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Left lying

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

Have you been told that it’s better to sleep on your left side when pregnant and wondered why? Well here are some good reasons from @student_midwife_studygram. Don’t worry though, there is no need to panic if you wake up in the middle of the night and you find yourself either flat on your back or on your right side. Gently turn to your left side and get comfy before you fall back to sleep again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💤 Studies have shown that it may reduce the risk of having a stillbirth by 3.7% rather than sleeping in the supine (back) position.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💤 Sleeping on the left takes pressure off the Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) allowing a better circulation of blood around the mother and fetus.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💤 It takes pressure off the liver which is located on the right side of the body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💤 Enables a better blood flow and nutrients to flow through the placenta, due to improved circulation over a back or right side sleeping position.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @pommamayoga⠀⠀


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