Sleeping on side

I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t sleep on my back because it apparently cuts off the blood to the fetus. Which doesn’t sound good.

So I’m trying to train myself to sleep on my side.

It’s not easy. I’m a deep sleeper so I wake up periodically to find I’ve rolled back over. So I started by putting a pillow there (one from the couch) and when that didn’t work, I added another one to the mix:


It’s pretty good but this morning I woke up with a very sore back from having the world shoved into it all night.

Anyone have any suggestions? I’m now officially ready to spend money.

13 thoughts on “Sleeping on side

  1. You might try a “snoogle” pillow or some other type of body pillow. It helps to put it between your legs and lean forward into it. Also by putting it between your legs it will put your hips into a neutral position which helps alleviate pelvic discomfort. The bad thing about that is that you get addicted and then even after the baby comes Charles will have to share the bed with your pillow. 🙂

  2. I’m with Tammy. I heart my snoozer body pillow, which is long and shaped like a candy cane. Justin is jealous, but not because he’s losing me. Because he wants one for himself.

    Having said that, a friend of mine hated it. So it’s trial and error.

  3. After my back surgery, they told me I could no longer sleep on my stomach, which I had done for years and years. I tried sleeping on my stomach for awhile anyway and it hurt like hell, so I took their advice and went to sleeping on my side with a pillow between my legs. Like Tammy says, it brings your hips into a more natural alignment and doesn’t hurt the back as much, not that a bad back is your problem 🙂 I tried the big body pillow, but it was just too bulky. If you decide you don’t like the snoogle, try just a big pillow between your legs; that might help at least keep you partially locked into the side position.

  4. Em
    I gained 75 pounds with Andy(well in my/his defense he did weight 10-10 at birth). I had a horrible time sleeping. I often wondered if you could buy some foam rubber that is about 20″deep and cut out the stomach and breast areas and continue to sleep on your stomach. It would probably be too hot.

  5. Thank you everyone. I’ve just returned from the mall with my very own “Body Mate.” I’m so looking forward to bedtime!

  6. Okay, I can’t be the only one wondering how you slept with your new “body mate?” Was our advise any good? 🙂

  7. It’s so soft! I love it. Still had a bit of rolling on to my back but only out of habit vs aches & pains. So basically I slept like a baby instead of like I was having one.

    And I must say that I love this advice thing. Thank you!

  8. EM ! I h ave missed out on all the chances to butt in and give advise. I am now wired to the world on our island and am just now reading this blog. I love catching up with you in this way.

    I bought both Lena and Dawn a body pillow when they were pregnant. I am pretty sure they both loved them. The only body mate I ever had was the cause of my condition, and he didn’t help me sleep any better and he still doesn’t.

    Smooches for you.

  9. I can’t sleep on my back either or bad things happen and I wake up with a sore back. Apparently i also snore. I looked into ways to make sure that I didn’t end up on my back, and the first way that i tried that works for me is to just curl up with my knees drawn up to my chest. However I can imagine that that won’t be helpful to ya. Anyway…people with sleep apnea sometimes wear a shirt or something with a pillow on the back, or tennis balls duct-taped to the back so that it is impossble to roll over or that is is physically unconfortable to stay on ones back. If you try the tennis-ball thing, be sure to photo document, because it sounds hilarious. What doesn’t work is stuffing pillow behind me. What sort of works is having your girlfriend shove you every time you start to snore because you are on your back. However with this method, i wake up tired and my girlfriend wakes up grumpy.

  10. Wow some of these methods sound like what my Mum endured around WWII time because of her asthma….sleeping with a broomstick strapped to her back.
    A xx

  11. I have to agree with Tbell’s comment about being shoved every time you snore (or end up on your back). Just last night I had a falling out with Leigh because I had shoved him one too many times and he decided to get up and turn the light on so he could find his clothes so he could go sleep in the downstairs bedroom. Then I got mad and told him to forget it, I would sleep downstairs and so I did. Then I woke up mad and tried to make him feel bad for making me feel guilty for poking him while snoring. I’m just not sure how to get him to stop snoring without making him or me mad….Ear plugs?

    I’m glad your body pillow is working out.

    I don’t know if a tennis ball would work for some people, although maybe I’ll make Leigh do that. I think it’s better than putting a pillow over his face when he snores like we used to do with Emily 🙂

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