Post # 1
I’m about 5 weeks along and it’s starting to get uncomfortable to sleep on my stomach. I can do it, but sometimes in the middle of the night it will wake me up from the pressure. I have a hard time sleeping well any other way. I can sleep on my side, but eventually roll completely to my stomach. I find myself waking every couple of hours to re-position myself.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get a better nights sleep? How did you deal with not being able to sleep on your stomach?
Post # 2
mdglass: I used to sleep on my stomach a lot before I was pregnant, but I actually broke the habit so completely during pregnancy that I still don’t sleep that way now! I would advise you to get a body pillow. What I would do was lie on my side and hug the pillow tightly, wrapping my knees around it and resting my chin on the top of it. It sort of simulated the feeling of sleeping on my stomach, and is pretty darn comfortable. I still bust out that body pillow from time to time now 🙂
Post # 3
Pillows will be your best friend. I just wedge a regular pillow between my knees and that helps keep me from rolling on to my belly, and keeps me quite comfortable.
Post # 4
mdglass: I’m glad I’m not the only one already getting uncomfortable laying on my tummy. I think for me right now it’s mostly that I feel really bloated at night. Commenting partly just to follow and see the advice offered 🙂
Post # 5
You can still sleep on your stomach at this point, as long as you are feeilng comfortable. I don’t think there’s a medical reason not to so early. So if you like sleeping on your stomach I’d take advantage of it while you still can.
I think the only thing that will help is a pillow, they make some pregnancy pillows. Some people recommend a pillow between the knees, but that never did much for me.
I regularly sleep on my side but also sometimes my back and I really missed being able to lie on my back at the end. My hips would ache terribly some nights and I’d wake up at 5 am not being able to sleep. I couldn’t get anything to help my hips.
Post # 6
mdglass: there’s no reason you can’t sleep on your stomach now. your uterus is still small and very low. i didn’t have to stop until like 20-22w i think.
Post # 7
I’m 7 months and I was a total stomach sleeper before. I sleep half-way on my stomach now. I wedge a pillow under my stomach and prop my knee up on it and rotate over a good bit. It’s the most comfortable position for me. It is getting a little harder as my stomach gets bigger, but it still works. I wake up on my back multiple times a night though. Whoops.
Post # 8
mdglass: If you’re getting a lot of pressure, I would suggest pillows to help keep you from your stomach.
This isn’t everyone’s favorite pillow, but I really liked the Snoogle. I used it throughout my whole pregnancy. It helps hug my body and keep me on my side.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the great advice! I’ll be investing in a body pillow soon!
I knwo that medically it’s ok for me to sleep on my stomach right now, but it’s just not comfortable. Hopefully the sleep problem won’t be an issue the whole pregnancy.
Post # 10
I’m 34 weeks and still sleep on my stomach (w a pillow) you’re fine to sleep that way at 5 weeks!
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I bought the Snoogle Mini (queen bed, and we have a cat who we sometimes let snuggle, so the full size wouldn’t have worked.) At first it seemed like a waste, but now (25 weeks) I LOVE it- makes a big difference in my comfort level. Since side sleeping is advised, a pillow might help you get used to it.
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
I am finding it harder as well and I am 13 weeks. I love sleeping on my stomach. But now when I do it feels weird and after awhile it gets uncomfortable. I think I must be pressing on the baby so I just roll to my side. With my first child I was able to sleep on my stomach for a long time, like until I was around 5 months (when I started to show). I guess because I am showing much earlier and stomach is bigger that is causing the issues. Like some PPs suggested, try a pillow between your legs when you are on your side.
Post # 14
I’m about as far along as you are and I’m the same. I thought it was just me. Glad to see there are a couple of us!
I’ve always been a stomach sleeper. It’s gotten uncomfortable though, even sometimes on my side without pillows. I agree with everyone here, pillows are my best friend right now (not DH’s though! lol). I’ve been using one for my head and one that I prop between my knees and can hug my torso around… forming an L shape, since I don’t have a body pillow. It sounds weird, but try putting your stomach in different positions on or against the pilllow to see what works for you. It’s helped me-hope it helps you!!