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Yesterday I went to get a prenatal massage (yes, it was wonderful!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) and<br>
when I flipped on to my back she gave me a small towel to put under my right hip and said that would be enough to shift my weight off the inferior vena cava vein. We are not talking a big towel here--it was like a hand towel, folded in quarters...maybe an inch thick.<br><br>
Just wanted to pass along this suggestion because I was pretty excited that she said that was also enough height for sleeping if you want to sleep on your back. YAY!! Why didn't I think of that before?!?!
 

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hehe that's what I've been doing so far. It seems to be enough to take away any discomfort I have flat on my back so I figure thats good enough. I use a super flat little pillow from my couch and it works.<br><br>
The only reason I'm worried about sleeping on my back (in the absence of discomfort) is a posterior baby & back labor. I've been trying to be good and practice good habits, but I've set myself a deadline of 24 weeks - I'm GOING to shape up by then!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only reason I'm worried about sleeping on my back (in the absence of discomfort) is a posterior baby & back labor. I've been trying to be good and practice good habits, but I've set myself a deadline of 24 weeks - I'm GOING to shape up by then!</div>
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Yes, I think that's true. From a CIRCULATORY perspective the small towel/pillow seems ok. However from baby positioning standpoint that is a different story it seems.<br><br>
My midwife has already been on my case about posture and according to spinningbabies.com the side/almost stomach position is best for sleep.<br><br>
Definitely on my mind, but I don't have any firm deadline when I will start being more militant about it. Any particular reason you picked 24 wks?
 

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Good tip.<br><br>
The thing is for me, I used to NEVER sleep on my back, and now it seems I wake up there almost every day! I don't know if it's because it's the position my hips don't hurt in and my body gravitates towards that or what...
 

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Lol! Because in the beginning, I thought 20 weeks sounded like a good time to start taking posture very seriously.. and now that I'm 19 weeks.. I think I could use more time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Honestly it probably doesn't matter until "the end" as long as your uterus expands and grows evenly, but I'd like to give it every opportunity to do so.
 
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