Five Branches owner Rachel Reich demonstrates how a portion of the table is removed for pregnant women. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Toward the end of pregnancy, a woman can no longer sleep on her back or stomach and is discouraged from dozing on her right side, for fear of restricting the blood flow to the vena cava.
That means she’s basically limited to sleeping on the left side, perhaps wrapped in a pregnancy pillow and hopefully with some support between the knees to take the pressure off her hips. It doesn’t leave much room for tossing and turning through the night.