Sleep position might influence stillbirth risk

June 15, 2011 1:52:49 PM PDT
For pregnant women, one possible way to reduce the risk of stillbirth may be as simple as sleeping on their left side, according to a study in the British Medical Journal, which is calling for larger studies to test the finding.

New Zealand researchers say sleeping on the back or right side late in pregnancy doubled the risk, but they stress it is still a risk considered quite low.

Sleeping on the left side may aid blood flow to the baby because the mother's major blood vessels are unimpeded by the heavy womb.