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Research shows that going to sleep on your side from 28 weeks of pregnancy halves your risk of stillbirth compared with going to sleep on your back. Lying on your back in the last three months of pregnancy presses on major blood vessels, which can reduce blood flow to the womb and oxygen supply to the baby.

Research in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas shows sleeping on your side makes a significant difference.

Follow the links for a leaflet, the Sleep On Side website and a 1-minute YouTube video.

For more information and for any questions or concerns, talk to your midwife, doctor or practice nurse.