Expectant mothers should sleep on their side towards the end of pregnancy, experts have said after a new study highlighted the dangers of laying flat on their back.
Researchers monitored both unborn babies and their mothers overnight to observe the effects of sleeping positions.
The study, published in The Journal of Physiology, found that women who sleep on their backs in late pregnancy may cause problems for the baby.
Previous studies have linked the position a mother sleeps in with an impact on the baby’s risk of still birth – compared with sleeping on the left side, lying flat facing upwards was found to be linked to an increased risk of stillbirth.
In the new study, researchers decided to monitor the immediate impact sleeping positions have on a baby by measuring them overnight. Read more