Hip pain from side sleeping

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Hip pain from side sleeping

I'm getting a lot of pain in my hips from sleeping on my side. I sleep with a pillow between my legs and rotate sides during the night but my hips are still throbbing by the morning and ache through most of the day. My chiropractor even said that my left hip looked like it was rotating inward before he adjusted it at my last appt. I'm pretty sure changing mattresses won't help because I had the same issue when I was on a roadtrip a week ago and sleeping in a different hotel every night. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make side sleeping easier? I'm starting to dread going to bed at night.

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I get the same thing, kind of. I'll get this pain in my hip that can make it hard to walk the next day.

Do you do a lot of movement or exercise during the day? This could be something that affects it. If you're overworking or even underworking the hip muscles/ligaments, putting all the pressure overnight can make things worse.

I find a pillow between my legs and under my tummy and then another at my back helps to give me the kind of support I need and helps me to avoid the way I naturally want to fall in my bed. I actually had the same issues when I was running marathons because I got an injury in my hips and it was PAINFUL every morning.

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Maybe you have a mild case of SPD? That would explain why they're rotating.

That's a great idea with the pillows, Christina; I keep ending up on my back. I've tried the pillow between my legs trick, and find it on the floor every morning when I wake up...on my back. I'm going to look into a maternity pillow today, though I'm not really certain how to mould it to make it keep me on my side.

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I tried a regular pillow last pregnancy because I though it would do the same as the expensive pregnancy pillows but then I bought the snoogle (I think that's the name???) and it was so much better. I can wrap it around my back, between my legs, and then up under my belly for support and then my head rests at the top. I would highly recommend a nice pg pillow if you are just using a regular one.

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That sounds fabulous! Where can you buy a snoogle?

I really hope you can find a solution, Christina; that sounds really painful.

Joined: 06/04/11
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I have bad hip pain when I sleep too- I bought a snoogle pillow a few weeks back and i love it- I still have to rotate side to side when I sleep but love the pillow!

I bought mine at toys/babies r us- it was worth the $70 for sure. I found it much cheaper in the states but the shipping to canada was crazy.

I also went for a pregnancy massage last friday- I told her my hips and my back were the worst spots- it was awesome. My hips felt great after only my back was a bit sore after but well worth it- and my work benefits plan covers 80% of it so my share was only $11. worth every penny!

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"turtnjay" wrote:

Do you do a lot of movement or exercise during the day? This could be something that affects it. If you're overworking or even underworking the hip muscles/ligaments, putting all the pressure overnight can make things worse.

I do a lot of lifting as part of my job. I'm trying to be careful and get help for the really heavy or impaired patients but sometimes it's hard to plan ahead and I just end up trying to do it myself. I'm sure that's been putting added stress on my already loosened pregnancy joints.

Since a couple of you recommend the snoodle I'll have to look into that, otherwise I may end up sleeping with ten pillows before this pregnancy is done...too bad I have to share my bed w/ DH Smile I don't have too much to complain about with this pregnancy so far but getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night is starting to wear me out...and my understanding is it only gets worse as we head into our third trimester and beyond :eek: