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I can't believe I did this... I'm 7w5d pregnant. My hips have been killing me at night even with a body pillow. I was desperate this morning in trying to get some sleep so in my half conscious state I put a pillow under my hips and laid on my stomach with another pillow under my head. I felt so much better and fell asleep for an hour or so. I woke up from a bad nightmare and I felt like I was in an oven and felt my heartbeat in my pelvis and thought "I'm squishing my baby!!" and rolled on my side immediately. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I know laying on your back can cause loss of blood to your heart or legs so I think the baby will be ok. Also the fact that the baby is still so tiny and I'm not showing yet, I *think* (and pray) my baby will be ok.<br><br>
Wanted to add: It's not sleeping on my stomach I was worried about yet but having a pillow under my belly/hips that made me concerned.<br><br>
Has anyone ever done something like this before? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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LOL--I'm sure it's fine. I asked my midwife about sleeping on my tummy, and she said 'Don't worry about it--by the time you're not supposed to sleep on your tummy, you won't be able to!' I try to sleep on my side nowadays, but often end up on my back or sort of half on my tummy... the baby doesn't seem to mind, just kicks me if it's feeling squashed!
 

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My OB and MW have both told me that tummy-sleeping is okay so long as you're comfortable. I still can and I'm almost 20 weeks--but I'm overweight and that helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Further along, I've made a huge next of pillows with an empty space at my belly.. like two or three pillows under my hips, chest, and head, but with nothing under my belly.<br><br>
I also find that sleeping with a pillow half under me helps me sleep more comfortably, so I'm kind of half on my side, half on my belly.
 

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I had 2 1-hour massages laying flat on my stomach when I was farther along than you are. It didn't hurt the baby at all. Also, my m/w says not to worry about not laying on my back. In her opinion, as long as the baby has a good heartbeat, he/she can handle the stress of mom sleeping on her back. Your body will signal you when you need to change positions.
 

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I am here just taking this opportunity to shout "MY HIPS ARE KILLING ME!" I can empathise. (I'm 29 weeks) I can't wait to be able to sleep on my back again, my favorite pozzie. This whole side sleeping all night thing is gunna do me 'ead in.<br><br>
Carry on...
 

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I would lie on my stomach on top of a pillow for the first half of my massages every other week till I was about 20 weeks or so and on my back with my knees bent and supported for the second half and still do now at 36 weeks and baby is fine. My midwife said I can lie however I want to and my body will feel uncomfortable and signal me to move way before it does the baby any damage. Even now I sleep half on my tummy with a body pillow under my knee and tummy as a sort of kick stand. It helps keep me from lying directly on my hips.
 

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I slept in a modified tummy position my entire second pregnancy. I slept with a head pillow, a leg pillow, a body pillow in front, and a body pillow in back...on an ultra pillowtop mattress. I find that I get really nauseous if I'm laying flat on my stomach somewhere hard, like the floor. But with pillows, or even on my bed, I can lay on my stomach and be just fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I sleep on my stomach as along as I possibly can! Its so much more comfortable for me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I know laying on your back can cause loss of blood to your heart or legs so I think the baby will be ok. Also the fact that the baby is still so tiny and I'm not showing yet, I *think* (and pray) my baby will be ok.<br><br>
Wanted to add: It's not sleeping on my stomach I was worried about yet but having a pillow under my belly/hips that made me concerned.<br><br>
Has anyone ever done something like this before? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Laying on your back is bad only when the weight of the baby/uterus is so much that the abdominal aorta (the big artery that runs down the posterior abdominal cavity) and the inferior vena cava (big vein that runs up the abdominal cavity) is squished reducing/cutting off blood flow from that point on. From what I've been told when you compress the artery you get pretty uncomfortable quickly, I'm guessing swelling from all the blood that can't go anywhere...maybe some tingling...where's my maternal health book from nursing school? Anywho, at 7 weeks you're baby/uterus is not large enough to do that.<br><br>
As for the pillow under the hips? I'm gonna guess that's not a problem either. I don't think it would squish the baby since the uterus is *generally* still hiding in the pelvis at that point. I'm nine weeks and I'm flat on my belly as much as possible before it becomes uncomfortable.
 

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Laying on your back is bad only when the weight of the baby/uterus is so much that the abdominal aorta (the big artery that runs down the posterior abdominal cavity) and the inferior vena cava (big vein that runs up the abdominal cavity) is squished reducing/cutting off blood flow from that point on. From what I've been told when you compress the artery you get pretty uncomfortable quickly, I'm guessing swelling from all the blood that can't go anywhere...maybe some tingling...where's my maternal health book from nursing school? Anywho, at 7 weeks you're baby/uterus is not large enough to do that.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
I think that you probably don't need to be worried about sleeping on your back until 20 weeks or so, around that time is when the weight of the baby/uterus can interfere with circulation. My MW also said that if I did back sleep after that time and the artery/vein become compressed, that I would most likely wake up from the discomfort and nausea. So enjoy sleeping on your back while you can. Save the sore hips for later in your pregnancy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I agree, it's true about the weight. There are some variables, and you will usually know if you have them. Such as fibroids, which I have, and this made sleeping on my back uncomfortable during the second month and since - much earlier than most. Just that extra bit of expansion and weight on what is already in my uterus was enough to compress and give me pins and needles in the feet and weird feelings.<br><br>
Follow your body, if you have discomfort in any position, change until you find a good position. Experiment with pillows or a softer mattress cover to allow the hips to sink down (not good for long term sleeping, but almost necessary in pregnancy). Of all places, currently my mother's soft, old couch is a great place for me to lay for longer periods because it gives little resistance.
 

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Wait until summertime-go to the beach and dig a big hole, belly sized. Flip over and lie on my belly for the first time in months. Enjoy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Everyone else has said it all about the sleeping on hips and back thing. I just wanted to add that my hips have been killing me too. (I'm 32wks) I've found that when they hurt if I squat down, with my feet a little more than shoulder width apart, and my heels flat on the floor and stay that way for a little bit it eases both the hip pain and back pain. At night I usually just do it on the way back from one of my trips to the bathroom.<br><br>
I learned the squatting from our childbirth classes. It's a laboring position that's supposed to widen the outlet of the pelvis by as much as 10%. I think that stretching of the ligaments of the pelvis is why it eases the hip pain.<br><br>
Not everyone can keep their heels on the floor at first. I also usually do it at the foot of the bed so I can use the corner of the bed to help myself get back up, if I need it.
 
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