September 29, 2008 at 11:35 am (Baby Stuff) (, , )

For about a month now, I’ve been making a pointed effort to sleep on my side as opposed to my back. My husband woke me up one night to tell me roll onto my side; usually, I wake up on my back. It’s difficult for me, so far — which is funny, since I fall asleep more easily when lying on my side and even have a big, firm, fluffy pillow designed since side-sleepers.

But it might just get easier, because I learned exactly why I need to avoid sleeping on my back.

I dreamt that I walked down a street in Connecticut — the street my paternal grandmother used to live on. It was fall, and the trees were just starting to turn. I held my daughter’s hand (she looked exactly like me when I was a kid), but I was in a lot of pain. A bandage was wrapped around my mid-section, stained with blood on the right side, and I could feel a sharp, stabbing ache in my back. Still, she was holding my hand, so happy to be with me, and there was no way I was going to let something as pansy as a little bit of pain interrupt my time with my girl.

Still, it hurt; we were going into a building, and I barely managed to make it through the doorway because my steps were slowing as the pain grew. Finally, I woke up…

… from sleeping on my back.

You know how sometimes you sleep on your arm funny, and it cramps up? I guess that is what happened to me — I slept on my back, my uterus crushed some vein, and my back cramped up. You know, exactly what the books warn you will happen. Of course, they’re all followed by dire warnings about how you can cause brain damage to your child because their blood supply is cut off, and so I laid there (on my side), paranoid to the point of tears, until I felt her move. Phew.

I need one of those cool little wedgie pillows to keep myself propped up on my side!

PS: Holy geez, September is almost over already…



  1. Gala said,

    Thank God I never heard about the cutting off of the supply of blood and all that! Holy cow, don’t make yourself nuts honey. Tell hubby he has to spoon you all night long, so you don’t sleep on your back! But…that is probably what got you into this situation to begin with! 🙂

  2. Cristin said,

    The body pillows are amazin!! You need one. You’ll get to the point when you can’t even breathe if you try to lay on your back… something to look forward to…;)

  3. fyreflixie said,

    @Mom – I don’t really go nuts about a lot, I think, it’s just I was in sooo much pain that it scared me, and made me scared for my girl. About spooning — fortunately I can’t get re-pregnant!

    @Cristin – I was looking at body pillows the other day but I didn’t like any of the pillowcases they had for them at this store… hahaha. But then I was unpacking a box in the baby’s room and found a body pillowcase that was apparently included with the sheets we bought recently, so now I am DEFINITELY all over getting a pillow next time we head out.

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