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Old 08-05-2004, 11:10 AM   #1
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How do you sleep?

I know I am suppose to lie on my left side because it is better for the circulation. I know lying on my back will put pressure on the pelvic vein that pumps blood back to the heart. I just can't lie on my right side at all, it is just uncomfortable.

My problem is that lying on my left side too long causes 1. my right hip to hurt, 2. my left hip to hurt, 3. my back to hurt, or 4. one or both my knees to hurt. I have tried a pillow between my legs, maybe it wasn't fluffy enough. I have trouble sleeping and when I do sleep I am sometimes woken from a pain somewhere. I guess I rolled over on my back last night and woke up a little before 1AM with severe pain in the middle of my back on the right side. I rolled on to my left side and it was like the pain fell into my right side, about level with my belly button. I got up and walked around and sat down until it went away. When I went back to bed, I felt gassy and like I had heartburn. Eventually it went away, but today I am exhausted.

Is there some way I can be more comfortable and not in so much pain.

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Old 08-05-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: How do you sleep?

I bought a body pillow at walmart for like $10.00 I love it, I don't think I would have been able to sleep at all without it. I also know that they make a maternity pillow, basically the same thing but curved and more expensive. hope this helps, good luck!!

Old 08-06-2004, 12:57 AM   #3
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Re: How do you sleep?

Wildsigns is right, the body pillow is the way to go. I asked my doctor about this thing of laying on your left side, he said it really doesn't matter which side you lay on as long as you're not flat on your back. He did say too, that if sleeping on your back is the preferred position, just tilt yourself, prop a body pillow behind you to where you're at a slight angle and this is enough to not put pressure on that major arthery. When I get ready for bed, its comical. I have the body pillow, which I wrap my legs around to where it comes up behind me like the letter J. I have another hugh pillow behind my back which takes a lot of pressure off my back and stops me from rolling over in my sleep. Then I have 3 pillows on top, one flattish one from the waist to the shoulders, another which acts as a prop for my fluffy pillow which I sleep on. Im in for induction at 6am this morning and trust me, the fluffy pillow is coming with me

Old 08-06-2004, 05:58 AM   #4
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Re: How do you sleep?

Thanks, i will have to invest in, more pillows.

Old 08-06-2004, 06:11 AM   #5
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LOL I started to laugh when I saw your post because as of this week I don't really sleep at all. Sometimes I think it's our bodies way of preparing ourselves for the baby. I don't know if it's because I can't get comfortable or just anxiesty waiting for the baby to arrive.

Good luck with the body pillow I hope it helps.
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Old 08-06-2004, 06:35 AM   #6
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Re: How do you sleep?

I have tryed a body pillow and it hasn't been successful for me. I just finally gave up if i sleep i sleep if i don't i don't. Which most of the time i don't. My doctor told me telynol pm i could take would help me sleep. I still can't sleep when i take that. Only six more weeks until i have this baby. I can't wait to see her plus get some relief of no having to carry this extra week. Well good luck.

Old 08-07-2004, 10:40 AM   #7
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Re: How do you sleep?

I know what you are going thru. I wasn't like this with my son, but this time I am! I did get a body pillow and place it under my belly and inbetween my legs. I take a tylonol every night before I went to bed. The hip pain came when I was about 6 months along, ended in about a month, and has returned now that I am almost there (nine months) I guess it is just your bones moving to make room for baby. I was leary taking the meds, but the Dr said the molicules in the tylonol are too big to pass the placenta.

Good luck!

Old 08-09-2004, 08:25 AM   #8
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Re: How do you sleep?

Thanks. I am only five months, so I guess I have a lot too look forward to

I slept with a pillow between my legs and one under my belly. I laid on my back and put one under my left side. I slept pretty well. I don't hurt as much, just in my back, which is going to hurt rather I sleep well or not.

Thanks for all the advice.

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