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Hip pain when sleeping =no sleep

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mytime777 Thu 05-Jul-12 20:12:33

I'm 17 weeks pregnant with my first and for the past week I've been noticing aching in my hips at night. I know ur not meant to sleep on your back so I've been sleeping on my side ( which I did do prior to pregnancy) but keep getting woken up every few hours due to the side I'm laying on aching like mad and mainly my hip.
I mentioned it to my midwife who just said that 'yes it can be uncomfortable sleeping when pregnant' and said to take paracetemol.
I don't want to take pills every night and so wondered if anyone had experienced this and if so any suggestions ?
( I read somewhere that it could be due to the hormones that relax the ligaments and so offer less support to your bones and joints...?)

Worrying - if it's this bad and effecting my sleep now when i've not got much of a bump yet, what will I be like later on?

Thanks in advance.

jkklpu Thu 05-Jul-12 20:16:04

Sorry to say, ime this just gets worth as the pregnancy goes on. All I found to do was to change sides every time I woke up and sleep with a pillow between my legs.

Sosmum Thu 05-Jul-12 20:35:25

I'm much the same! I'm 22 weeks today and I'm struggling with the hip pain at night. I've got one of the long pregnancy pillows and I put that under my bump and between my legs but I also turn over in the night when I wake.

catchingzeds Thu 05-Jul-12 20:37:44

I was suffering the same, I tried the pillow between the legs and it actually made my pain worse. Then I read a tip on here about sleeping on a duvet, so bought a £6 tesco value single duvet folded it in half and it has definitely helped A LOT. Pain returning now I'm 35 weeks but the duvet tip bought me an extra couple of months of decent sleep.

tethersend Thu 05-Jul-12 20:41:52

yy, find a softer surface to sleep on. I slept on the sofa. It was bliss.

McBaby Thu 05-Jul-12 21:31:22

Pilliow between legs. Sleep on a duvet. Keeps knees together when rolling over as well as engaging pelvic fl

McBaby Thu 05-Jul-12 21:34:16

Pilliow between legs. Sleep on a duvet. Keeps knees together when rolling over as well as engaging pelvic floor muscle. Have had hip pain since about 8 weeks and SPD since 20 weeks currently 35 weeks and these help the pain at night. I still wake up to roll over every time

barleysugar Thu 05-Jul-12 22:03:03

Sleep on a single duvet and tuck some of it between your legs, sleep in satin pyjamas so you can turn over easier, get a Bellybra support vest. All of these will help but to he honest, I had it so bad at the end of my third pregnancy the only way I could get any sleep was 15mg of codeine. I used to treat myself to it a couple of times a week.

Springforward Thu 05-Jul-12 22:16:43

A softer surface and a slim pillow between your knees might help. I got on well with an L shaped cushion, with one end between knees and bump on the other.

3bees Thu 05-Jul-12 22:46:11

The only thing that helps me I to sleep completely sat up. Either that or just deal with having to turn over all the time. Oh said I turned 6 times in an hour the other night. Keep complaining to mw. Mine fobbed me off from 16 weeks until 34 weeks when she saw me trying to walk and referred me to physio (unfortunately they wouldn't see me as said there was no point)

urbanturban Fri 06-Jul-12 08:07:38

I've has this with all three of my pregnancies and found that my memory foam mattress topper has been a godsend! Also supports my bump well too when I am sleeping on my side!

mytime777 Fri 06-Jul-12 09:52:20

Thanks ladies.
I tried sleeping on a duvet last night and pillow between my legs which helped a little. I still had pain and turned but not as bad as the previous nights.
I am joining a new doctors practise next week and will be seeing my new midwife and doctor so will me ruin it to both and see what they suggest too.
Thanks again

Springforward Fri 06-Jul-12 20:13:49

YY to memory foam-topped mattress, we bought one at about 30 weeks and it was utterly heavenly!

oikopolis Fri 06-Jul-12 20:46:35

been there, am still there at 29 weeks. it does get a bit worse as time goes in ime. i find it's worst at night because you're moving less so everything sort of stiffens up.

i say:
-pillow between legs
-keep knees together when turning over or getting in and out of bed
-no straddling movements -- keep your knees close to each other and avoid any activity where you have to take big steps/step over things/ etc.
-have DH/DP/whoever start doing any lifting. Really. even things that you would normally easily lift. DH does the food shop now because i've noticed more pain after carrying the shopping in from the car etc.
-realise that a lot of this is hormonal. which means that exercises etc are not going to help as much as they would normally.

if you are losing significant sleep, talk to GP about getting co-comadol in for use at night. you don't want baby getting dependent so i would say, take it 4 nights out of 7 or something. at least that way you're getting some sleep, rather than none.

HelenHen Fri 13-Jul-12 12:19:38

Yep, this is horrible. I always sleep on my back too and am really struggling sleeping on my sides, wake up every hour to turn over and/or pee grin . First time I wake up I get into the spare bed which is a single. I tuck one side of the duvet under my back, the other between my knees, under my bump and between my boobs smile . It seems to help a bit. I've tried the sleeping sitting up thing but it's just alien to me... wish I could.

Seedsmumtobe Mon 22-Oct-12 11:06:56

I'm 18+3 weeks and have been suffering on and off with hip pain since about week 8.
Had a dreadful night last night, went to see GP and he's signed me off work for a week (i work with children, so am constantly up and down off of small chairs and the floor which doesn't help).
I've got a long pillow which i put between my legs, last night did try to turn each time i woke up, but didn't seem to help me.
Will try the sleeping on a duvet see if that helps. can't believe it's gonna get worse and not go away for another 22weeks!!

windsurf74 Mon 22-Oct-12 11:22:17

I've not slept for about 12 weeks now! I'm 36 weeks pg. Was told it's due to SPD. Due to see physio this week (couldn't get any earlier appt) but will probably be induced this week anyway, so all a bit late.

Nothing to advise sorry, except as the other ladies have said, pillow between legs. Lots of sympathy though, it's pretty rubbish.

p.s you do get used to having no sleep! I think it's nature's way of preparing you for the sleepless nights ahead so it's not a major shock!!!

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