I am so uncomfortable sleeping at night!

Anna - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am 34 weeks pregnant and up until now my sleeping patterns haven't been too affected other than a few sleepless nights and headaches during the night...but I have been worried over the past few nights because my back pain as been so constant, but also each arm on the side that I sleep on goes numb, (especially my right side, which I avoid unless I get so uncomfortable on my left side) and I am not actually even laying on the arm. Extra pillows don't seem to help and I am not sure what to do? Any suggestions?

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Rowan - posted on 04/14/2009

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People keep telling me, well you won't get any sleep once the baby is born...and i am thinking, actually i will probably be getting the same amount of sleep, just much much more comfortable!! I wake every couple hours with either backache, achy legs, or the need to pee so I think I will be happier when I just have to wake to feed this baby I have been waiting so long to hold! :-D

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Jamie - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi moms, I also deal with the numbness. It is just part of the process. I sold my recliner and actually called the friend to get it back. lol, because i never realized how much the really do save you in the end of pregnancy. Our bodies just aren't made to lay flat with all that extra weight on our hips and shoulders. I don't know about anyone else, but my boobs are just as big and cause just as much pain. lol. That is why I think I have my arms goin numb. Needless to say, it is 3:55 am and I'm on FB..... No sleep for me tonight!

Tina - posted on 04/15/2009

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My back was getting pretty painful and then my left hip. I finally bought a boppy wedge pillow to stick under the bump and just this week I have been sticking a smaller travel pillow between my knees. Regular pillows and body pillows tended to make the aches worse than better for me. And personally, I prefer getting up with an infant to waking up due to being uncomfortable. It was much more enjoyable.

Patty - posted on 04/14/2009

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if you have a reclinerchair that you find comfy try sleeping there, I find it is the only way i can sleep, my head and feet are slightly elivated and i can't roll on to my side. i hope this helps.

Keela - posted on 04/13/2009

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Sleep?? What is that? Everytime I get there I have to pee or my arm goes numb.

Richain - posted on 04/13/2009

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My arms have done that on occassion too.  I start out on my side and then end up on my back.  The only thing that keeps me from rolling to my stomach is a pillow that I hug.  There is hardly any room left in the bed for my husband... let alone the dog that tries to curl up between us.  I wake up about every two hours because I am uncomfortable and my back hurts so I just end up getting up to go pee since I know thats the next complaint.  The pillow between the legs didnt work and the long body pillow was working either.  I am 37 weeks... and SOOOO ready for at least 2 hours of comfortable sleep.  I would even settle for a one hour nap if I were comfy enough.

Rowan - posted on 04/11/2009

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Oh yes, something under the bump is a must! Bit of a pain for me tho because I like to shift from one side to the other at night, and am currently juggling pillows!

Cheryl - posted on 04/11/2009

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what i do to help relieve the pressure from your bump is put a small cushion between your knees and also a flat triangle pillow if got one half of it under your bump it helps counter act your wait from your stomach.... I hope that helps i did it with my first and now my second it make's things slightly comfortable

Rowan - posted on 04/11/2009

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I am 34 weeks pregnant, and have been getting achy legs and back for the past few weeks, the only thing that helps is a pillow between the legs and a lot of patience. At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Anna - posted on 04/10/2009

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Thanks guys.  The pre-natal massage sounds like a good idea and cutting out big meals later in the evening is somethng I will try.  I don't have much caffine other than chocolate sometimes or the occasional cup of tea (I don't have any little children yet so no real reason to stay awake!) But it sounds like it is all the same for you too-just means we are getting close to the end... :) yay! I actually slept a bit better last night because I tried stretching before bed, because my back was so sore.  Thanks again.

Christina - posted on 04/10/2009

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I'm 36 weeks and have been struggling with the hip pain, numbness, and heartburn at night for a while now, just as I did with my first. Lately I've had some success with increasing the pillows under my head so I can sort-of sleep on my back for a part of the night and relieve my hips. I also have a special maternity body pillow that's shaped like a C (available at Babies R Us) that supports my back when I'm on my side, and keeps me diagonal instead of prone when I can't stay on my side any longer. Of course my husband hates it because it is a barrier between us, but oh well. If you have a recliner, that may be a good option too, since you can get off your hips but not put too much pressure on your inferior vena cava. I also echo the advice about the value of good pre-natal massage. Make sure you go to someone who is recommended specifically for that, or else you might get someone who is too nervous dealing with a pregnant lady to do you much good.

Brenda - posted on 04/10/2009

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I haven't found a good solution either, but I usually have one hand fall off the bed and then it starts to swell and go numb.  My problem is my hips, and sleeping on my side causes me a lot of trouble so I have to throw one leg over the other and then its uncomfortable because my belly's in the way.  But just hold on to the fact it is almost over, that's all I'm doing....lol

Allison - posted on 04/10/2009

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I've been seeing a chiropractor trained in Webster technique and it's very, very helpful. I was seeing her once a week, but now that it's later in pregnancy I'm up to twice a week as things are moving around and I'm much bigger now. I'll be 36 weeks tomorrow. After being adjusted I feel like a million bucks for a few days, so it helps a lot!

I'm also going to get a prenatal massage next week - not just one that feels good, but one that is done by a massage therapist who really knows what he's doing and how to really get the muscles to relax and move. It's somewhat intense at times, but it is so helpful!

Sleeping is certainly more difficult now, but after my adjustments I do get some good rest.

Rebekah - posted on 04/10/2009

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No real solution, but I'm right there with you! My arms are fine, but it's my legs that go numb. Add to that waking to pee every couple of hours and I'm not getting much sleep either. My midwife said it was okay to take Tylenol PM, but limited it or it loses its effectiveness. I have a body pillow, 4 regular pillows, and a little pillow (for between my legs), but in all reality they don't do much. I've been taking a Tylenol PM once a week and for that one night I sleep great-- it seems to help relax my restless legs. My midwife also told me to limit the amount of food I eat at night and stay away from caffeine... so you might try that too. It's only going to get worse before it gets better, but it will be worth it in the end to hold your little bundle in something other than your belly. :)

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