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Safe Sleep in Pregnancy

Sleeping on your side in pregnancy has the potential to reduce late-term stillbirth. [1] When you are pregnant, sleeping on your side is thought to maximise blood flow and oxygen to your growing baby.


Why does sleep matter?

Research shows from about 28 weeks pregnant, you should start to go to sleep on your side, either side is fine. If you wake up on your back in the middle of the night, don't worry- just roll over onto your side again! Falling asleep on your side means you stay on your side for the deepest and often longest part of your sleep, that's why we emphasise 'settling' to sleep on your side. 


To learn more watch the short video below on how to practice safe sleeping during pregnancy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. "Which side should I sleep on?"

    Either side is fine! As long as you're not sleeping flat on your back.

  2. "When should I start sleeping on my side?"

    Research suggests sleeping on your side becomes particularly crucial from 28 weeks pregnant. If you're not traditionally a 'side-sleeper' however, learning how to sleep on your side can be difficult, so the earlier you can form this new habit in your pregnancy, the easier it will be! 

  3. "What if I'm uncomfortable or have injuries?"

    If you do struggle to sleep on your side due to injuries or prior conditions, consult with your healthcare provider for a solution that is right for you and your baby. Pregnancy pillows can be a great solution to get the extra support you need too. 



[1] McCowan, L, et al. (2017) Going to sleep in the supine position is a modifiable risk factor for late pregnancy stillbirth; Findings from the New Zealand multicentre stillbirth case-control study.