Post # 1
I’m ~29 weeks and so tired!!!!! I can’t sleep for crap! I used to be a stomach sleeper and of course that totally doesn’t work! Now the only position that I find comfortable is on my back, and I know that’s not recommended. I’ve read it’s not a big deal if you wake up and find yourself on your back, but I am sooo tempted to fall asleep that way, ugh! I did sleep mostly on my back a lot during my 2nd tri, but now I feel too guilty and am trying really hard to sleep on my side. I hate it though, despite trying a wedge, pillows, ect. It just feels wrong! I’m also waking up 3-4x to pee and then around 4am, usually because I’m hungry.
Any ideas on how to get a better night’s sleep??? I know I should stop drinking water 3 hours before bed, but I haven’t been good about that… I’m going to start trying that today.
Post # 3
@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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
@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
Post # 16
My friend gave me a body pillow yesterday and I tried it, but I couldn’t get the hang of it. I think part of the problem is that my room is warm and I didn’t really want to snuggle up to the pillow. @Boots McGee: – when you use the body pillow, are you facing up or facing down? Is it under your belly or your rear?
@fancyfunction: I tried sleeping on my back with the wedge under one side and that sort of worked… I will keep messing with it to see if I can find the right position. I hope you’re able to get some sleep as well!
I decided to try taking Benadryl, since I couldn’t fall asleep and my allergies were bothering me. However, I ended up with restless legs! Ugh, it was the worst! I FINALLY felt asleep after a few hours and slept pretty well the rest of the night… so maybe a little better. I think I only got up to pee once or twice, so it seems to have helped to cut back on liquids in the evening…
@Erika_Meep: I may try taking a bath before bed tonight, that’s a good suggestion. Thanks!
@babeandbabe: I have a wedge but baby seems to hate it when it’s under my belly. The minute I slide that thing under my belly, she starts kicking it with a vengence!
@Jenn23: I’m sorry you’re having the same trouble! At least you are almost to the finish line! You must be SO ready to deliver!
@diva81esq: I slept on my belly until I was 14 weeks or so, if I’m remembering right. After that I slept on my back without too much trouble, but I read that the further you get into the 2nd tri, the worse it is for baby, so I started trying to sleep on my sides…