1. Grace says January 24, 2013

    Hi Mama R, I had terrible headaches during my pregnancy too. Tylenol never really helped. I found what helped was drinking a little caffeine. I tried to limit it to one soda or tea a day (something a little less potent than coffee) and it really helped. As far as sleeping – try to pile up pillow around you to make you comfortable and you are right – it is only getting to get tougher to get more comfortable! I hope the rest of your pregnancy is smooth!

    1. Mary Jane Melgaard says January 24, 2013

      Hi mama R,

      I had headaches around 24 weeks as well, but they went away as you approach your 3rd trimester (my doc told me that too). So hopefully that will be the case for you! As for sleeping, a body pillow (doesn’t have to be the fancy wrap around your head kind) does help. I switch positions in the night so I thought it would annoy me, but that wasn’t the case – it really helped with sleeping through the night. And I have major back issues and also sit at my desk all day, which doesn’t help. What has helped me relieve the pain is doing 30 minutes of stretching (I do tracy anderson pregnancy project while I watch TV) and it’s a life saver. I also treat myself to monthly massages and if the pain is really bad – I lay on my back on the floor with a pillow under my head and legs propped up on an ottoman at 90 degrees for as long as I can. (Sometimes the baby makes it hard to breathe on my back, so I take small breaks.) But this position relieves the weight from your back. My doc suggested a wet, hot compress too – which I haven’t tried yet.

      Good luck with your final stretch of pregnancy!
      P.S. I’m a baby wise fan too, but have heard “Healthy sleep habits, happy child” by Weissbluth is great too!

  2. Melinda says January 24, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading The Happiest Baby on the Block. It was a little hard to get into at first but once I got started I thought it was a great read. It gave me a certain confidence that I would know how to soothe my little on when they arrived! I would also suggest looking into a CPR class. Hopefully you will never have to use it but knowing what to do in a crisis situation allows you to react more calmly than not knowing what to do!

  3. Erin says January 24, 2013

    I had terrible hip/back pain this last time, and the one thing that saved me was a chiropractor! Made such a huge difference in my back & hips!
    I second the caffiene for the headaches. One soda/tea a day isn’t going to hurt you, but hopefully will help with your headaches. You could even take some tylenol along with your caffiene…the caffiene actually helps the medicine get into your system faster! 😉
    Hang in there, you’ll be holding that precious babe before you know it!

  4. Wendy @ New Moms Talk says January 24, 2013

    Mama R,

    Congratulations to you!

    I found sleeping with a micro fleece blanket folded just-so
    (different each night usually) really helped me to be more comfortable. It could be higher in some spots and lower in others, shifting with my changing body and its needs.

    Another little thing that helped was having a clear path to the bathroom from the bed and all of the essentials organized on the nightstand next to me. The peace of mind knowing where what I absolutely needed was where my fingers (and brain) could find them, and that I could make it to the
    bathroom without having to think was huge!

    I would recommend *the milk memos* and you can find a review of it here- .. It’s a great read for anyone- not even Moms! My husband has found it beneficial and funny!

    Best of Luck to you!

  5. Alexis L says January 24, 2013

    I had great success with acupuncture during my pregnancy for headaches, swelling, you name it! I also saw a chiropractor for hip pain. (The chiropractor was hugely helpful after delivery too.)

    For sleeping, I recommend one of these pillows depending on whether you are a back or side sleeper.

    Good luck and congratulations!

  6. Joanna says January 24, 2013

    I highly highly highly recommend getting the DVD for Happiest Baby on the Block, as opposed to reading the book. It will help you so much!! And it’s only about 30 minutes long.

    Also-this pilow was a lifesaver for any and all aches and pains. I slept soundly right until 40 weeks and baby’s arrival:

    It will all go by so fast and all of this will soon be a memory, so soak it all in now 🙂 GL!!

  7. ashley says January 24, 2013

    I had terrible migraines during pregnancy, and what helped me was eating extra protein. I kept a bag of almonds at my desk at work, and tried to eat extra protein at meals (my OB suggested this), and this really helped prevent or reduce the severity of my migraines. For sleeping, I had one of those foam tempurpedic pillows that was great for my neck/head, and then i had a couple of squishy pillows that I put between my knees, under my belly, which really helped.

