Post # 1
I’m almost 22 weeks now, and sleeping is starting to get very uncomfortable. I know it’s only going to get worse, so I’d love to hear some advice from those of you who’ve been there done that. I know I’m supposed to sleep on my side, but this is making me wake up with stiff hips and a back ache. I tried sleeping with a pillow between my legs, but it just seems like such a hassle. I like to roll around in my sleep and retucking the pillow was just keeping me up. My husband and I share a full bed, so I am kind of hesitant to get a big body pillow or something that it going to take up a ton of space.
Advice? If nothing else, know of any good stretches for the back and hips?
Post # 2
LLEU: I have a fairly fluffy duvet so i shove that between my knees while I sleep. I’ve always done that tho, even pre pregnancy. My OB also told me that to do harm to the baby you would need to lay on your back for 33 hours. I dont know about you, but I would have to pee by then and would be getting up every 6 hours. So sleep on your back if its more comfortable for you! Other than that, i dont have much to add. Sorry!
Post # 3
LLEU: I had hip aches and hip pain on and off the last 3 or 4 months while sleeping. Nothing ever worked for them (for me), sorry to say! I really wanted to sleep on my back but it was also way uncomfortable. I’ve heard some people can sleep in a recliner on their back, so you could always try that?
Post # 4
I slept on my back while I was pregnant. I’d start out on my side, because that’s what they tell you to do, but I always woke up on my back. I think the risk from sleeping on your back is greatly exaggerated — but don’t take it from me, an internet rando — ask your doctor!
Post # 5
stillme: Haha, will do, but my next appointment is still a little over two weeks away!
Post # 6
I’m 20 weeks now and even with the Snoogle body pillow I’m starting to get hip and back pain. So basically I don’t have any suggestions but I definitely sympathize!
Post # 7
Can I just say – don’t worry about taking bed space from your husband! Your comfort comes ahead of his at this time, and he can always move to the couch.
I managed with a couple of pillows (under belly and/or between legs), but if you think you need something bigger, go for it!
Post # 8
Not much helped the hip pain. I did buy a body pillow from Target (not the ginormous pregnancy ones, just a regular one) and slept with that between my legs. It did help some. Towards the end waking up to adjust wasn’t really a problem because the last couple months I was waking up all the time to pee anyway. I also propped 4 pillows behind me and slept at a semi-reclined kind of back/kind of side position. Or I’d keep the body pillow under my belly and in between my knees and then a regular pillow putting pressure on my back.
Post # 9
I sympathize with you! If you look back to last summer I was up on Weddingbee at 2-4 in the morning because I couldn’t sleep. Heartburn, back, hip, shoulder, neck pain, and general discomfort just kept me awake. By the end I was sleeping with 4 pillows. I was lucky to stop working a 6 months PG. I was awake all night and would just pass out in bed as my husband was almost ready to get up and sleep till noon. It worked for the last few months but wow, when I was working was it tough!
Try the reclining chair with a bunch of pillows. The elevation makes it ok to be on your back. Stick a pillow under your belly and between your boobs(the girls need the support) as well as between your legs when lying on your side. We did the Bradley method and one of the benefits is doing relaxation every night with Darling Husband. Nothing like having someone rub your back till your sleeping. GL!
Post # 10
I also have always been a back sleeper, so switching to sleeping on my side just isn’t happening. I will, with all the best intentions, start sleeping on my side while hugging a pillow (having the pillow under my upper body works for me, by the way), but i’ll inevitably end up on my back at some point during the night. I’m 30 weeks now, and baby is still moving, so I figure, she’s probably okay. 🙂
Post # 11
Ugh, I wish I knew! But for the hip/leg/back pain, try a prenatal pilates or yoga dvd. I have one of those “10 minute trainer” dvds (you can combine the workouts for more than 10 minutes) but it’s low impact and helps stretch everything. I had pretty bad pain through my first trimester (and sometimes it comes back) but this definitely helped me.