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Stillbirth link to sleeping on your back

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Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth.

A study of merely over 1,000 girls discovered the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs in the third trimester.

The study looked into 291 pregnancies that ended in stillbirth and 735 women who had a live birth.

Researchers say the position which women fall asleep in is most important – and they should not worry if they are on their back when they wake up.

About one in 225 pregnancies in the UK ends in stillbirth and the study writers estimate that about 130 babies’ lives a year could be saved if women went to sleep on their side.