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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

pregnant sleep positions

Why have women been encouraged to sleep on their left sides, particularly since sleeping during pregnancy can already be uncomfortable and difficult? There is a known phenomenon that can limit blood flow during labor if a woman lies flat on her back. Especially at the end of pregnancy, when a woman's uterus and the baby take up a large portion of the body. If a woman lies flat on her back during labor, it's possible to compress blood vessels underneath. That could lead to decreased circulation and a drop in the baby's heart rate. To counteract this, women are told to position themselves slightly to the side. However, new research suggests they can choose whatever position is most comfortable through most of the pregnancy. Pregnant women underwent a sleep study where their positions were recorded. Ultimately, researchers could not find a link between sleep positions and pregnancy complications. "We can reassure women that through 30 weeks of pregnancy, different sleep positions are safe," said study lead author Dr. Robert Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. healthday
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