Factor Increasing The Risk Of Stillbirth – Part 2 of 3
Women who smoke or have high blood pressure are at greater risk than others, but sometimes there is no explanation for a stillbirth. To see whether sleep position is connected to stillbirth risk, Gordon’s pair studied 103 women who had suffered a late stillbirth – after the 31st week of pregnancy – and 192 pregnant women who were in the third trimester. They found that of women who had a stillbirth, almost 10 percent said they had slept on their backs during pregnancy, including the remain month.
That compared with only 2 percent of women with healthy pregnancies. When the researchers accounted for other factors – such as smoking and women’s body cross – back-sleeping was still linked to an increased risk of stillbirth. Dr Halit Pinar, director of perinatal and pediatric pathology at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, studies implicit risk factors for stillbirth. He said his research has found that impaired fetal growth is a “major risk factor” for stillbirth – a interdependence that Gordon’s team saw in the current study as well.
When it comes to sleep position, Pinar said the current findings raise an interesting question, but that’s as far as they go. According to Pinar, it’s “feasible” that blood course to the fetus could be diminished when a woman sleeps on her back. “But without any objective evidence, such as measuring the actual flow to the placenta and the baby, it’s hard to endure that without some trepidation. “At this stage I don’t think we can reach any conclusions about the effect of sleep position and come up with a recommendation”.