(Closed) How do I stop rolling onto my back in my sleep? IT HURTS!

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

my friends dr told her to get a super big men’s shirt with a pocket on each side, like a flannel. Put a tennis ball in each pocket and sew it Shut. When you roll onto your back it will bother you and you automatically roll back over!

Post # 4
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

How about putting a body pillow behind you?

Post # 6
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have this problem. My doctor said that your body will wake it self up (like your did) if it is painful. I sleep surrounded by pillows…nothing helps. I wake up at least 4 times a night due to the back issue!

Post # 8
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Lying on you back doesn’t kill you but it can restrict bloodflow to the baby and that’s why it’s not reccomended. You will however always feel it/wake up before it does any harm. If you feel like you can’t breath then you should change positions.

I haven’t yet found a way to stop myself rolling onto my back even though I have extremely bad SPD and round ligament pains when I do. But I would try to prop yourself up so you’re halfway sitting while sleeping. That decreases the pressure on the vena cava.

Post # 10
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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So, I experimented with this last night, but it needs modification. I took an old flannel of DH’s and put an empty thread spool in each pocket to be my annoying things. They were annoying when I rolled, but also all the time. I tried with the shirt on forward, but it wasn’t uncomfortable when I rolled on my back, and then I tried with the shirt backward, which was more than enough uncomfortable and I couldn’t stand it even when I was on my side. (And then DH told me that I’m a crazy person and that if I kept him awake any longer with my flannel shirt experiments that he was going to tie the sleeves like a straight jacket. :P)

Anyway, I took an old T-shirt of mine this morning and sewed just one of the emtpy thread spools to the center of the back, and it seems like it might work. I’ll keep you posted.

Post # 11
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been using a Snoogle (c-shaped pregnancy pillow). It seems to prevent me from going on my back much better than just using regular pillows on either side. It gets in the way more.

Post # 13
9680 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@iarebridezilla:  I’m not pregnant, but I do have back issues. I wake up in intense pain if I sleep on my back too – it feels like my lower back is “stuck.” I sleep with my back to Fiance, so if I try to roll onto my back, I crash into the brick wall that is his body. He is a heavy sleeper, so he doesn’t mind that I do this, lol. It works for me because there is literally no room for me to roll over 😛

ETA: my puppy is on the other side and I would never squish him. We have a series of big and little spoons.

Post # 14
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just use extra pillows to keep me in place lol seems to be working so far. I just started having to sleep on my side and I am definitely not a side sleeper by nature!

I didnt realize my back would hurt when I laid on it though I thought it was just precautionary to lay on your side.  I have to lay on my left it hurts too bad to lay on my right side too. Pregnancy is super weird.

Post # 15
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@canadablue:  I also use the snoogle and find it’s helped me sleep on my side.  Now that I’ve used it for the last 2 months I find it normal to sleep on my side. I think it was just breaking the old sleeping habits that was tough.  Good luck!

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