how r you supposed to sleep with a huge stomache??!!

Riane - posted on 11/01/2009 ( 123 moms have responded )

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some suggestions please, im 7 months and i would love to get some sleep now cause i know when she comes i will not be able to sleep at all!?

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Kayla - posted on 11/08/2009

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haha good luck!! Your only going to get bigger and it only gets harder to sleep towards the end. Thats the bad news. The good news is you actually might get sleep once your daughter is born, some babies mine included sleep thru the night from day one!! I personaly loved my body pillow when I was preggo, I'd sleep on my side and rest my hude belly on it. Trust me it was huge too, my daughter was 9lbs 5oz when she was born. Good luck and I hope you get some well deserved sleep!!

Katherine - posted on 11/01/2009

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Buy two body pillows. One goes in between your ankles and knees. Half of the other one goes under your belly so you don't get dragged over with it when you lay on your side, and the upper half of the pillow you can hug with your arm. Does WONDERS for me. Without these, I'd have woken up with sore ankles, knees, shoulders, neck, everything.

Sleeping on the right and left side is baloney. It doesn't matter which side - my family doctor said it doesn't matter. What it does matter is laying on your back. A big no-no! The weight of the baby literally compresses your colon and you'd be backed-up, plus there are several major blood vessels nearer the back than it is to the front, and you'd be pinching those, too.

However... you can sleep on your belly, too. There is an airbed a company made that's specifically for very pregnant mothers. They carved out a hole in the middle of the airbed and you stick your belly in that. It's not a bottom-less hole, or your back would be strained, but you got the idea. I wish I'd bought that 10 years ago, but they just invented it a few months ago.

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Samantha - posted on 11/19/2009

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unfortunately it is a problem we all have! i was huge with my son and spent most of my pregnancy tossing and turning. I only survived by putting a pillow under my belly and one between my knees and even then i still didnt manage a complete night of sleep. Its hard and very frustrating but i promise it will be worth it in the end! Rest as much as you can in the day huni xxx

Jamie - posted on 11/18/2009

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when i could no longer take sleeping on only my sides, i stacked up a whole bunch of pillows to make a volcano kind of shape that my tummy could fit in...it was a little awkard at first but after i got comfortable it was great! lol

Nikkita - posted on 11/09/2009

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Quoting Nikkita:

I'm 6 months, and I sleep with SIX pillows. It's something about my left side that my daughter doesn't like. I slept on it before she started operating my life, but now it's not so comfortable. Most times I'm on my right side. I'm single and have a queen size bed to myself, so it's easier to sperad my pillows to where I want them. Here's my pillow line up:
2 across the top of the bed; one on each side
1 under both of my knees/calfs
1 next to it (for when I flip over or move)
1 between my legs (between my thigh & knee)
1 in my arms
1 tucked slightly under my back to keep me off of my back
That's how I sleep until my daughter decides that she wants to lie in my side, on the bed, and play. Other than that (and hot flashes), I sleep fine. I hope you find something that works out for you.


I realized that I'd said I sleep with six pillows, but put places for seven.  I can count, I promise.
 I do sleep with six. The one that I put on the other side up at the top of my bed also goes under my back to keep me from being flat on it. Then when I flip over, it's back up at the top.

Samantha - posted on 11/08/2009

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I/m a tummy sleeper normally so it sucked. I found if I laid on my left side with pillows stuffed against me then I could lean on them without much pressure and it gave me the sensation that I was still on my stomach without hurting the baby. Try a pillow between your legs too! Best of Luck to you.

Kellie - posted on 11/08/2009

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Buy a nice body pillow to cuddle with or try sleeping in a recliner. That's how I made it through the last couple months of my pregnancy.

