sleeping problems

@nmw2005 (1197)
United States
September 4, 2007 12:23am CST
I am almost 7 1/2 months pregnant and cannot fall asleep due to the fact I cannot find a comfortable position. I wind up being exhaused the next day. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
4 Sep 07
This is one problem I had when I was pregnant with both of my boys. I was told by my doctor that I should lay on my side, but like you I could never get comfortable. Being this far along can suck when trying to sleep. But remember, the baby is almost here and then you'll be too busy to sleep anyway! :P LOL I'm sorry, I couldn't resist saying that. :) Good luck in getting comfy enough to sleep in this last trimester. Take care! :)
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@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I figure that she is just getting me ready for what is yet to come. Although once she is here, my husband will be able to get up with her :)
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
I had the same problem when i was pregnant and i had to buy new pillows to helop me sleep... the best position for me is to prompt my back with lots of pillows so i will be in as semi seated semi lying down position... this worked best for me... try it...
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Thanks I'll have to give that a try.
5 Sep 07
Hello.... I do not have a hard time falling asleep. I have a problem when I wake up. Sometimes I just want to stay in bed for a little while longer, however it is uncomfortable to lay and I get tired of turning over so much trying to get comfortable... I jsut get up.
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Waking up for me is okay, I sem to wake up the same as before I got pregnant. Hope it gets better for you.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
5 Sep 07
I started sleeping in my recliner when I was around 8 months along. I still tried to do it kind of on my left side. It was the only way I could sleep for more than about an hour. Usually I would start out trying to sleep in my bed, and then get up and go sleep in the recliner for a while. It did bother my neck sometimes, but usually I could just massage it a little bit and it would feel better. The only way I could ever get any sleep in my bed was if I used my body pillow and put it between my knees, and then hugged it at the same time, while sleeping on my left side.
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I do alternate from side to side, though whenever I change positions I wake up. I have a pillow that I use, I prop my knee on it. That seems to work for a bit.
• Indonesia
5 Sep 07
Lay at your side is good for your baby, but remember you must face your left side, not your right. I forget what it has to do with... but if I'm not mistaken, it's got something to do with the baby's breathing system. Take a good care of you and your baby's health and be patient always, for you'll surely have the nicest moment in life soon (with a baby in your hand) ;).
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I was told that either side was okay, but I normally end up on my left. I keep thinking it will all be worth it when I get to hold her for the first time. Only a few more months to go.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
5 Sep 07
I found the best position for me was on my back with an extra pillow under my head, i ended up on my side more often than not BUT i did sleep ok! You could try having a nice warm cup of milk or hot chocolate because that always seemed to help me fall asleep. Someone else mentioned that you should enjoy your last trimester & get as much sleep as you can coz you will be too busy to sleep after the baby arrives - that is SO NOT TRUE! I dunno if you have other children BUT you're never busy :) Seriously, the Dr's & Midwives told me some GREAT info - here goes :- do NOT try & get things done when the baby is sleeping, it's best for you to sleep when he/she sleeps, so you aren't exhausted every day, you still need your sleep! You're no good to your baby (& i believe your milk supply can be affected) if you try & do everything every day & don't get any sleep! Good luck & i hope you can get yourself some decent night's sleep coz you still have quite a way left (pregnancy is more like 10 months than 9) :)
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I was told that as well. Get sleep when the baby sleeps. That is advise I am going to use. Laundry/cleaning can always get done on the weekend when my usband if off from work. Of course we are moving when the baby is about 2 months old, so that should be interesting.
@patgalca (14557)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Sep 07
I had such major sleeping problems when I was pregnant that my doctor had to put me on a mild sleeping pill. I was always up in the middle of the night running cold water on my feet. I still have a burning feet problem but I have new ways of dealing with it. I am a stomach sleeper so I KNOW I couldn't handle being pregnant now. I don't remember whether I was a stomach sleeper back when I was pregnant. I do find that lying on my side and hugging a pillow is very comfortable and the pillow between the legs is supposed to be helpful, as well as good for the body. With my first pregnancy my room mate had a waterbed and he would come home in the middle of the night and find me sleeping in his bed because the bed would conform to my body and made it more comfortable. Not too much longer now. Good luck!
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Before I got pregnant I would sleep on my stomach and I have had to change that. At least I only have a few more months to go, of course once she is here I'll be awake for a totally different reason :)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Im having the same problem im 6 months pregnant.. at first my bed was too firn so i switched to a double stuffed air mattress soo comfy for about 3 weeks and then it was too soft so the in went to a firmer one.. again tooo firm so then i went to a futon matreess.. and that was a mistake. i have like 4 pillows all seem to have problems with and a huge comfy body pillow that works to cuddle with but im still up every hour tossing and turning... i am so exhausted! if i find any good ideasa i will surely pass them along
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I do finally fall asleep out of pure exhaustion. Last night I didn't get to sleep until 2 and had to be up early. If I find out any new ideas I'll send them you way.
@ctv101103 (860)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
try sleeping on your side. if you can't seem to get comfortable, try placing pillows between your legs or hug a pillow until you find a comfortable position. i'm 3 months on the way and i already can't seem to sleep well. and that's what i do. goodluck and i hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly.
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Fortunately , up until now I have been able to sleep okay....other than having weird dreams. I have tried usinf another pillow, sometimes it works. Good luck to you too. Hope everything goes smooth for you as well.
• India
28 Dec 07
I surf the net in the morning and stay connected until noontime. This perhaps makes my body become tired or stressed out thus induces me to get to sleep even when I still want to watch TV. I think it's the sound when the volume is turned just right. But if I'm really tired I can fall asleep without the tv on. But either way it has to be quiet or minimal noise in order for me to fall asleep.