tips for a back sleeper

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
9172 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

you just cant lay flat. can you prop yourself up with 2 or 3 pillows and sleep on your back that way?

i would also lay on my back with a pillow under my shoulder to hip so i wasn’t quite on my back.  that worked for me when i needed to change positions so often.


my prenatal yoga teacher also said it is ok to be on your back for a little bit, you will most likely wake up before any harm to the baby.  so that’s probably why you are waking up when on your back.  nothing to worry about.

Post # 3
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

What kind of snoogle did you get?  I got the naomi home body pillow that wraps all the way around.  Best purchase I made while pregnant.  

Post # 4
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I had this problem too and talked it over with my doctor. She said as long as you are propped up at somewhat of an angle (can be a mild one) or if you can stick a little wedge pillow on your side so you are still on your back, but ever so tilted. I basically switch between these two positions and haven’t had any problems. 

Post # 5
749 posts
Busy bee

I have this same problem. Only 15 weeks so not a huge bother at the moment but omg it’s painful trying to sleep on my side.

Post # 7
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m 20 weeks and was a stomach sleeper prior to pregnancy. I bought a snoogle really early on, around 8 weeks I think, to try and train myself to stay on my sides. I was having the same problem – waking up with hip pain or discomfort sleeping. I ended up getting a wedge pillow for the other side that snoogle isn’t on, and wedge it just below my hip. It seems to help me from rolling over on my back and gives enough support so that I don’t wake up with such pain. Just a few times a night to use the restroom and readjust.

Post # 8
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I got this giant maternity pillow from Babies R Us- it is their brand and looks like a number 9. it is really long and skinny and about a billion ways to the pillow.  It took me the better part of a week to find the best way to use it but it really helps.  I have to put it under my hip so it doesn’t hurt when I sleep on my side, then wrap it around my bottom leg so it is in between my legs- the top portion I usually bring up over me to give me back support because I prefer my regular pillow for my head.  Not only does it prevent pain, but it actually keeps me in place more (the pillow is all around me and acts as a small barrier to flip over).  

Post # 9
5259 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m also a back sleeper and 30 weeks pregnant. My friend gave me her snoogle pillow but it is far to big and I dont find it comfortable at all. I have placed a pillow between my husband and I which is at my back and then have another pillow I sleep sort of hugging in the front and I have now just added a skinnier pillow that I place between my legs to avoid hip pain. It has worked so far. I feel like I’m in a pillow mountain lol and the anoying part is getting up to pee at night an having to re-adjust myself but I have been able to sleep pretty well the past few weeks so its working for now

Post # 10
580 posts
Busy bee

Not pregnant but just wondering, how come you can’t sleep on your back? I had no idea!

Post # 11
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

When I was pregnant, I had the same problem with hip pain when I tried to lay on my sides, even with a good mattress and pregnancy pillow. We got an egg crate mattress pad and it was a lifesaver. I was able to lay on my side comfortably, and we loved it so much that we never got rid of it! I also sometimes slept with a pillow between my knees in addition to everything else. Good luck and congrats!

Post # 12
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

djbeats :  I’m pregnant too and fortunately not a back sleeper really. The reason I heard isn’t so much to do with harming the baby, but when the baby gets bigger, if you’re on your back, its weight presses on your aorta, meaning your blood circulation is blocked to your legs. 

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