Im only 17+5 and for the past two nights Ive had a strong, painful ache in my hip when I sleep on that side.
First night it kept waking me up, second I put a pillow under me, which made it alot better but its still not that comfortable. Anything I can do or is it just one of those things? I havent been laying on my back as that hurts too.
I bought a pregnancy support pillow and it really helped, I can tell the nights I've wriggled out of the right position as the hip pain is back, I have had it since about 15 weeks. The cushion tilts my torso slightly as well as going between my knees. I am also going to the pre-natal physiotherapy on offer, so hoping that will help even more - my midwife tells me this is what it is for (I wasn't sure I was bad enough).
my hips ached when i was heavily pregnant. i would lie on my side with a pillow under the bump and a pillow between my legs. it did help slightly although you do end up getting into a fight with your pillows when you want to swap sides!
Its nice knowing theres a chance it might fix itself, was starting to think I had months of poor sleep ahead of me. Hopefully it wont get any worse, I didnt think this sort of stuff happened untill you where huge!
I had the same thing start at about 18 weeks. I got a spare double duvet, doubled it over and put that on top of the mattress. It didn't completely stop the pain, but meant it took a lot longer for it to start. (In addition to a number of pillows here, there and everywhere!)
I have pre-existing spinal problems and ended up with SPD too, I totally agree with asking for physio. If at all possible, try and ask to see one with ante-natal experience.
i put a pillow under my hips and another between my legs but am still in pain. i really don't know the answer! i have a bit of SPD so can't really do stretches that would help relieve it. we're getting a new mattress though so maybe that will help.
It might be worth checking out the pelvic pain support network: http://www.pelvicpain.org.uk/ I have no idea if you have it (I do) but if so, you're far better to know ahead of time and do as little as possible to aggravate the condition. I moved house and bitterly regret all the lifting and bending.
I started with a pillow inbetween my legs and now have one behind my back and that works a treat! Just ordered a feather bolster pillow as one night DH ripped the pillow out from behind my back and I fell onto my back (he likes to hug pillows but he'll be hard pushed to pull a 6ft long bolster away from me!). I also make sure the one behind my back comes up to cushion my shoulders. It means that I'm not exactly lying hip on hip, but I can relax back a bit. Works for me but everyone is different. DH has just come back after a week away and whilst he was away I experimented with a few things (hugging a duvet etc) but this way worked best for me. Can't wait to get the bolster as currently having to make do with one pillow at the back whereas when DH was away, I lined my back with all his pillows too - bliss!