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09/04/2013 at 09:36
I'm really struggling with sleep at the moment. I sleep ok but am always waking up on my back and keep hearing conflicting advice about this being bad for the baby. I've done a bit of googling and some of the advice says it's fine until 3rd tri but some says never after 1st tri. I'm so confused!
I get a bit uncomfortable on my side, would a pregnancy pillow thing work? I thought it might help keep me in the same position.
I've got a MW app next Friday so I'll ask her then, but any advice to get me sleeping better before then will be greatly appreciated!
09/04/2013 at 09:40
I had the same problem and I bought a dreamgenii pillow - don't bother! It really hasn't worked for me as, even though it's got a back support, I find myself rolling on top of it! What's worse is the moment I roll onto my back I start snoring! H had to wake me at least 3 or 4 times last night. I think tonight I'll ask H to wedge it right into my back when I go to sleep.
Could you try a rolled up towel or a long pillow behind you?
09/04/2013 at 09:42
I have found the same. I always used to sleep on my front which I can't do now with bump! I have found a pillow between my legs has helped me be more comfy, when sleeping on my side. I have also read about not sleeping on your back, but somewhere suggested putting a pillow under half your back so your at an angle, but again they said it was best not to do this for any length of time. Not sure that's any help but your not alone with being uncomfortable in bed!
09/04/2013 at 09:46
If i sleep on my back i get terrible backache. Sleeping on your back is not good for the baby
I have been sleeping on my left hand side and my left hip has been going to sleep, and I have been waking loads in the night, but last night i used my support pillow and had the best nights sleep i have had in a long time. I think a support pillow would help yes. Mine is a long one with half moon pillows at each end to support my back too.
09/04/2013 at 09:49
I don't think its an issue until baby is big enough to potentially put pressure on your abdominal aorta when upon your back, so 3rd tri. I used to putvca pillow between my knees and one behind my back but often still woke up on my back. If you feel light headed when laying on your back I would definitely do everything to avoid it, but if not try to limit but I wouldn't worry unduly.
09/04/2013 at 09:50
I think it restricts blood supply as it gets squashed. I bought a dream genii but it didn't come into its own until 3rd tri. I'd shove some of it under my bump and the other betwee my legs
09/04/2013 at 09:55
Thanks ladies, I think I will try a pillow between my knees and see if it makes a difference.
Poppyseeds - where did you get your support pillow from?
09/04/2013 at 09:56
My mw said not to worry too much till 3rd tri when baby is heavy enough to put pressure on the main blood vessel that runs down your back. In fact if i roll onto my back now its too uncomfortable and i get breathless. I think the rule is to try and not purposely lie on your bavk but if you roll over in the night and dont realise you should be ok - just get bavk on your side when you realise. I also have a dreamgenii which helps with my spd but doesnt stop me rolling onto my back.
09/04/2013 at 10:26
I slept on my back for some parts of every night as sometimes it was the only place I could get comfy. I'm fine and had a healthy almost 9lb baby so think the risks are small and are mainly for mum not baby so you'll know yourself how you feel.
09/04/2013 at 10:28
I got mine first time round from blooming marvellous (who now dont exist) and it looks a bit like this:
but my pillows at the ends are much more supportive. I will see if i can find it.
09/04/2013 at 10:30
popcorn, this is the exact one:
09/04/2013 at 11:22
Brilliant, thanks. Love a bit of an Ebay bargain as well!
09/04/2013 at 11:36
I and one of these www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/sp+multi-purpose-maternity-body-support-pillow-in-maternity-products-and-underwear+b6299 last time, which was great until the dog sh-agged the life out of it!
I think after that I just used a v pillow and shoved it between my legs. After baby I washed it (lol) and used it when BF in bed,or when my boy slept on me in bed, so I was propped up.
09/04/2013 at 11:52
IDC that looks amazing, I think it's because the woman looks so peacefully asleep in it though, I'm such a sucker. I like the idea that if I get one and spend a bit more on it, I can use it afterwards for BF. Thanks for the rec!
09/04/2013 at 12:06
Missus S - were you pleased with the dreamgenii in 3rd tri? I've been having such problems with it but I'm determined that it's going to work seeing as I paid so much for it! I find I either roll into the "flat" panel or I roll on top of the back support, so it's obviously not supporting my back like it should!
09/04/2013 at 13:23
I would barely leave the house without my Dream Genii in the third try, I took it everywhere I might possibly sleep. It became handy from about 26 weeks when my bump really protruded.
I found as I got later into pregnancy I physically couldn't sleep on my back, it made me feel very dizzy and faint and made my BP drop (or at least this was what my MW suggested when I went in on a sickday complaining of said symptoms). I'd try as much as possible to keep on your side now, as it gets more important the further along (and heavier) your bump becomes.
Knees i'm only little and had that issue, the flat bit was too wide. I started getting H to tuck me into it so it was under my back and would fold it to make it smaller before I lay on it. I also found it invaluable in the early days to feed on. And still use it now when the kids or great-grandparents visit as neither have the strength to hold E now, and it helps, so i've definately had my monies worth.
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