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If you are a back sleeper, what was your experience

  • I bought a maternity pillow and it was a waste of money because it didn't help.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I bought a maternity pillow and it was worth every dime because I was so much more comfortable.

    Votes: 9 27.3%
  • I bought a maternity pillow, and it sometimes helped.

    Votes: 7 21.2%
  • I didn't buy a maternity pillow but I came up with another wonderful solution that I'll post about.

    Votes: 8 24.2%
  • I was never comfortable, no matter what.

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • I voted for "other" and I posted why.

    Votes: 6 18.2%
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As you can infer from the poll, I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy a maternity pillow. I've been a back sleeper for years. Now pregnant at 16 weeks, I'm trying to get used to sleeping on my side <i>before</i> I get big. I'm currently using a regular pillow between my legs, but it's not really making me all that much more comfortable. I noticed that some of the maternity pillows wrap around you and fit behind your back, and wondered if that might help.
 

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I've had back problems for years and the best position for me has been my back, but I do sleep on my sides too. A couple weeks ago (23-24 weeks) I started to realy know that being on my back wasn't what my body wanted. I wouldn't worry too much about trying to get into the habit of sleeping in a different position at this point. Your body will tell you when it isn't OK anymore.<br><br>
I have a couple of different back/chiropractic pillows. One is long and tubular. The diameter of it is no bigger than my hand, but it is long enough that it fits nicely from my knees to my ankles to stop the grinding of the bones against eachother. I like it because it isn't much bigger than my legs so I don't have a huge, bulky pillow between my legs.<br><br>
Then for my head I have two pillows. The top is one of those space foam contor pillows and the bottom is just an extra firm pillow I picked up at Target. This elevates my head slightly. It was hard to get used to at first. I used to just use the space foam pillow, but having my head that low made me sick to my stomach.<br><br>
This pillow arrangement also keeps me slightly elevated so that if I do drift onto my back it really isn't that bad.
 

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I just bought an extra firm king size pillow for at my side and sleep with a regular pillow betwixt my legs. I just couldn't see spending $50+ on something that doesn't seem much more elaborate.
 

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I chose 'I didn't buy a maternity pillow but I came up with another wonderful solution that I'll post about.' I didn't buy one of those super-expensive maternity pillows because I was afraid it would end up a waste of money. I bought a body pillow which I just put between my legs and under my belly when I lay on my side. I was having hip pain and it took it away almost completely.
 

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I never bought a "maternity pillow" because 1. I'm cheap and 2. they all seem to be planned under the idea that you'd get into one position and not move the rest of the night. I'm a very mobile sleeper, and even more so now that I'm pg. I can't get comfortable anyway, I don't think a maternity pillow would help.<br><br>
Instead I use many different pillows and keep them within reach. Then, each time I turn over or roll to a new spot I can grab a pillow and put it somewhere where it will support some part of me. Basically this means my pillows and I take up one half of the bed while DH and DD share the other half of the bed.
 

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I was given a body pillow a few weeks ago by my mother, it hasn't helped my back pain... all it's done is made me hot... so I stopped sleeping with it. I have found the most comfortable way to sleep for me is on my back, however I feel really horrible in the morning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I have no good solution to this yet.
 

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My friend lent me her maternity pillow - a Snoogle. I probably would not have bought one but I might after this. I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> it. It's so nice to have the support behind my back so I don't feel like I am constantly rolling back on my hips. I leave the pillow in one place and have the option of sleeping with the long part against my back or hugging the long part with my torso. Both are really comfortable for me and either way I can have the bottom part of the "c" of the pillow between my legs. I can recommend them enough.
 

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I bought a $10 body pillow at Target last week and have slept awesome ever since. I roll back and forth and never let go of it.<br><br>
I'm too cheap for a fancy pillow.
 

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I'm a tummy sleeper and wound up getting a body pillow from Bed Bath & Beyond for $20. Unfortunately it takes up so much space in our queen bed I don't have the heart to use it when DH is home! (He's gone 3-4 nights a wk so I use it then).<br><br>
So far I haven't noticed a huge difference as I still flop around all night long - including waking up on my tummy! OB said baby will let me know when I can't sleep on my tummy anymore and not to stress about waking up in that position.<br><br>
GL!
 

