Tommy's has launched the Sleep On Side campaign today in response to the publication of a fourth research study confirming a link between going to sleep supine (on back) in late pregnancy and stillbirth.
The international research teams that have been involved in these studies have called for women to be made aware of the research, and informed that going to sleep on their side in late pregnancy could reduce their risk of stillbirth. We have worked with parents and clinicians to create an animation to raise awareness of the importance of going to sleep on your side in late pregnancy.
By Ariana (not verified) on 19 Jul 2018 - 14:12
I am 31 weeks pregnant. I live in Australia. I am trying to sleep on my side consistently but I find it comfortable for my reflux and breathing to sleep in an upright position - almost sitting but not quite. I have a bed head to lean on and I am never flat on my back and normally on a significant incline. Can you advise if I am not flat on my back am I still increasing my risk of still birth? Thank you.
By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Jul 2018 - 15:30
Hi Ariana, Thank you for your comment.
We do recommend that you try and fall asleep on your side as research has shown that this does reduce the risk of stillbirth. We wouldn't recommend that you are flat on your back but the recommendation is to sleep on your side. Hope this helps. Take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Charlie (not verified) on 4 Jun 2018 - 02:24
I’ve got a constant pressure on my downstairs area and I’m constantly feeling sick. I’m feel like I’m always going to the toilet and got pain in my lower back. I’m 31 weeks 2 days, just hoping it’s not premature labour.
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jun 2018 - 14:04
Thanks for contacting us. Some pressure in later pregnancy is normal. However i would like you to speak to your midwife about this in order for her to do a full assessment.
Please contact us again if you have any further questions.
By Bethany (not verified) on 9 Mar 2018 - 05:42
Hi, I’m bethany& I’m 17 years old. I’m 2 months and 3 weeks pregnant, I’ve only just found out on Tuesday, this is my first pregnancy which is nerve racking but I’m not with the dad anymore, I don’t work anymore but I can do this. The dad has said he’s going to be around and help which is great, I just don’t know how to book scans, get in contact with a midwife, can I please have advice on how to do this?
By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Mar 2018 - 11:35
Are you in the UK? If so, all you have to do is to see your GP and he/she will refer you to your local hospital for your pregnancy care. You can also self refer if you would like to but this may not be easier. If you have difficulty please call us on 0800 0147 800 and we will try to help you. We are here to answer the phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Nov 2017 - 10:50
Thank you for sharing your story and helping others too! Every woman needs to be individually assessed by her obstetric team to know if certain medications are suitable for them to take before they are prescribed.
Take care of yourself :) Sophie,Tommy's Midwife
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Nov 2017 - 10:14
I am so sorry to hear how you are struggling so much with your indigestion in pregnancy- that is rubbish. I know it is really tough but it will end! It wont last forever, but i know it is not fun in the interim!
You are doing the right thing- so please don't panic. Propping yourself up with pillows is fine, but you need to be fairly upright to ensure that you do not slide down into a "flat on your back" position if possible. But you are also changing positions frequently and laying on your side too. So you do not need to worry- you're doing a great job! Please take care of yourself and contact us again if we can be of any help!
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Nov 2017 - 09:26
Congratulations on your Twinnies Peter! What lovely news!
Yes, absolutely, sleeping on the side (left or right) is applicable for pregnancy with any number of babies! We want as much blood flow and oxygen to get to the babies as possible and laying on the side aids this. Laying on the back can cause compression of the main vein which delivers these to the baby/babies and so the weight of two babies, makes this even more important- regardless of how the babies are laying inside the uterus.
Please get in touch if you have any more questions
By Michelle Hill (not verified) on 20 Nov 2017 - 22:00
I can't fall asleep on my side due to incredibly painful indigestion. I always fall asleep propped up on pillows on my back. As soon as I lay down my stomach and acid is in my throat and it burns and I feel sick and have to drink a bucket of gaviscon. The only way I get any sleep is if I sleep propped up on my back and then drop to sleeping on my side (usually) after 2am. I do not want to put my baby at risk but now I'm worried I'm doing the wrong thing. There is nothing I can do for the indegestion apart from ride it out. I've tried all the midwife suggestions and short of not eating any dinner which means I go to bed with an empty stomach but wake up 2am starving and suffering indegestion due to no food in my stomach, I have no idea what to do now!!
By Gemma (not verified) on 22 Nov 2017 - 09:38
Have you discussed with your midwife or gp a medication called Ranitidine for the Heartburn? It's really quite incredible and may help you in your situation.
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Nov 2017 - 10:47
Hi Gemma, in most cases, it is the GP or Obstetric doctor that prescribes Ranitidine in pregnancy- Midwives are not able to prescribe this. But thank you so much for suggesting this and sharing your information. It is not always possible for some ladies to take certain medication in pregnancy, but if appropriate, this one is considered safe for pregnancy.
Sophie, Tommy's Midwife
By Lottie (not verified) on 22 Nov 2017 - 10:01
Hi there, I suffered awful acid reflux in my pregnancy, and like you, tried everything to relieve it, including a foam wedge pillow arrangement! I actually saw Dr several times and was prescribed gaviscon advanced ( no real help), ranitidine (also no real help) and then I went back and got Omeprazole which is a proton pump inhibitor, actually stops your stomach from producing all that acid. And that really helped me. Do go back to Dr and ask. I slept on side as was very aware of this research, Omeprazole really helped me x
By Peter (not verified) on 20 Nov 2017 - 21:33
We are expecting twins (currently in the 14th week). Does the #SleepOnTheSide advice apply to twin pregnancies as well?