I can't seem to stay asleep for longer than 5 hours because of my hips and back hurting at night. I've tried pillows between my legs, 'but the only comfortable position in on my back or belly, which are obviously not great options. I don;t drink caffeine, and I do drink calming herbal teas before bed. Any suggestions?? I need more sleep at night! I can only sleep during the day when my 2 year old takes a nap.
Getting comfortable for a good night's sleep
Oh, so sorry to hear this! Have you tried one of those complete contoured body pillows, like this :http://www.amazon.com/Leachco-Belly-Contoured-Pillow-Ivory/dp/B0002E7DIQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1347369196&sr=8-3&keywords=pregnancy+pillow
I have something similar and it's the only reason I get any sleep. I thought it was crazy overkill at first, and it does take up a lot of room, but being able to flip side to side without intensive re-arranging of pillows and such is awesome. Other than that, maybe try sleeping more upright in a comfortable recliner for a while?
I've had good luck sleeping more upright on the couch with lots of pillows to support behind me and to hug. I've also had pretty good luck building pillows up all around my belly so I can sleep on my face without squashing the belly. The only other thing I can think of is maybe a softer sleep surface? Can you get a mattress topper or something? I have a sleep number bed, and I have to let out some air at the end of pregnancy for it to be comfortable.
I completely agree with SunnyPerch. I have the same pillow and it has been a lifesaver- although I miss snuggling with DH. He reaches over the pillow- but I'm always too hot for him to touch me for too long :/ BUT, it has helped my hips a lot, but it has not cured the problem. I also use the pillow upside down with the connected portion at my feet. When you use it this way, the leg portion of the pillow extends from your knees to your ankles (although if you're short you might not need to flip it). Anyway, when you elevate your top leg from knee to ankle and keep your legs parallel, it helps the top hip.
I have also had success putting a comforter under the sheet for extra padding-- obviously you can only place it on your side if your SO doesn't care for a bed that soft.
Also- stretching my hip flexors before bed makes a HUGE difference. I use the pigeon position from prenatal yoga and it makes a HUGE difference. I just googled "yoga pigeon pose" and "stretching hip flexors" and tons of utube videos popped up to show you how to do them!! Do them on your bed if the floor is too uncomfortable.
Good luck!! :)
I wish I had one of those pillows! THey look awesome. I get much better rest if I take a walk in the evening and then oil up with lavender, roman chamomile, ect. for relaxing and then lather my hips with other oils for pain management. I have failed miserably in the magnesium dept...I have to get up for the potty too much with out adding a mag dose as well...but I'm sure it would help!