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Sleeping a mother on her back doubles the risk of miscarriage .. What are the best positions?


Sleeping a mother on her back doubles the risk of miscarriage .. What are the best positions?

Sleeping a mother on her back doubles the risk of miscarriage .. What are the best positions?

Perhaps what most preoccupies a pregnant woman is knowing what is safe for her and her baby, and what are the best lifestyle changes to complete the pregnancy. These changes include sleeping positions and their effect on blood circulation and the heart.

A recent study showed that a mother who sleeps on her back during the third trimester of pregnancy is more likely to have a dead baby / isstock

A pregnant woman hears a lot of advice, such as the necessity of sleeping on her back in order to "prove pregnancy", or not to carry many weights in the early months of her pregnancy.

But are all these scientific facts, or are they just advice stemming from individual experiences passed on for generations?

Perhaps what most preoccupies a pregnant woman is knowing what is safe for her and her baby, and what are the best lifestyle changes that she may need to complete a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.

Is it safe for pregnant women to sleep on their backs, or does it double the risk of miscarriage?

In this report, we talk about the scientific facts of some of these tips.

Let's start with the last trimester of pregnancy, which is the most important

By the end of the second trimester, all of the fetus's organs and body parts are present and functioning.

During the last trimester of pregnancy, which is from the 27th week until birth, the baby grows and matures.

Now that you have reached your third trimester, you are actually in the hardest part of pregnancy.

At this stage, your baby's senses continue to advance, and your baby is using his sense of hearing and touch to learn his body and your womb.

Your baby hears and knows your voice, and may move in response to music.

Your baby is also starting to do important movements, including grasping, and he may start sucking the thumb.

You will feel your baby kicking and moving a lot in the first weeks of the last trimester of pregnancy.

As time passes, your baby will grow in size, and you will feel more stretching, twists, kicks and punches.

You may gain about 5 kilos during this stage. A large portion of this weight will be from your baby, but you will also gain extra weight from the amniotic fluid in the breasts, blood and uterus.

During the last weeks of pregnancy, you will clearly notice some changes in your body, perhaps the most prominent of which are those that occur to the breasts in preparation for the breastfeeding process.

You experience back pain through what is called false labor, which is a small rehearsal for real labor when the fetus is delivered.

The ideal sleeping position for the pregnant woman

With all these variables, it is necessary to pay attention to the position of the body during sleep, which can be a major factor in maintaining a healthy fetus.

The extra weight that you have gained puts extra pressure on your back, which can leave you feeling pain in the back.

You may also feel pelvic discomfort and focus, as the ligaments relax in preparation for work.

To relieve pressure on your back, always try to sit up straight, and use a chair that provides good back support.

You can also use a heating pad, and it is important to consult your doctor whether or not it is okay for you to take acetaminophen (a pain reliever).

Study: A pregnant woman sleeping on her back may cause a miscarriage

But when it comes to sleep, a recent study by researchers at the University of Huddersfield and published in the journal Clinical Medicine showed that mothers who sleep on their backs during the last three months of pregnancy are more than twice as likely to have a dead baby.

The study is one of the largest studies conducted to date, and it found that sleeping pregnant women on the back is associated with a 2.6-fold increased risk of miscarriage and pregnancy loss compared to sleeping on one side.

The study was conducted on more than 1000 women, and the research team obtained information about their sleep practices before pregnancy, during pregnancy and the night before pregnancy loss for 851 women who had undergone an abortion and 225 women who continued to become pregnant until they gave birth.

The researchers say that it is normal for a pregnant woman to move and change her sleep position during the night, and women who wake up on their back should not feel anxious, but rather move to their side when they return to sleep.

The position we adopt when we start to sleep is often maintained for a long time.

Researchers estimate that the rate of miscarriages in the UK could drop by 3.7% if no woman slept on her back, especially during the last three months of pregnancy.

The researchers suggest that one of the reasons associated with this increased risk is reduced blood flow to the uterus, due to the pressure of the baby and stomach on major blood vessels destined for the mother's heart and womb.

So what's the best sleeping position for pregnant women?

And about the best sleeping position for pregnant women, the head of the research team, Dr. Tomasina Stacey, said that sleeping on the left side is appropriate for the fetus, to reduce pressure on the vein in this case, which reduces swelling of the legs and enhances the efficiency of blood circulation.

The American Pregnancy Association called on expectant mothers to avoid sleeping on their backs.

In another study , researchers in New Zealand placed 10 healthy pregnant women in MRI scanners to see if they could see changes in blood flow when they were lying on their back or on their left side. They found that how well blood was pumped to the heart was the same in both situations.

However, blood flow and inferior vena cava diameter were decreased when lying on their back.

Researchers expect that these studies will contribute to justifying some miscarriages.