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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 03:59 AM   1
AngelUK
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Hip pain keeps me from sleeping, in spite of pillow!


Hi all,

I know most pregnant ladies experience this but I am sooo exhausted! I cannot remember a good nights sleep cause I am in such pain! I have a dreamgenii pregnancy pillow and some smaller ones for when I lie on my other side. But it doesn't seem to help any more! I have been googling the pain a little and found that some sites say you should elevate the whole leg, which my pillow doesn't. Is there anyone here who switched to a full body support pillow and felt better for it? Or do you have any other advice on what I could do to alleviate the pain?
Honestly I feel like crying, I am so exhausted and I should be cleaning and preparing for my boys. But I have no energy at all

Edit: am reluctant to just go ahead and buy a full body pillow cause they are really expensive!



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 04:30 AM   2
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I was told by a yoga teacher to sleep with the pillow under your upper leg, imagine being in the recovery position? So not to put the pillow between your legs as this twists the hips. I raise my whole leg, so the pillow kind of goes under my knee, thigh and ankle so my hips are as parallel as they can be.
I have a full length pillow but not sure i'm elevating my leg quite enough, and i think i move off the pillow in the night. I'm sure you can achieve the same with putting a number of pillows in the right places. I can get 2-3 hours sleep on each side before it hurts, then I have to turn over. I'd love a full night's sleep again, just once before the baby appears would be amazing!



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 04:39 AM   3
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I have a full body pillow and sleep with it between my legs but still get hip pain and have to rotate sides about 6-7 times a night! Plus up for a wee 3+ times a night so I'm not sleeping well even with a full body pillow. I know how painful the hips are though it's horrible.. Not long now then we can at least be comfortable when in bed even if we still get less sleep as tending to LO lol! xx



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 06:56 AM   4
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my cheapie pillow has since become flat but would the V pillow from argos help? i have a teensie bit under my bump then the most of it following my leg line in the beginning it helped alot,i just cba now because if it isnt my hips keeping me up its evil heaetburn and the rest of the crap but its only 8 quid xxxx



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 07:04 AM   5
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I have SPD (which is hip pain) and I just abandoned all of my pillows apart from one for my head and i've slept a lot better. I found I was waking up because the pillows had moved. I'm not saying it will work for everyone but it did for me. x



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 07:57 AM   6
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I've tried with and without pillows and my hips still hurt like an arthritic 90 year old, so I don't know what to do either! But, I have the full body pillow and it helps that it is easier to keep in place and it is easier to take with you when you have to swap sides. I lie on my back for a few minutes in between rolls to give my hips a break because I'm awake anyway.
I thought SPD was a pelvic thing?



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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 08:01 AM   7
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Hi all,

I know most pregnant ladies experience this but I am sooo exhausted! I cannot remember a good nights sleep cause I am in such pain! I have a dreamgenii pregnancy pillow and some smaller ones for when I lie on my other side. But it doesn't seem to help any more! I have been googling the pain a little and found that some sites say you should elevate the whole leg, which my pillow doesn't. Is there anyone here who switched to a full body support pillow and felt better for it? Or do you have any other advice on what I could do to alleviate the pain?
Honestly I feel like crying, I am so exhausted and I should be cleaning and preparing for my boys. But I have no energy at all

Edit: am reluctant to just go ahead and buy a full body pillow cause they are really expensive!
I've got the same problem and the same pillow. You should be able to elevate the whole leg with the pillow though, instead of putting it between your legs, like put your leg on top of it guide the pillow to go the same way as your leg if that makes sense, then your whole leg is elevated with the long bit of the pillow. It does help definately but then I have to roll over and do the other leg because both my hips get painful when lying. But I also sometimes put a soft flat-ish pillow under my other hip (the one lying on the bed) to help with that side and then I dont have to change positions as much. Hope this helps. I think we'd have the same problem if we had full body pillows.



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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 08:08 AM   8
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I have a body pillow and I'm at the point where it doesn't seem to help anymore either. The only way my hips stop screaming at me is to try and lie half on my tummy which isnt very comfortable either. I've tried just a single pillow tucked from mid thigh down to the ankle and that last about 2 nights lol At my doc's suggestion I tried the heating pad underneath a hip and it felt nice for a bit but then that didn't work either soooooo I've given up and just take 2 tylenol at night before bed and hope that sometime between the insomnia and heartburn and pain I get some zzz's in lol
Soon enough it will be gone..lets just hope delivery is the trick



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 10:01 AM   9
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Thank you for your replies ladies.
I got ca 2 hours sleep this afternoon and I feel much better now. It seems to help when I am in bed on my own so that I at least don't feel guilty for loudly tossing and turning and moaning lol. When I woke up I was half on my back, with my back and bottom propped against the prego pillow and it felt wonderfully comfy. I did take a paracetamol before hand though so that might have helped. I am sure I must have snored really badly though cause my mouth was wide open and really dry. What a pretty picture LOL Glad OH is at work cause that also meant I was able to steal his pillow and prop up my left arm which seems to fall asleep all the time and make my carpal tunnel worse. Do you know, I had NO idea how painful and uncomfy pregnancy really was. No one ever told me that! Hope you all manage some good sleep soon. xxx



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2012, 10:06 AM   10
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I am so sorry you are in pain. I have a full body support pillow and it does not help much. My hip and sciatic pain keeps me from sleeping well every night too. I have had this hip pain in all of my pregnancies and it sucks. I take tylenol when the pain gets really bad, but it only helps a bit. I find sitting on my exercise ball helps loosen up my hips a bit. Also, taking a warm bath before bed helps relax me a bit. Sorry i could not offer much helpL Take care. xx



 
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