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I'm curious to see if anyone else is going thru this too......tyring to sleep on your left side only? Lately, things are just WAY more uncomfortable to try to get comfy at night. I still have the breathing issues I've had for awhile (stuffy nose -since beginning of pregnancy and recently position of baby), but now I'm starting with the horrid back aches and leg cramps. My husband had to roll me out of bed the other night cause I stretched my leg and had a horrible cramp in my shin, the only thing that worked was standing up. So sleep and staying asleep is becoming more of a challenge than usual. It's horrible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> And on top of all this, I'm trying my best to sleep on my left side as much as possible, but both of my sides can get so sore sometimes too. I can not sleep on my back - really can't breath then. I've resorted to stacking about 4 pillows behind me and sleeping in the sit up position, but it's not very comfy. I'll roll from left side to right side, but lately even the right side makes me feel weird.....like I need to either roll back to my left or sit up to sleep. My sleep is certainly getting worse......last night I was up for nearly 2 hours in the middle of the night and today I feel like I'm dragging. I have a body pillow that I sleep with everynight, but nothing is becoming comfortable for me.......anyone else going thru sleep problems???
 

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It does get difficult, doesn't it? I'm mostly sleeping evenly on my left or right side, but some time on my back. I remember with DS around 40 weeks I was sleeping on the couch... I made a little 'nest' and I'm not sure why it was more appealing than the bad. Perhaps the support of the back of the couch? And then I transitioned to sleeping in a recliner a few nights.
 

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I mostly sleep on my left with a body pillow. Sometimes I can sleep on the right but my heart starts to race. Same with my back.<br><br>
It's totally awful! I feel for you. I was just whining the other night about wanting to sleep on my tummy again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I had a friend that could only sleep in a recliner for the last month!<br><br>
When I feel a shin/calf cramp coming on from stretching my leg out I immediately flex my foot and it goes away.<br><br>
Just a couple more months and you'll forget how uncomfortable this all was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Personally I think trying to *make* yourself sleep in some position because it's "better" is way silly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Sleep how you're comfortable.<br><br>
Me- I've always slept spookily still and nearly always on my right side <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
-Angela
 

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Sleeping on my left side IS what's most comfortable, but after awhile of it, my side and hip begins to hurt pretty badly. When that happens, then no other position is comfortable and that's where the frustration and sleepiness comes in.<br><br>
Sometimes my right side is fine to sleep on and other times, I feel like I can't breathe and yes, my heart does start to race too. I have tried my recliner and that seems to be okay, but then the problem with that is that it's on the 1st floor and we only have a bathroom on the 2nd floor and in the basement. Since I still go pee like 4-5 times a night, it's a pain......I just can't win right now....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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That just stinks... pillows? Some firm, some soft, some big, some little? Make yourself a little supported nest maybe.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
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I've been bouncing back and forth from left to right and on my back for a while. Some nights it is easier on my left, but really on my back feels best. I have a bolo pillow that is the bead stuff (squishy) and I put that under my left hip, so I'm not totally flat, kinda leaning.<br><br>
I also feel better hip wise if I have a pillow between my legs. And always have the bolo pillow under my belly so it isn't hangning.<br><br>
Hope you get some rest soon!
 

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left is more comfortable for me too but sometimes I wake up b/c my body is achy from being in that same position so I switch to the right....but then I can't breathe as good b/c my lungs are crushed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> so I switch back to left.
 

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I pulled one of the the back cushions off the couch and propped it up with other pillows against the wall behind my bed so it's in an inclined position. Then I put other pillows on top of it that are easy to adjust depending how I feel on a particular night (and throughout the night). I start on my left side on this incline, with a wedge under my torso (some nights under by back, sometimes my belly) and body pillow between my legs, plus something under my top arm to keep my chest open.<br><br>
It works pretty well, though my hip does start to get achy. I usually end up on my right side a few times a night to ease the hip thing, but it gives me heartburn so I can't always do it. Someone recommended buying one of those egg crate things to put under my hips for more cushion, but I haven't gotten desperate enough to try it yet.<br><br>
I would like to set this all up in a corner wall for more stability, but again, I haven't gotten desperate enough. I usually just stretch my hips every couple hours when I get up to go to the bathroom.<br><br>
Not sure if you'll find anything useful in that, but it's what's working for me for now. Hope you get some relief!
 

