So i've gathered from my research that it's super common to have hip pain when side sleeping and there are lots of suggestions on how to manage it but i'm feeling pretty desperate - is anyone else having this issue? What's working for you? A body pillow between my legs/ankles doesn't do it, I already have a memory-foam mattress topper and I made an appt to see my chiropractor. At the moment, i can't sleep more than an hour at a time and that's going to drive me over edge real fast! I'm next going to try sleeping on top of my pregnancy pillows so i have a mound of cushion under and around me and hopefully that will help. I'm also tempted to create a "belly cave" so that i can sleep on my stomach but i get super paranoid about hurting the baby whenever i think i'm pushing in on my belly too much - i know that's not how it works but it's hard to relax that way.
Hip pain with sleeping on side
I haven't had chronic hip pain yet in any pregnancies, but do get pelvic pain. I've had a little hip pain but it seemed to go away with my sleep set up. I have found a rolled up bath towel to be the ideal firmness and support to put between my legs when I sleep. A pillow still allows for twinges in my pelvis with the SPD groin pain that I get.
As I get bigger, I also start using a small pillow tucked under my belly, between belly and the mattress. I feel like it aligns/lifts my belly just enough and keeps it from pulling downward, which can strain the hip that's in the air when on your side.
Give those a try! I stick the rolled up towel in a pillowcase then roll it up and pin it, and it doesn't fall apart at all.
Apparently it makes a big difference whether the pillow lifts up your ankle as well as the knee.
I can sleep sort of okay on my right side, but I just cannot find a position that's good with the hip pain and enables me to sleep for more than a couple of hours on my left side
I had been making do with our regular pillows, but I don't think they cut it any more - they're just not firm enough. I'm debating whether to first try a yoga bolster, or directly one of those pregnancy pillows. The doubt I have about pregnancy pillows is whether they'll be firm enough; I've seen one or two of them packages for sale, and it seems to me that something that squeezes so much is going to be too soft for my taste (I like my pillows and mattresses firm).
I have to say, I have not been able to do away with this problem. But I have been able to alleviate it some, to the point where I can sleep for stretches of several hours before it becomes bothersome enough to have to switch positions. The things that have worked for me:
A Snoogle total body pillow (it is pretty firm, chispita, but honestly I would like it to be plumper and firmer)
Positioning the pillow in such a way that my entire upper leg is raised, from hip to knee to ankle, as chispita mentioned (this made a big difference)
Also positioning it so I am kinda tilted backwards a little, always laying on my side, but not so much fetal position as angled so I'm a little more face up than face down.
These techniques helped me from going from waking up every half hour or so to switch sides from the pain to now only waking up 3-4 times a night to switch sides.
I have been dealing with pain in hips for a good two months now. Didn't happen this early with my son. I can't sleep comfortably in any position for long periods so I start on my left, change to my right side and then I prop the pillows up and end up "sitting up". I also have a memory foam mattress and is not making a huge difference. Pillow between my legs is actually worse and it makes me hot. I have started seeing the chiropractor and that has helped some. However, some days are worse than others.
When I sleep on my side, I've found that it seems more comfortable when I have a pillow supporting my belly, one supporting my back, one under my head, one for the arm I am bringing over and one for my bottom. It's a pain to set up, specially when I keep tossing and turning but it gives me some good stretches of sleep.
Do you resort to take anything for the pain?
I had a little SPD pain with my first but nothing like this pain.
I do sometimes end up lying on it with my head at the top, belly in the gap between the legs of the thing, and the left leg of it propping up my left side. So far that's OK too, though nothing is super comfortable these days.
Good luck figuring out a solution.
Just a tidbit for those with symphisis discomfort: I had a craniosacral/massage appointment today. I feel awesome now, and my therapist told me a trick to help release the SPD discomfort a bit. At the top of the pubic bone, on either side, there is a tender point you can push on with a fingertip for a minute or two, then move to the other side and do the same. I'm going to try it the next time I get the discomfort. I don't think I'm suffering as much as it sounds like some are (so sorry you're feeling crummy!), but the achy-ness is definitely a hinderance when moving around, especially first thing in the morning, or after sitting a while.
The other thing I've found to beneficial in pregnancy is chiropractic care. My hips feel just fine, and really, overall, as long as I'm getting regular bodywork, I can maintain a general level of comfort by doing walking, pelvic tilts and some of the Spinning Babies moves on a regular basis. Hope everyone can find what works best to help with comfort these last few months!
ETA: I also sleep better by not putting a pillow between my legs, but by putting it over to one side (rather high) and putting my top leg, bent, on it. Bottom leg is straight-ish and I can almost get onto my belly that way. Feels sooooo good. Oddly enough, we camped with an air bed last weekend and that was the most comfy sleep I've had...must've had just the right amount of squish to hammock everything. ;)