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when do you change your sleeping position?
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:19 PM
I know from the pregnancy guide that sleeping on the left hand side is better, and I think i won't have any issue because i usually sleep that way before.
However, a few weeks ago, while I'm still in the first trimester, I found that position not comfortable and I preferred to sleep on the back. I have tried at different nights, to tilt myself a bit more on the left, and placed a cushion between the knees, I still don't like that. I just feel the tummy is heavier on the left when i sleep on the left.
What should I do? ( i am approaching 13 wk) When i should better change the position ?
thanks very much
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:23 PM
I'm 29 weeks and still wake up on my back sometimes. Just go with whatever is comfortable - as you get bigger that will change!
Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:02 PM
I probably wouldn't worry too much about that at the moment. I found in my first pregnancy that I would wake up on my back during my second trimester and feel quite comfortable and go back to sleep. Not this time around though, I've only ever been comfortable on my side. And I don't use pillows or cushions at all either. Sleep however feels comfortable at the moment and you may find that it will be uncomfortable later on to sleep on your back. If you feel that your belly is too heavy on your side maybe try using a body pillow or a small cushion to rest your belly on.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:13 PM
I was always a back or stomach sleeper, and so I've been trying to focus more on my sides. I still find my back is more comfortable as I have pain in my hips now, but I found if I put a semi-firm pillow right along my lower back, I can lay on it but not fully be on my back or side... So I'm kind of tilted to the side. It's comfy and I asked my doctor and she said it was fine! I also have tried having a pillow under the belly and it helps with the support, so you could try that too.
Don't freak out if you wake up and you're back on your back, because your body will let you know when things aren't right.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:17 PM
Sleep however your comfortable your body will wake up if something's not right.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:19 PM
I got myself a bellybean pillow to help encourage 'tilted' sleeping and some belly support once bump gets bigger. I was/am a tummy sleeper normally so knew I'd have trouble adjusting once the bump got too big so thought I'd get some help and bellybean gets great reviews on here!
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:21 PM
I naturally sleep on my back and in both my pregnancies, while I would go to sleep on my side with body pillow I would wake up on my back. This time I have learned to sleep on my back with a European pillow under my normal pillow so I am on a slope. Much more comfortable for my hips.
I wouldn't worry about it at all until 20 weeks anyway.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:15 PM
OP please do not worry about your sleeping position.
Whilst the left side might be the preferred side to sleep on it doesn't mean all other positions are unsafe.
Occasionally the weight of a heavy uterus will place some pressure on the blood vessels behind your uterus and you might feel faint because your blood pressure drops but you will instinctively move in your sleep before your baby will even notice.
Sleep which ever way is comfortable for you and enjoy your pregnancy.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:28 AM
Nott, I am also almost 13 weeks and have been fussing over sleeping positions. I like to sleep on my back or belly, at times sides but side sleeping is tiring on our shoulder/arm joints and hips making them really sore. I also find myself on my back when i wake up.
These ladies' advice is great.
After talking to other mums and my osteopath, I begin to relax about my sleep position and for the last two nights I slept better. I prefer to sleep on my right than left thtough i read left is better. I let go and slept on my right and it is fine.
I want to buy a wedge cushion to support my growing tummy though my osteopatht says a small folded towel is fine. She has also taught me a few positions to sleep so I wont tire my shouldeer/arm and hips too much. Seeing an osteopath to get some advice is really helpful. She can teach you some stretches to relax your achy parts too.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:36 AM
I never made a conscious effort to change it. I just slept in whatever way I was comfortable.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:38 AM
At this point be thankful you are sleeping. LOL Im at 32 weeks and sleep however I can and usually wake every hour to roll over.
Personally, I think it's one of those things that is not a problem for the majority of women, just something else for us to stress over and become slightly paranoid about. (not saying yo are paranoid, just makes all of us feel a bit this way)
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:43 AM
but side sleeping is tiring on our shoulder/arm joints and hips making them really sore. I also find myself on my back when i wake up.
I find this too - best purchase I ever made was a body length pillow. Its just like a normal pillow but long and its great. It support my top arm, the middle bit supports my belly and the lower part goes between my knees. I'd be lost without it!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:49 PM
I've always been a side sleeper, but since I've been pregnant I've found it more comortable to be mostly on my back and a little 'tilted'. I thik I'll invest in one of the body pillows or belly beans when I get further along.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:23 AM
I've been trying since the first trimester and now, here I am at 31w and still trying...
I've seen some have gotten advice from doctors that their body will naturally move or wake up in the same way you do when getting a dead arm when asleep. I try to keep that in my mind and not worry about it too much.
My biggest problem atm is that the baby is incredibly active when I'm on my side. I'm not sure if she likes it or hates it but she certainly reacts to it! She was fully stretched out last night, head protruding down and foot up the top. Makes it quite hard to fall to sleep with all that going on!
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:54 PM
Thanks very much for sharing your experience for sleeping position. I think i will feel less stressed when I know i don't need to force myself for a particular position.
I didn't get a smooth sleep for some time, usually woke up at middle of the night to drink water and loo. Now, i sleep an hour earlier than before, so most of the days will wake up 2 times, for water and loo.
When it is rainy days, i find the sleep will be much better!
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:56 PM
Don't worry op, as someone close to birth, I can tell you that soon you won't be sleeping much anyway.
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