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In the last few weeks of gestation, most moms will tell you nothing is comfortable – nothing. It has gotten to the point where clothing is even uncomfortable; I frequently roll my shirts up past my belly and let it all hang out.
Not only are we third-trimester moms uncomfortable during the day our pregnancy pains follow us right to bed. Lying in bed can prove to be just as painful as standing or sitting upright. Resting on your back makes it impossible to breathe, while sleeping on your side makes your hips feel like they are going to tear in two.
So, the only solution is to spend the whole night rolling from one position to another and hopefully getting a few winks in between moments of agony. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. For anyone who has ever been there, they will tell you one does not merely roll over while largely pregnant.
And for those looking forward to this stage – or those experiencing it and in need of comedic relief – I have put together a few photos to illustrate a step-by-step guide provided by a very insightful mom-to-be on our site Community.
Here is our collaboration:
1. Notice that you are feeling uncomfortable in your back, shoulders, neck, hips, legs, knees, etc.
2. Ignore for six minutes or until all you can think about is the pain.
3. Push blanket down so it isn't thrown off the bed by your belly.
4. Heave yourself up on to your elbows.
5. Bring your heels up and dig them into the mattress.
6. In one swift movement, heave your belly over to the other side.
7. Spend the next four minutes adjusting pillows, blankets, something to tuck under your belly, something to tuck between your knees.
8. Notice that you are feeling uncomfortable in your back, shoulders, neck, hips, legs, knees, etc.
This post was originally published in December, 2015
Photo credit: Whitney Barthel, iStock
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