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Tips for comfortable sleeping?

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eastcoastmum2014 Wed 24-Dec-14 10:42:51

So after the worst nights sleep so far I'm desperate!! I'm 36 weeks tomorrow and have SPD which seems to kick in at night. I'm finding that when I lie on my left side I wake up about 5 or 6 times in the night in agony with hips and pelvic pain! I'm also getting stronger bh at night as well. I'm averaging about 6 hours but last night it was more like 3 sad. I try and sleep with a cushion between my legs but it dosen't seem to help! Does anyone have any ideas to help? I really don't want another 4 - 6 weeks of this sad

yongnian Wed 24-Dec-14 10:50:14

Dream geni body pillow saved my sanity. I was lucky and got mine vastly reduced in tk Maxx but now I know how great it is (baby is 9 mths but still use it for lying down breatfeeding and because I have dodgy spine/hips anyway) I would have happily paid full price for the comfort it's given me and use I've had out of it.

yongnian Wed 24-Dec-14 10:51:23

Ps far better than othe body pillows I tried and I had SPD too x

Happy36 Wed 24-Dec-14 10:53:34

Yes, get a "bump pillow". Recently I bought an extra one from Primark for a friend and she preferred it to a more expensive one she had already (brand unknown).

Happy36 Wed 24-Dec-14 10:54:34

Yes, get a "bump pillow". Recently I bought an extra one from Primark for a friend and she preferred it to a more expensive one she had already (brand unknown).

babyblabber Wed 24-Dec-14 13:02:17

I second thr Dream genie pillow. Didn't buy it during my first pregnancy for some reason but my god i could sleep without it now. I usually sleep on my tummy so as soon as that becomes impossible DG comes to the rescue. I know you've only 4 weeks left but it's worth it!

September60b Wed 24-Dec-14 16:11:36

Another vote for the dream geni here. Wouldn't usually buy something so expensive but it was donated from a friend and I have to say I would have bought one myself knowing what I know now! I know they're probably not for everyone though. I also use an extra pillow under my lower back now too at 37 weeks.

I also find that I have to alternate between the left and right side throughout the night due to rib pain. Hope you manage to find a solution op!

Halfpastthelegofmyshirt Thu 25-Dec-14 15:51:51

I spent last night on an air bed and though I don't particularly like them when not pregnant, I woke up without achy hips for once! I think you need a softer mattress when you are so limited as to sleeping positions. I'm 33 weeks and also have SPD.

Doje Thu 25-Dec-14 15:56:23

In my last couple of weeks, I doubled up a duvet and slept on that. Think making it a softer base really helped.

TheScenicRoute Thu 25-Dec-14 18:33:20

Not sure about the soft mattress thing. We bought a Temper mattress early In pregnancy, it supports my bump wonderfully (needed a wedge pillow previously) but I get a really achy back on this mattress and I not suffering from generalised back pain in pregnancy.

MyNameIsButterfly Thu 25-Dec-14 20:30:22

have you seen physio about your spd? After i saw physio I've been feeling so much better. i was literally in pain 24/7 and after seeing them I rarely suffer it. I also got big u shaped pregnancy pillow and doubled up duvet to sleep on.

EstRusMum Thu 25-Dec-14 22:49:13

I just can't sleep on left side. Only fall asleep on right side and don't need any support at all. The funny thing is I never used to sleep on right side prior to getting pregnant. Now it's the only way to fall asleep. Just for the past 3 weeks though. I'm 37+6 now.
You should try to sleep on the right side. It might work.

Pico2 Thu 25-Dec-14 23:48:04

In sleeping with a pillow between my legs, a very firm one. I had some sort of bump pillow last time, but don't seem to need that.

A good, hands on physio can make a real difference.

cheshirem2b Fri 26-Dec-14 07:39:45

I have the dream genie. It's Ok but I find I roll on my back during the night and then wake with aching hips. It is good if you can stay on your side (I use extra pillow behind my back to try and stop me rolling)! I'm 39+1 so nothing is comfortable anymore!

Superworm Fri 26-Dec-14 07:58:50

I slept on a folded double duvet with a pillow for my bump, one in between my knees and one supporting my back, plus I was at a 30 degree upright angle due to reflux. It was so comfy I slept 8-9 hours straight right up until DS was born. Good job too as he didn't sleep through until he was 2.5 years.

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