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Maybe this pillow would be worth the investment. It is a body/nursing/infant pilllow.<br><br><a href="http://www.bumpil.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bumpil.com/</a>
 

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I chose "other" because I have a bunch of pillows, some new--just regular bed pillows--but I don't worry about sleeping on my back. My MW said that it would be uncomfortable if it was causing a problem and that if I was comfy it was fine. So I just put the body pillow under one side of me (just along the hip) and snuggle in however I feel like. It keeps me from being totally flat on my back anyway.
 

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I scouted around for a maternity pillow earlier in pregnancy, but there's no way I could bring myself to throw down roughly $50 for a dang pillow, no matter what cool shape it's in. But I couldn't find a regular old run-of-the-mill body pillow anywhere either. I bought a few bags of polyfill stuffing and made my own pillow out of some fabric I had on hand. I also have a firm-ish pillow that I like to lay on top of my regular pillow while I'm reading, and it is nice to lay under one side of my butt when I want to lay on my back, because otherwise my arms and legs go numb fast. I usually don't stay in one position for long anyway, but it's nice to be able to lay on my back with the pillow under me.
 

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I sleep in all different positions. My favorites are my tummy and my back. At nearly 36 weeks, I still sleep on my stomach about half the time. I use 3-4 pillows. I have a water pillow for my head, a contoured pillow for my legs, and then I use 1-2 body pillows. If I'm having a particularly difficult night, the second one will go on one side. Otherwise, in the interest of giving dh some of the bed, I just use the one body pillow and move it to the side I need it on. Lately, I've actually been sleeping with my body pillow under my back and then I bring a teddy bear to bed. That ends up propping up belly while I lay in an odd side/back position. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I bought the Boppy one for $50 some-odd bucks. It works but I'm not thrilled. I chose "works sometimes" b/c it's a pain to roll over with it. It's nowhere near filled enough, so I have to fold the bottom over and put it between my legs.<br><br>
That being said, I'm sleeping MUCH better. I sometimes wake up on my back, but I'm still clutching the darn thing. I think it's funny.<br><br>
Truth is, I'm not comfortable on my back anymore. Feels like I have a bowling ball (albeit a small one) resting on my tummy. Or a rock in my stomach. Not comfy for long term resting. Sometimes I lay on my back for a few minutes just to have a different position, but it's nowhere near as comfy as it used to be even a few weeks ago (I'm 23 weeks now). I always end up falling asleep on my side with the pillow, even if I do move around during the night.<br><br>
GL! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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The only thing I bought was a small wedge. BRU had it. I could put it under my belly, behind my hip, or under the knee I rolled forward. It's very small and currently propping up my head.<br><br>
I couldn't do the snoogle--I have to have fluffy things like that covered with a dust mite encasing and they don't make 'em that size/shape.
 

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I bought a pillow that is kind of like a faux chair type pillow with the arms attached to it and a stiff back (does that make sense?) I use 3 more regular pillows for under my back, head and knees so basically I am semi-reclined but can sleep on my back. (Yes, I sleep with 4 pilllows!) This was an absolute lifesaver during my last pregnancy and afterward when I had back problems from all night nurse-a-thons. Now that I am pregnant again I am so glad I have it all worked out. My husband complains he can't get close to me but I don't wake up in excrutiaing pain anymore so he nevers complains very much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I hope you find something that works for you!
 

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I got a long body pillow at target for like $10. It does the trick, you can position it however you want. I am a hardcore back sleeper too. I miss back sleeping!<br><br>
Oh by the way. DH calls the pillow "my boyfriend" because I am snuggled up with it every night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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When I was pg with DD I used a cheapo body pillow and loved it! I'm just now starting to get really uncomfortable at night with this pregnancy - I will buy another cheap body pillow.
 

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Oh by the way. DH calls the pillow "my boyfriend" because I am snuggled up with it every night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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My dh calls my Snoogle my boyfriend too!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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With my last pregnancy I bought a super long pillow for like $10 and used it as a wedge to keep my off my back. This pregnancy I have a little one in bed with me and I was wondering how on earth I was going to fit the pillow and roll around with it without disturbing him, but alas at about 20 weeks it got uncomfortable to sleep on my back and I now sleep on my side or I shift my weight a bit to the side so I am not completely on my back. I realize that technically I am on my back, but I just shift my hips over so that my weight is mostly on one side or the other and it seems to work.
 
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