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Old 07-21-2009, 12:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Just wondering where everybody else is regarding this.

I remember for my daughter I could sleep on my belly well until the third trimester. It wasn't an issue.

Today I'm 14 weeks, I am still in regular clothes (minus one day I wore my bella band since I wanted to wear my hot, skinny jeans), but I'm not an uber thin girl - just average size 10.

Anyway, I wake up and roll around *a lot* while sleeping and the last three nights I've woken up on my stomach and in pain. It clearly doesn't feel good to be in that position, but there's not much there to stop me, yk?

Doesn't this seem early? Anybody else at this point yet? I'm trying to sleep sort of on my stomach with one leg all the way straight, one leg up in the fetal position and then my stomach is sort of at an angle to fit in that extra space. It's working for now.

Ugh. I seriously can't go through another 26 weeks of limited sleep. *yawn*

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I am a stomach sleeper and did a body pillow last time... I think I got it around this time last year at target or something, I think it is in with the stuff for sending kids to college. Not that it replaced my most comfortable position, but it seemed to do well enough.

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I'm trying to sleep sort of on my stomach with one leg all the way straight, one leg up in the fetal position and then my stomach is sort of at an angle to fit in that extra space. It's working for now.
I started sleeping like that when I was pregnant with ds#1 and I still sleep like that now...

I also use a pillow to prop up my leg a bit and when I have a lot more belly I use the wedge pillow under the belly...

 
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I guess I don't understand how I don't really have a full belly yet and it hurts already.

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I always freak out when I wake up on my stomach or my back...pregnant or not. I am a side sleeper for life.

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It's not unusual for the uterus to be bigger earlier in subsequent pregnancies. I know mine is expanding sooner this time, even after a 7 year break. Last night was my first night of needing the body pillow, and I woke up on my back this morning - I always sleep face down. Weird enough, this was my first morning with no neck or back ache in a few weeks.
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It's not uncomfortable yet for me, but last time those full body pillows for pregnant women that curves around your whole body giving support for your belly and back...ummm I guess it would help if I knew the name, but can't remember, let me try to look it up real quick. Ok it's called the Snoogle. Anyhow it was awesome. The actual Snoogle is kind of pricey, but there are plenty of generic versions out there. Mine is some type of generic one from Baby Depot (inside Burlington Coat Factory). It cost me about $15. Totally worth it.
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I am never a tummy sleeper, but I am a back sleeper. I miss sleeping on my back. Sometimes I wake up in that position and my legs are numb. It sucks.

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Ever since I was pg with my first, I have been a side sleeper. I guess I just got used to it with him and never stopped. I really can't sleep on my stomach anyway as I have to use a mask and CPAP machine at night to deal with sleep apnea.

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Wow, I really love sleeping on my belly, but obviously at some point it becomes too uncomfortable. I sleep with one leg bent propping my belly up sufficiently for now, but very soon I will have to resort to side sleeping...which I hate! But I hate sleeping on my back even more. I am a dedicated tummy sleeper and I don't really know when it is deemed unsafe? Maybe just when you feel uncomfortable?
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i am also a stomach sleeper. but there are already a few things keeping me from it: nipple pain and pressure on the bladder. i'm sure it's my uterus pressing on my bladder, but it makes me feel like i have to pee even though i JUST WENT. so, side sleeping with a body pillow for now...and probably for the next year!

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With my first pregnancy it got uncomfortable to sleep on my stomach very early. I know I had to stop by week 15 or 16. This time around, so far, I'm still comfortable on my tummy (for now!).

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I loooovvveee sleeping on my tummy, but I can't anymore. It used to be the only way I could fall asleep. However due to the feeling of my belly being too squished, I have adapted to side sleeping.

I read somewhere that in pregnancy you shouldn't lie on your back for too long. They didn't say why - does anyone here know why? Is it true?
I've heard this before and supposedly (particularly later in pregnancy) the weight of the utuerus can decrease the blood flow to the uterus. I asked my midwife about this and she said this was true, but I could still sleep in whatever position was comfortable for me. She said I would become very uncomfortable lying on my back wayyyyy before the baby was at risk for any harm because I would feel as if I were having a decrease in blood flow (i.e. light headed, dizzy, shortness of breath) So, I don't think it's a cause for stress if you happen to turnover on your back while sleep.
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It's not uncomfortable yet for me, but last time those full body pillows for pregnant women that curves around your whole body giving support for your belly and back...ummm I guess it would help if I knew the name, but can't remember, let me try to look it up real quick. Ok it's called the Snoogle. Anyhow it was awesome. The actual Snoogle is kind of pricey, but there are plenty of generic versions out there. Mine is some type of generic one from Baby Depot (inside Burlington Coat Factory). It cost me about $15. Totally worth it.
I'll look into the Snoogle knock-off. I have a body pillow, but it's not cutting it for now.

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I'm very much a belly sleeper and now being pregnant with my first, I'm not looking forward to having to adapt. I tend to sleep as others have mentioned, with one leg straight and the other in bent sort of like in a fetal position. I also throw my pillow on the floor and just use the flat bed.

I'll definitely be researching body pillows as my belly sleeping is going to be hard to give up.

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I sleepo exactly as you described: one leg straight, one fetal, belly shoved to the side a bit. This is my 3rd and my belly is BIG (has been for a few weeks), so it already makes a statement if I squish it even slightly !

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I'm a stomach sleeper, too. With DS, I had to change to a different position a little after 20 weeks because it was too uncomfortable.

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At 17 weeks I am already uncomfortable on my back (boohoo) but I got really used to doing the belly/side things (one leg straight, one bent and with a little bit of folded blanket or pillow under the knee) It seems to be very comfortable for me and the bunboy. Im guessing as he grows I'll have to switch to sleeping more and more on my side.

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