, such as those with poor growth, the baby may not tolerate the effect of maternal back sleeping. We are suggesting that there is now sufficient evidence to recommend mothers avoid sleeping on their back in late pregnancy, not only because of the epidemiological data but also because we have shown it has a clear effect on the baby."

All of the women participating were healthy with healthy babies. Next, the will investigate pregnancies where the foetus is not growing properly or the mother has reported decreased foetal movements, as both situations have been associated with an increased risk of stillbirth.

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Is it safe to sleep on your back during pregnancy ? The best posit…ion to sleep in during pregnancy is on your side.

Is It Safe to Sleep on Back During Pregnancy ? No,you should avoid sleeping on back to ensure a healthy pregnancy . Or you may have to deal with several pregnancy complications. During pregnancy , sleeping on your left side is probably the safest bet.

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