Friday, August 14, 2009

For the Love of a Body Pillow

Yes, pregnancy is a glowing time of beauty and growing life. There are all these fantastic things that are happening that changes your entire life, but there's another side to pregnancy.

The uncomfortable side.

The side that no one tells you about in magazines or in those thousand page what to expect books.

The acne, the bloating, the super-odd cravings, the swelling of body parts and the aches and pains that come with growing a baby.

One of the worst side effects of pregnancy for me is lack of sleep.

Even at three months, I get so uncomfortable in bed that I roll around like a beached whale praying to find one spot that provides relief.

I imagine it's quite a sight to see, me budging inch by inch until I groan with satisfaction that I found it.

And of course, it's best for preggos to sleep on their sides. Something about the baby cutting off an important vein... or something along that lines and while it's not super-important until you resemble a whale, I try not to lay on my back simply because while pregnant I snore (an attractive quality to my mate, I'm sure).

While pregnant with Roo, I was attached to a body pillow whenever in bed. So I broke down and went to purchase one of those hideously huge pillows to wrap my ballooning body around in hopes it would find me some decent sleep.

And boy, has it answered my prayers.

There are actually nights where I get four straight hours of sleep!

It's like a miracle.

I literally just tuck into my body pillow and blissfully drift off to sleep... of course, that is until my bladder starts reminding me I'm pregnant, or Roo loses her binky, taggie blanket or one of the thousand tiny plastic animals she insists on sleeping with.

And while I'm still experiencing all those other fantastic side effects, I'm growing life and thanks to my body pillow, it's not as bad as it could be.

2 comments:

Allyson said...

Ah, yes, the wonderful fabulous awesome body pillow! I remember how awful it was for me to fall asleep. I'm a tummy sleeper, so you can imagine how hard it was for me to sleep on my side. *sigh*

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Brings back such fond memories (Not) Body pains and aches... peeing all the time...Argghhh!! Thankk god for one small thing that can help a little! The body pillow... Luv it!
If only yu could pee into it!