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Table 2 Possibility of left side going-to-sleep position if better for baby

From: Survey of maternal sleep practices in late pregnancy in a multi-ethnic sample in South Auckland, New Zealand

Change to left side going-to-sleep position n = 377 (%)
 Currently sleep on left side 114 (30.2)
 Yes possible 227 (60.2)
 No not possible 36 (9.5)
Current going-to-sleep position if change not possible n = 36 (%)
 Right side 20 (55.5)
 Either side 11 (30.5)
 Supine 2 (5.6)
 Sitting or propped 2 (5.6)
 Prone 1 (2.8)
Anticipated difficulty with changing position n = 227 (%)
 Minimal difficulty 213 (93.8)
 Quite/very difficult 14 (6.2)
Factors to assist left side going-to-sleep positiona n = 227 (%)
 Pillow or cushion behind back 133 (35.3)
 No assistance anticipated 81 (21.5)
 Pillow between knees 67 (17.8)
 Pillow under abdomen 45 (11.9)
 Reminded by partner 43 (11.4)
 Change side of bed 33 (8.8)
 Change position of bed 23 (6.1)
 Change position of partner 14 (3.7)
 Children sleeping elsewhere 7 (1.9)
 Unsure due to hip pain 2 (0.5)
Change the side of bed slept on to assist left side going-to-sleep position n = 377 (%)
 Currently sleep on left-hand side of bed 160 (42.4)
 Yes possible 182 (48.3)
 No not possible 35 (9.3)
  1. aPercentages add up to more than 100% as some selected more than one reason