Sleep during pregnancy

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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 12:21pm

Anyone have any great advice on tips for sleeping better during pregnancy.  I haven't been sleeping the worst, but I know a lot of pregnant moms have problems sleeping with all the frequent trips to the bathroom and adjusting to a changing body.  What have you tried that worked?  Has anyone tried the body pillows or doing any other tricks that help you get a better night's rest while pregnant?

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Fri, 09-28-2012 - 2:54pm

It's ok to take tylenol PM, just don't take it too often. Now as for the pillows I have found that two pillow between your knees and a pillow under the rib cage seems to work the best for me. The pillow under the ribcage is to help raise your chest a little so the pressure of the uterus is off your diaphragm, and you can actually breath. I really did not have too many problems sleeping until about 30 weeks or so but after that things tend to start getting alot more cramped inside.

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Thu, 09-27-2012 - 9:50pm
I think so. It's just tylenol and benedryl combined.

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Thu, 09-27-2012 - 9:24pm
Is it sage to take Tylenol PM?
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Sun, 08-12-2012 - 1:44pm
I am finally sleeping through the night without having to get up and pee. Happened for me at 17 weeks, so much better!
A friend loaned me her snoogle, so I just bought my own cover for it. Seems a little excessive now, but I'm sure it'll be worth it once I'm bigger! Either way, a pillow between your knees will relieve pressure on your back and hips. I have pain from a car accident many years back, so I have a "leg pillow" even when I'm not pregnant.

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Sat, 08-11-2012 - 7:49pm
I bought a Snoogle fairly early on because of back pain and it was a Godsend! I highly recommend it. When you get further along and your belly gets heavier a small wedge pillow can be helpful for supporting your belly so it does not strain your back so much. Tylenol PM or Benadryl can be helpful on nights when you just cannot get to sleep and its safe! :smileywink:
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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 10:18pm

I  bought a body pillow for $10 at Walmart and it's wonderful! The only bad thing is when I roll over from side to side that I have to roll it with me. Good news is you don't have to get up in the middle of the night to pee 2nd trimester, but from what I hear, it starts up again third trimester. They do make a pregnancy pillow (I can't think of the name, but that have that at Walmart, Taget, Toys R Us, and Babies R Us- I know) that wraps all the way around you and looks so comfy, but it cost about $60. I may invest in it a little later, but I make do with the body pillow for now.

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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 9:54pm

A friend who has two little ones suggested the body pillow or about 20 other pillows. ;-)  She said if you use regular pillows, you'll want 2 between your thighs, one under your stomach, and some propping you up even though you're on your side. 

I haven't had many issues sleeping (yet).  I normally sleep on my side and will usually not wake up until 5ish to use the bathroom.  This might be because I'm having a hard time getting enough liquids in my system, though.  Hope you are able to get some good rest soon! :-)

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