    Another vote for Happiest Baby on the Block!

  8. Leigh says January 24, 2013

    I had the Boppy wedge pillow ( that worked great for me! I would “wedge” it where ever I needed it: under my bump when laying on my side (helped tremendously!) or between my knees. I liked that it wasn’t too bulky. I think I would have been too hot with one of the full body pillows.

    For headaches, I agree with previous comments that an occasional coke would help!

    My recommendation as far as getting prepared is if your plan on breastfeeding, attend a breastfeeding class and read up on it! It was one of the hardest things I ever did (labor was a breeze compared to breastfeeding for me!) and I wasn’t prepared for any of it. I thought it just happened “naturally.” I wish I would have learned more in advance so I would know what to expect.

  9. Lanier says January 24, 2013

    Prenatal yoga was great for back pains – and shoulder pain and swollen ankles for me. As far as books go, Baby 411 is great one. I didn’t read it before baby arrived, but since you have the time now, it couldn’t hurt!

    I agree with Leigh about the breastfeeding class. It was much harder than I expected in the beginning.

  10. Erin M. says January 24, 2013

    I have been getting headaches as well. I found that all natural peppermint oil really works. You just rub some on your temples. I also found that my headaches were sinus related, so the netti pot and a vaporizer also helped.

    I recommend the snoogle for a pregancy pillow!

  11. Marthalynn says January 24, 2013

    Congratulations! A first pregnancy is so exciting!! I’m pregnant with my second right now and my symptoms this time are entirely different from the first.

    Headaches – I had terrible migraines this time!! Awful. I mean, Tylenol plus a strong cup if coffee didn’t even put a dent in it. They started when I entered the second trimester and just wouldn’t let up! I tried everything – diet changes, extra water, sleeping in – nothing seemed to help. My husband was having to stay home from work because I was so debilitated by them, and I’m normally a pretty tough cookie. What worked for me? Acupuncture. I’d never tried it before and was a bit skeptical but I saw it as a last resort before prescription drugs. It worked amazingly well!! Within a few hours I was headache free. I continued going on a weekly basis for 2 more visits just to be sure. I’ve not had another one since. My OB was so happy that I’d thought to do this and has since started recommending to other patients.

    Sleeping – I have used the Boppy pregnancy pillow for both pregnancies and it has been great!

    Good luck! I hope all these tips help you find some relief 🙂

  12. Mama R says January 24, 2013

    Oh my gosh – I am so grateful to you all. I feel like I am going to cry (I blame the pregnancy hormones!) It means so much to me that you took time out of your day to respond and help me out. I have taken all your advice to heart and really can’t thank you enough. I owe you all one! Thanks again!!

  13. pjh says February 20, 2013

    Congratulations! Its a very exciting time for you!

    I suffered awful migraines before getting pregnant, and have found that Tylenol tension formula helps more than anything else. The basic formula of it is Tylenol+caffeine, but with the tablets you can regulate the amount of caffeine you’re taking. Each tablet has only 65 mg of caffeine, which may be less than what is in either tea/coffee/soda. Usually one ex strength regular Tylenol and one tension Tylenol kicks my headaches. I also recommend acupuncture, it will help with the migraines, but also the muscle pain & tension, ligament aches, and pretty much all the ‘pregnancy aches and pains’.

    I HIGHLY recommend the ‘snoggle’ body pillow to help with backaches while sleeping. Its specially shaped for pregnant women – my sister in law gave it to me for Christmas. I have a bulging disk and holy cow does it relieve the back and leg pain I used to get in the morning after sleeping in a funky position. it also helps with keeping me from rolling onto my back in my sleep. I recently saw them in buybuybaby stores, and on amazon.

  14. Katrina P says March 7, 2013

    I couldn’t sleep throughout my WHOLE pregnancy, but this pillow: made it about a million times better. It goes on both sides of you, so it supports your back and you don’t have to take the pillow with you when you flip over.

    I cut up an old pillow case so that it was open at both ends and slipped that onto the pillow, because the pillow case it comes with is a PAIN to get on & off – all I had to do was wash the little pillow case!


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