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This might be a stupid or irrational question/concern... but I just had to put it out there!<br><br>
I'm a stomach sleeper through and through. I've been trying for the past month or two to sleep on my side or my back. It's hard, but I'm finally getting to the point where I can fall asleep. But lately I've been constantly waking up on my stomach! I hate to think I'm squishing the baby? Like I said, probably irrational, but that's my state right now.<br><br>
Any other stomach sleepers out there who have successfully made the switch? Any tips or tricks? (preferably one that does not involve surrounding myself with extra pillows because it's HOT here in the summer!)
 

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I'm a stomach sleeper too! With DS I was able to sleep on my stomach until around 20 weeks or so, but after that he would kick around and wake me up if I rolled onto my stomach. I bought this great body pillow shaped like a candy cane (I forget the name of it now) and that helped keep me on my side. It's kind of a pain when you want to roll over, but it was the only way I could sleep once I got big. I used only that pillow, so it wasn't really that hot.
 

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are you trying to make the switch now b/c your thinking you shouldn't be sleeping on your tummy? my last pregnancy my mw told me to sleep on my stomach for as long as it was comfortable.. i know i've seen articles saying you shouldn't after so many weeks - but she said to not worry. i think i made it well into the middle of my 2nd trimester. after that i got a body pillow and tried to make the best of it.
 

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You are not squishing your baby! Baby's in a water balloon, well protected! I'm a stomach sleeper myself actually. Well sort of half side half stomach. So I totally understand!<br><br>
If you'll take advice from someone who was in a simliar situation, sleep as you'll like and get your rest because as you get further in your pregnancy you won't be able to sleep like you'd like.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> It'll be ok mama!
 

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Sleep however you're comfortable. When your belly gets bigger, it won't be comfortable to stomach sleep anymore.<br><br>
And you can't squish baby - he or she is very well protected in there!<br><br>
"They" and "the books" tell you to sleep on your left side because it's better for blood flow, or something. But your body will tell you when to shift, move, etc., - just like if your arm is over your head, you move it in your sleep without waking up before it falls asleep.
 

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Stomach sleeper here too. I just hit the 2nd tri and still sleep on my stomach because it's still comfortable for me to. Once I get big enough it won't be and then I'll have a problem falling asleep.<br><br>
Keep sleeping on your stomach. Once it's no longer comfy you'll have to find another position.
 

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I'm an all-over sleeper, but for the last couple of weeks the most comfortable position for me has been on my side with a Tempurpedic foam pillow between my thighs/knees. That pillow is crucial - without it, side-sleeping isn't comfortable at all. I feel like my pelvis is already widening and it's almost like my "upper" leg is hanging there uncomfortably if I don't have the pillow there to space things out a little bit.<br><br>
I've also found, if anything, the pillow helps cool me down at night because I don't have skin-to-skin contact between my legs. Give it a try - hope it helps you!<br><br>
Oh, P.S. if you don't have a foam pillow or other fairly thick/stiff pillow, you might want to try folding another kind in half to give you some height. Our down pillows totally wouldn't cut it unless I balled it up.
 

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Oddly, I am only a stomach sleeper for the first few months of pregnancy. I am always a side sleeper otherwise. I think your good until you start to feel uncomfortable physically. <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 stomach slept most of my first pregnancy and dd didn't come out smooshed or anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I'm most comfortable on my stomach and then later in pregnancy, I had a body pillow that I'd prop my leg on so I didn't feel so squished in my middle.<br><br>
It was actually after dd's arrival when finding a sleeping position was more difficult. I ended up on my side or back with her next to me, in my arm usually and that was VERY different than how I was used to sleeping.
 

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YAY! Stomach sleeping is totally in the cards tonight, thanks ladies! I figured the baby was alright, but since all the books said to sleep on your side, I was a little concerned.<br><br>
Sleeping is getting a little easier now too, as I'm getting closer to the second trimester (one week away!). Less potty breaks (down to two from four) and no more never-ending headaches. Bravo!<br><br>
I'll have to get either one of those foam pillows or a body pillow. Or maybe a foam body pillow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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I'm such a stomach sleeper that last time I'd wake in the night when I was REALLY far along (like 35 weeks) and find myself halfway rolled onto my big old belly in the weirdest position imaginable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> I asked my healthcare provider what to do about it and she just kind of laughed and said, move if you wake up and feel uncomfortable, but otherwise don't worry too much about it.<br><br>
But yeah the pregnancy pillows are a good investment. Although they can't perform miracles. You still have to get up evey 5 minutes to pee! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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