My baby bump is getting bigger by the day and its making it a little harder to do simple things like get out of the bed or tie my shoes. But the biggest problem I’m having is sleeping at night. You are supposed to sleep on your side because…well, I don’t really know why. I mean, its obvious why I can’t sleep on my stomach since I’m pretty sure that would anger my tenant. But I’m not sure why I can’t sleep on my back – something about blood flow I think? So that leaves sleeping on my sides. Not a fan.
I asked my doctor what I could do about my back at night and she said simply, “Just use more pillows.” Great solution, right?
I go home that night and find as many extra pillows around my house as I can and I pile them onto my bed. And then I stand there. I don’t know what to DO with the pillows. I try laying down and putting them along my back, since that’s where the pain is. But that doesn’t really do anything. It just feels like someone’s laying back there. Its kind of cozy, but it doesn’t make my back feel any better.
I get out of bed.
This time I arrange the pillows in a straight line. Maybe I’m supposed to lay on top of them? So, I climb on top of them all and try to lay down, but the pile is so big that I just sort of roll off to one side.
I get out of bed again.
Scratching my head, I stare at the pile of pillows trying to figure out what the hell “use more pillows” means. How many ways are there to use a pillow????
This time, I put one between my legs (which actually helps a little bit) and shove one under my belly to keep me from rolling over (that helps a little bit, too) and then I start shoving pillows under me randomly, like wedges. Maybe they are supposed to prop me up in bed? Nope. My body is now lumpy. And uneven. And while my back doesn’t hurt quite as much, my neck is already sore.
I get out of bed again.
I head to my computer. I haven’t had a problem yet that Google can’t solve. I google everything – “pregnancy backaches” “backaches” “sore muscles during pregnancy” “no sleep pregnancy” – and I keep getting the same response. Use more pillows.
WHAT THE CRAP?!?!?! USE THEM HOW?!?!?! USE THEM FOR WHAT!?!!?
Finally, I go back up to my bed and crawl in next to my pile o’ pillows and lay the most natural way possible. With one still between my legs and one under my big bump, I just curl the rest of my body around an extra pillow. I’m the big spoon. And you know what? It worked! Curling up around that pillow put some give in my back and kept me from laying there board straight. It instantly took the pressure off.
It was a medical miracle.
So, if you’re preggo out there and you are slow in the brain like me and your back is hurting you and someone says to you, “Just use more pillows,” first I want you to pinch them. Hard. Then, just cuddle right up to an extra pillow. Your back will thank you.