Anyway, how do you sleep? When are we supposed to start sleeping on our left side?
I haven't gotten my body pillow out yet but will be getting that out of storage soon.
I tend to sleep on my left anyways, or my back. i sleep on the left enough that when i wake up after a couple of hours, my uterus is all hard and feels like a canteloupe laying on the left side of my body. then if i roll to my back the baby seems to get mad and must feel like she's in a listing ship, cause then she kicks me and stomps on the bladder LOL.
Sarah, mother to Eloïse (5/2005), Lucas (3/2008) and Ilias (7/2011), and due with #4 (March 1, 2014)
Okay, my meaures are gonna sound ABSURD. Normally, I'm not much of a pillow person, since they yarnk your spine so far out of alignment, if you are lieing on your back. My DH doesn't use one at all- but then, he sleeps like a corpse-flat on his back-arms folded across his chest-hilarious! I typically like to sleep either on my stomach (sans pillow) or on my side with a pillow to keep my neck aligned. but NOW? it's insane.
I broke down this weekend and instituted pregancy pillowing. I'm not sleeping well and couldn't get comfortable. I place a body pillow behind me, and thread the end between my knees. This provides some support, as I lie on my side, slightly tilted backwards against the pillow. THEN I put a travel sized pillow (the flatter the better) under my stomach. There's so much pillow in that damn bed that I can hardly even reach my DH! UGH! but it works. I've found that while I my side, my belly really screws up my center of balance. I either find myself suffocating as I tilt backward on it, or squished as I lean forward on it. don't get me wrong, it's only JUST barely starting to be a problem-but I get really sore shoulder muscles later without it.
Crimeny-this turned into a treatise on sleep positions!
Melissa military wife to C : Mom to Ben (4.26.06) ,Will (4.07.08), Sam (10.11.10), and expecting a GIRL in March 2013!
For the most part, even with a belly, I'm sleeping halfway in between on my belly and my side. It doesn't hurt in the least and I know I won't be able to do it much longer.
I thought we are only supposed to sleep on our left side really late when baby is squishing veins and crap.
I'm a side sleeper, I sleep (alone, DH sleeps on the floor for now) on my side with a body pillow on each side, the fan right on me, pillows everywhere. I toss and turn all night, very rarely I end up on my back...
So I've started alternating from side to side, with my bottom leg straight and my top leg bent -- it helps avoid the horribly sore hips that come from sleeping on your sides with both legs bent all night. As my belly grows, I'll add a pillow in front of me to rest my belly and top knee on.
I have one of these and it rocks! I got it when prego with ds. I can lay with it between my knees and hug up to it with my arm around it kinda laying on top o fit, and my belly kinda hanging under me... can you picture that? I can't sleep with out this thing anymore.
I CAN'T BELIEVE THE DIFFERENCE! It just cradles my awkward body. I haven't slept this good in a LONG time.
Anyway, I'm surrounded by pillows when I attempt to sleep. One behind me giving me support, one in front of me to drape my arm over, one between my legs to keep my pelvis aligned, and one little squishy one under my belly. that leaves dh and I about 6 inches of mattress to share. I prefer sleeping on my left but will switch to my right if I feel it is stressing my shoulder. I remember only being comfortable on my belly and sorta propped on my side with ds#2. Even when I was big pg. I couldn't sleep any other way. talk about bad for my pelvis alignment!!! IMO sleep is more important than alignment because you can always get adjusted but you can't go back and make up for lost sleep (don't I know it!!!).
When I nap through the night, I'm usually on a side, hugging a pillow. I used to sleep on my belly, but that's been uncomfortable for a couple of weeks now.
i know they'll be no sleeping after the new baby gets here. i sure wish i could get some shut eye these last few months...
I can feel the bump when I'm lying on my belly, but it's REALLY hard for me to get comfy in any other position.
When I just can't get comfortable, I move over to the twin (we have a twin and a queen next to each other, from when DS was co-sleeping... we got him another twin for his room so he could migrate slowly, since we knew we'd be doing the co-sleeping thing again), where I have:
* A bed wedge (one of these)
* My pillow (very flat down-filled conventional bed pillow) on top of it
* A body pillow along the wall next to me
* A Snoogle curled up under my legs.
On there, I sleep on my back or on my side, whichever lets me fall asleep. It's weird; I don't feel all *that* much more comfortable, but I sleep sooo much more soundly this way. I sometimes wake up with a stiff neck, though, so I try to only do it when I *need* it.
(There, AlpackaWacka, don't you feel better about your pillow arrangements now? ;-)
We're supposed to be training ourselves to sleep mostly on our left sides, because sleeping on the right makes the uterus put a lot of pressure on the liver, which becomes a bigger deal later when the bebe's bigger.
Need me to loan you a couple books? LOL:
I sleep on my front right hip bone and the right side of my stomach, with my right leg straight and my left leg bent up by my belly to keep me from laying on my belly. Did that make ANY sense? LOL
I'll say, though, that I'm doing much better this time around. At this point last pregnancy, I was surrounded/propped by pillows at every angle. It'll happen eventually....just not as early, I guess.
---Jessica---Livin' my life from A (1/05 ) to Z (4/08 ).....and z (3/11)
|I sleep on my front right hip bone and the right side of my stomach, with my right leg straight and my left leg bent up by my belly to keep me from laying on my belly. Did that make ANY sense? LOL|
Otherwise, I'm up to pee at least 3 times a night, or I lay there feeling like I've had a few shots of espresso before bed. Rrrggh.