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Me, too. I used to sleep on my right side sometimes, but now I feel sick if I lie on it for too long, but my let hip will hurt all day if I sleep on my left all night. Sometimes I do better propped up on the couch, but I go to bed early than my husband or roommate, so it's not always possible for me to sleep there. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and move to the couch.
 

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I would die of pain if I only let myself sleep on one side through the night. I usually wake up every couple of hours (and will wake up every 30 minutes as I get closer to delivery) with the hip I am sleeping on aching like crazy. So I turn over until I wake up again.<br><br>
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definitely gets hard! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
right now I'm there too. if I accidentally get on my back I wake in excruciating hip/back pain. On my right side I cough and cough and cough, but don't vomit. On my left side I don't cough, but always end up vomiting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I flip back and forth from right to left every 2-3 hours. I figure that that's what they do if you're in hospital birthing and have an epidural (at least here, they encourage that) so it can't really be bad for baby. If it's comfortable, then baby should be fine. I also often spend at least one short nap at night on my back, propped up to semi-sitting, to give my hips a break when they are really troubling me (or to try to ease the heartburn).
 

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I have to switch sides every 2-3 hours. I'm personally more comfortable on my right, but just can't stay there. I don't have the breathing trouble you're having, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">. I say do whatever you have to in order to get comfortable, but it isn't easy, and it's only going to get worse, sadly. I also spend some time in the recliner but hate it because it's so hard to get out of when I need to pee. Also it's a pain because I have to haul all of my blankets off the bed, etc.<br><br>
I'm pretty much resigned right now to just being in pain and not getting good sleep. It's the main reason I'm starting to look forward to the end of this pregnancy, despite the fact that we are nowhere near ready for this baby.<br><br>
I also find that if I spend some time on my back or in a knees/chest position (kind of a modified child's pose from yoga), it allows my hips/pelvis to kind of stabilize and return to a neutral position. So I sometimes do this during the night, and almost always do it before I get out of bed (sadly, I can't lie on my back anymore though). If I don't do it before getting out of bed, I can barely walk because the pain gets really bad when I support all of my body weight on one leg (which you kind of have to do when you walk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).
 

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Sleeping is just horrible for me lately too! If I sleep on my left side I get horrible hip/butt/leg cramps on the left side, but if I sleep on the right side my leg goes numb from sciatica. If I sleep on my back (which I usually end up doing) I wake up gasping for air.
 

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I am getting so uncomfortable as well. I sleep mainly on my right cause my left goes numb really bad. But it is almost to the point I cant sleep in any position. for a while if dh was spooned up to my back I was more comfortable but now that isnt comfy and it almost hurts. Sometimes I just give up and take a tylenol before bed and I usually sleep really good then. and I have to pop my hips alot.
 

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I also try to spend most of my time on my left side to allow more oxygen and nutrients get to the baby. But due to hip pain I spend a great deal of time on my other side also. I try to avoid sleeping on my back.
 

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I'm starting to wake up uncomfortable more often lately, too. I'm not limiting myself, specifically, but am usually a left-side sleeper naturally. That makes it all the more depressing when I wake up uncomfortable on my left side... I know I won't be any more comfortable in any other position because that IS the comfortable position.<br><br>
Sometimes I have to make a mental change... moving to the couch helps for some reason, even though it's no more comfortable, and probably less so.
 

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I usually sleep on either side, sometimes i end up on my back. I figure i will wake up or move if its causing me issues. If my hip is playing up then i will roll forward more, so i am kind of half on my belly but supported by pillows. I find that the change in angle really helps as far as hip pain.
 
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