Nikkita - posted on 11/07/2009

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I'm 6 months, and I sleep with SIX pillows. It's something about my left side that my daughter doesn't like. I slept on it before she started operating my life, but now it's not so comfortable. Most times I'm on my right side. I'm single and have a queen size bed to myself, so it's easier to sperad my pillows to where I want them. Here's my pillow line up:

2 across the top of the bed; one on each side

1 under both of my knees/calfs

1 next to it (for when I flip over or move)

1 between my legs (between my thigh & knee)

1 in my arms

1 tucked slightly under my back to keep me off of my back

That's how I sleep until my daughter decides that she wants to lie in my side, on the bed, and play. Other than that (and hot flashes), I sleep fine. I hope you find something that works out for you.

Crystal - posted on 11/07/2009

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Left side and body pillow all the way! I don't know what I would have done without that pillow. Tucked between the legs and under the left side of belly for support...however towards the end of pregnancy, like 8 months or so, I slept sitting up in the corner of the couch. Sounds strange, but it worked. You'll find what works best for you! Good luck and congrats:)

Migdalia - posted on 11/07/2009

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Left side pillow inbetween your legs even one under your left knee then one inbetween legs feels good.one on your back oh about this time I usually pass on the cuddling lol it's like get away you did this to me just kidding!

Holly - posted on 11/07/2009

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well... sleeping on you left side is what you are told to do because it takes the pressure off of any arteries. I on the other hand slept on my right side, as well as I found waking up on my back at times. Honestly, its whatever makes you comfortable.. Try Pillows between the knees and under the tummy. I understand where you are coming from it can be quite difficult to sleep. Just try a few things eventually you will find some comforting ways to sleep.

Karen - posted on 11/07/2009

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Walmart has a great wedge pillow that really helped me, It has one part for under the belly and another part that sits at your back, this really helped both myself and my cousin

Gina - posted on 11/07/2009

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when i was pregnant with my son the only way i was comforatable was either haveing a pillow under my stomach on my side or sleeping sitting up i think i spent most of my time sleeping in the reclineing sofa chair lol

Mattee - posted on 11/07/2009

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You need a SNOOGLE! I don't think I could have survived without mine you can get them from babies r us... and my doctor ok'd it but sometimes I take tylenol pm.

Dominic - posted on 11/07/2009

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get 4 pillows stack 2 space them out bout 6 inches away from each other and put ur stomach rite in the middle try it that worked 4 me

Tiffany - posted on 11/07/2009

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like everyone else. pillows are your friend. i couldn't just sleep on one side all night cuz my hips hurt so freakin' bad. so i got a pillow thats soft.. and i pretty much just hugged it all night. flipped over with it everytime. and sometimes i tried to keep a pillow between my legs since my hips were hurting. they have these body pillows for pregnancy at like babies r us, or i don't know if theres a burlington coat factory where you are.. but baby supply places usually have them. its shaped for the curves of your body and also curves to go in between your legs. but its like almost 50 bucks and you don't really have thattt much longer.. so id really just buy a few small pillows to place where ever

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If u like to sleep on yoyr side,put a pillow between your legs and one under your tummy...I found it the most comfortable.

Mercy - posted on 11/07/2009

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Of course as many have said use lots of pillows. The other trick is to sleep in a bed by yourself sometimes. My husband didn't love the idea but he realized that I became a much happier person when I got enough sleep, and let's face it we are two people when we're pregnant and we need more space to be comfy while trying to sleep. sometimes sleeping on the couch did the trick too! Try anything!

Lauren - posted on 11/06/2009

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I have 3 Kids and I got a body pillow and slept on my side with the pillow long ways between my legs and under the big belly.. it helps with some of the pressure and discomfort. Dont worry when the baby is born you will get periods of time where u will sleep , but it will probably be minimal.. try not to over obsess. it will all come naturally to u. sleep when the baby sleeps.. split ur time equally.. sleep for as long as u can. I got lucky with all 3 of min.. they slept thu the night by the time they were 3-4 weeks old.. make sure u get a pattern going asap. and good luck.. enjoy!

Jaclin D. - posted on 11/06/2009

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Two words: BODY PILLOW! I couldn't sleep without it. Still use one to this day.

