(Closed) Sleep, why are you so elusive?!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: How did you sleep during your 2nd and 3rd trimesters?
    Primarily on left side : (3 votes)
    14 %
    Primarily on right side : (1 votes)
    5 %
    On both sides equally : (9 votes)
    43 %
    Primarily on back : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Primarily on stomach : (0 votes)
    Back and both sides equally : (5 votes)
    24 %
    In a chair, on the couch, however I could! : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @78h2o:  I’m in the exact same boat as you, except 9 weeks behind you…so I’m anxious to hear any suggestions as well!!

    Post # 4
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    1778 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    It is totally okay to sleep partially on your back as long as you are turned a bit towards one side or the other.  As you get bigger though, it might be very uncomfortable to sleep on your back.  You might also try taking a tylenol pm once or twice a week just so you get a good night’s sleep.  If you are not sleeping well at all, it’s putting stress on both of you, so catching up a bit on sleep will definitely help you.  (my doctor is the one who recommended it to me, and just say no more than 3 times a week)  Best of luck!

    Post # 5
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    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m only at 21 weeks now but throughout the pregnancy, I’ve been sleeping on both of my sides fairly equally. I’m lucky though since that’s how I always slept before! I’d recommend maybe trying to eat something with (healthy) carbs before bed. Like, maybe a small bowl of oatmeal or something? That might help so you don’t wake up hungry at night. I’ve also heard that drinking or eating something with dairy in it can help you to sleep a bit but I’m unsure if that’s true or not. Other than that, maybe you could try taking a warm bath or shower before bed to help relax you a bit. Good luck! 🙂

    Post # 6
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    552 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    All these nights of disrupted sleep are preparing you for the sleepless nights with your LO you will have coming! lol

    I had a triangle shaped pillow that I wedged under my stomach to help lift my belly so I could sleep on my side.  It helped A LOT!

    Post # 7
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    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I started sleeping propped up on the couch/chaise lounge in my 3rd tri; I was restless all night and usually only slept a couple hours at a time, so that way I could read a book/watch TV and then doze back to sleep.  Any sleep was good sleep.

    Post # 8
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    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    one word: SNOOGLE. Seriously my pregnancy pillow has saved my life and really helps when it comes to comfort. I was always a side sleeper but have found myself ending up on my back a lot lately and the pillow really helps make sure i’m not completely on my back.

    the tylenol pm suggestions isn’t a bad one either!

    Post # 9
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    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m having a hard time sleeping on my sides as I’m a stomach sleeper too. But my dr. did also say I could sleep on my back with one side popped up a bit – so imagine tilted a bit to the left with the right leg bent and raised slightly. This is more comfortable to me that being completely on my left side. And of course my right side is most comfy. Hope you get a better night’s sleep soon!

    Post # 10
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    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Oh my gosh, I hear you! I keep waking up on my back because my hips hurt way too much anymore sleeping on either my left or right side. And I finally just put my snoogle away a few nights ago because I can’t stand it anymore. (I’m 37w now) Nothing is comfortable anymore and I haven’t slept in weeks. I do take a benadryl before bed to help me fall asleep, but I toss and turn all night and I’m now up 5x a night to pee! (Used to be 3x) I’ve totally given up on sleep. 🙁

    Post # 11
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    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I sleep maybe 3-4 hours at a time, mailiy rotating from side to side.  I wake up with my hips hurting, too!  I usually move to the couch around 4am and sleep propped up after my early am snack!

    Post # 12
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    1278 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I usually go to sleep on either of my sides and if I wake in the morning I usually do a bit of sleeping on my back before I wake up properly.

    Unfortunately I’ve found that sleeping on my sides is giving me terrible carpal tunnel and hand / wrist / forearm pain so I have to keep switching sides throughout the night!

    Post # 13
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I second the pregnancy pillow suggestion!  If you don’t like a really, really long pillow, I found that just a king-sized pillow worked wonders for between the knees and some belly support.  I also used smaller, squishy (down) pillows under my back and belly.  As the other bees suggested, the trick is to prop yourself up so that you’re lying on your side on this fabulous pile of pillows, but so you FEEL like you’re lying on your back.  You sort of end up at about a 45-degree angle or something.  It takes a little getting used to, but it’s so worth it, and I even slept like that for a while after giving birth (much to the chagrin of my husband, who just had to suck it up).

    Carpal tunnel mamas: I even propped up my wrists.  Yes, I am a sleep prima donna, but it worked for me.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Im 9w3d and sleep is already evading me!!  I was a stomach sleeper and occassionally wak up on my belly/side, but fall asleep on my left side.  I toss and turn all night and wake up at least 2x’s a night to go to the bathroom, but what is really bothering me is getting my neck position on my side juuuuuuuuuuust right,  my breast are still so sore and tender that even with a sports bra on I can’t get comfortable, and my arms are now falling asleep when I lay on my arms (pregnancy carpel tunnel? I’ve looked it up online and this seems to be right in line)

    I looked up the snoogle and the boppy pillow…I will be buying one SOON!!

    Post # 15
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @diva81esq:  you should be ok to sleep on your belly through first triimester and some of the second – My doctor said it was fine until it got to be uncomfortable for me. Baby is well cushioned in there 🙂

    I remember having horrible insomina in my first trimester and now I sleep ok except to get up to pee ALL.THE.TIME! lol

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