Going to sleep on your side in late pregnancy has been shown to reduce your risk of stillbirth. Tommy's has worked with clinicians, women in late pregnancy and women who have suffered a stillbirth to develop this film to raise awareness of the risk of sleeping on your back in late pregnancy.
How to sleep safely in pregnancy
New research shows that sleeping on your side in the third trimester helps prevent stillbirth.
[Baby sings: "There were two in the bed and the little one said 'Roll Over, Roll Over'"]
You might end up in all sorts of positions when you are asleep. And that's OK.
But the important thing to remember is to start on your side.
If you wake up on your back, don't worry, just roll back onto your side.
Going to sleep on your side means you're sleeping safely for your baby.
This film has been endorsed by NHS England, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Institute of Health Visitors (IHV).
We have received a huge amount of coverage for our #SleepOnSide campaign this week. These are some of the commonly asked questions about the research and the campaign, and our responses.
Nicola writes beautiful and uplifting posts about her experience of losing her first baby, Winter Wolfe, and parenting her second child, Raven Rain. Here she explains why she’s supporting Tommy’s Sleep On Side campaign.
We showed the Sleep on Side campaign and research to some well-known mums and filmed their reactions.
Press release for the launch of the Midlands and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS) research and the Sleep On Side campaign
A filmed presentation about the four research studies into maternal sleep position and pregnancy that led to the Sleep On Side campaign. Featuring Professor Alex Heazell.
Today we are launching a public health campaign, #SleepOnSide, to raise awareness of the link between the mother sleeping on her back in the third trimester and stillbirth. The fourth research study to show this link also publishes today.
In the third trimester of pregnancy going to sleep on your side has been shown to help prevent stillbirth.
ℹLast reviewed on November 20th, 2017. Next review date November 20th, 2020.