Michelle - posted on 11/06/2009

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if ur like me than u wont like sleepin on ur side, i love sleepin on my belly but cos of my big bump im findin it really hard, but i normally put a pillow under my belly which helps lift ur bum up, its works for me anyway, lol.xx

Sandra - posted on 11/06/2009

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get a regular pillow and place it in between you legs and lay on your right side then pill you tummy over the pillow. That helped me alot just let you tummy rest on the pillow it should level your tummy with your shoulder. Hope it helps

SHERILL-ANN - posted on 11/06/2009

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Sleeping on your left side with pillows betwen your legs works fabulous!!!

Diana - posted on 11/06/2009

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U have to go out and buy a nice fluffy body pillow, and place it between ur legs, i know it sounds crazy, but trust me its going to feel great. Other than that i'm sorry, but its going to be a while before u get that good sleep, good luck!

Amber - posted on 11/06/2009

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I used a body pillow and slept on my side, very comfy too. still sorta sleep that way even after he's here.

Rebecca - posted on 11/06/2009

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well me at almost 9 mths i sleep on my side eiter one i can get comfy on and i tuck a pillow under the side of my bell so it dose not feel like my bell is hanging down trying to la on the mattress. other than that i sleep mostly on the couch on my back with lots of pillows.

Josee - posted on 11/06/2009

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Either on your left side with a body pillow under your belly and between your knees. If found that it supported some of the weight. At the end of my pregnancies, I had to sleep in a lazy boy recliner as I couldn't get myself comfortable laying down. Either way, sleep is not easy in the end but I think it's nature's way of getting us ready for many sleepless nights with the baby :)

Tarah - posted on 11/05/2009

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Well i was really tiny when i got pregnant and i GOT HUGE a big tummy when i was 7 months i couldnt sleep at all so i put a pillow between my lets put my legs on top of my blanket and slept there were times i snuggled up with my hubby and i slept as close to him as i could and rested my belly on his back i know it sounds funny but i releved ALOT OF PRESSURE!!! Yess you will need sleep or you could get lucky like i did and your baby will sleep through the night at day one.. Cross you fingers and good luck hun

Amy - posted on 11/05/2009

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The only way I could sleep was in a half and half position. Half on left side half on tummy. Used pillows to keep me in that position. I think I had about 8 pillows in all. My doctor told me that it did not matter in what position I slept in as long as I was comfortable.

Rikki-lee - posted on 11/05/2009

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body pillow couldnt live with out it hubby wasnt happy but lol pillow got more cuddles then he did

Christina - posted on 11/05/2009

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i find the easiest way is on my side mith a big pillow in between my legs.

Sasha - posted on 11/05/2009

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yeah on the left side.. it'll help heart burn too but sleep is funny for real say bye bye to that...

Jes - posted on 11/05/2009

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I used a body pillow that I picked up at Motherhood Maternity, it was in a weird cresent moon shape, and laid on my left side. Honestly at this stage sleep is sometimes hard to come by. Also a back rub right before bed never hurts :) Hope this helped.

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i bought an s shaped pillow from babies r us.. lil pricey but totally worth it.. i would lay on my side with my head on one end of the pillow and tne middle would go bt knees or under my tummy to support it.. i would also use another pillow to give more support under tummy..and get ur hubby to rub your back to go to sleep!!

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2009

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i think it's important to be comfy. when I was pregnant I used a body pillow.

Marcia - posted on 11/05/2009

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Sleep on your left side, the flow is alot better that way and reduces u getting fluid built up. Also if your (baby hole) has discomfort put a pillow between you legs. Good Luck.

Jen - posted on 11/05/2009

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I know how you feel!! when I was pregnant i found that a recliner was the best way to get some sleep. So if you have access to one maybe that will help

Katie - posted on 11/05/2009

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try sleeping on ur side with a pillow between ur legs. thats how i slept all the way thru my pregnancy and its very compfy after you get use to it

Megan - posted on 11/05/2009

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sleep on your left side and a fat pillow between you legs (it helps with your low back) and her drinking some warm herbal tea before you go to bed.

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2009

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LOL its you bodys way of telling you,you will never sleep agian..Try a body pillow and get a preggo massage...If you can sleep on your left side..ask your dr.about sleepy time teas.

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