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Implications for nursing practice
■ There is some evidence that settling to sleep in the left position may reduce the risk of stillbirth.
■ For women in late pregnancy getting up more than once overnight may also reduce the risk of stillbirth.
Implications for nursing research
■ There is a need for further research to ascertain the extent to which sleeping on the left side is protective for stillbirth.
■ This research should also explore the point in the pregnancy at which it is important to adopt a left-lying sleeping position.
Research into modifiable and preventive risk factors for stillbirth is emerging as an area of research interest across …
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