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HollyC255552 Sat 13-Dec-14 18:45:20

having trouble sleeping in early pregnancy?? I'm 8/9 weeks and literally waking up 2/3 or maybe 4 times a night, its not like I need the loo every time either. Sometimes I'm literally lying there awake for about an hour trying to get back to sleep.
I'm also concerned as to when I should start sleeping on my side (which i'm worried about as this is something I've never been able to do) I'm a stomach or back sleeper. sad

Teeste Sat 13-Dec-14 18:51:04

I don't think I've slept all the way through since about 6 weeks, I'm now 13+3. It's one of those things, I think. I've had to get very used to napping!

I thought you were supposed to sleep on your side from 16 weeks - something about an artery getting trapped. I'm getting a long v-pillow to help keep me there. So you have a few weeks before you need to start worrying smile

Peaceloveandbiscuits Sat 13-Dec-14 18:51:06

Sleep however you're comfortable for as long as you're comfortable. I think that stressing about being in the right position is more damaging than being in the "wrong" position, because if you're not comfortable, you won't be getting adequate rest! Relax. I do remember struggling to sleep in the first trimester; I was quite restless and couldn't get comfortable, I think? I'm now 38 weeks and am getting up every 45 minutes to go to the toilet, haha. Look forward to that lovely second trimester when everything seems to settle down smile congratulations.

HollyC255552 Sat 13-Dec-14 19:04:48

Thank you Teeste - I'm finding it very tiring as have to travel to London each day to work, so cant really nap during the week. I have seen those v-pillows. I don't know much about them though.

Peacelove that's good to know I think I'm worrying myself too much about it. At the moment its not getting off to sleep that's a problem its just the waking up. I have been told the second trimester is a lot easier. Not long for you now bet your so excited!! Do you know what your having?

Peaceloveandbiscuits Sat 13-Dec-14 19:59:40

Sort of excited; mostly just want it over with! I second getting a pregnancy pillow. I went for the Dream Genii but I also need another thin pillow wedged under my back now I'm big. I got mine at about 12 weeks but it would have been nice even from 8/9. Sleep is important! Do whatever it takes, ha!

TheScenicRoute Sat 13-Dec-14 20:29:41

Holly, your sleeping positions will evolve in itheir own good time, what you found uncomfortable when you were not pregnant will be the most comfortable thing you could possibly imagine when youre 30 weeks pregnant! Thank fully you get used to the changes slowly. X

coastergirl Sat 13-Dec-14 21:57:37

I'm 26 weeks now and although I fall asleep on my left side, I always wake up flat on my back. It doesn't seem to be causing problems at the moment.

Marshpillow Sat 13-Dec-14 23:04:13

Don't worry about sleeping on your stomach, you wont hurt the baby, its nice and cushioned. Basically I believe you can sleep on your stomach until its uncomfortable. For me this was at about 20 weeks and I'm now forced to sleep on my side.
If you wake up on your back, don't panic, just roll onto your side to fall back asleep. I'm 25 weeks and I'm sure many ladies further along than me will tell you they are constantly waking up on their backs smile

RetroHippy Sun 14-Dec-14 08:11:27

My preggo yoga instructor said that you really should be side-sleeping by 30 weeks. You've got ages yet. As a back sleeper I compromised for a while by sleeping on my back with a pillow wedged under one side to give me an angle.

Not been able to front sleep since about 5 weeks as my boobs were killing me.

Now 34 weeks and have to side sleep with a pillow wedged under the bump. You get used to it.

And yy to early pregnancy insomnia. For me it was waking at 4am absolutely ravenous and having to have a bowl of cereal before going back to sleep grin

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