Baby Pancake

One of the thing I’ve completely failed at during this pregnancy is sleeping on my left side. I wake up every morning flat on my back, terrified I have given my baby brain damage or cut off circulation to a limb or two. But the only other comfortable position is to sort of lie on my stomach, which somehow seems much worse. I don’t want to give birth to a Flat Stanley because I was too lazy to buy a body pillow to prop my stomach up. Plus when I lie on my stomach the baby gets all pissed off and rolls around kicking and wiggling to make me move. Sometimes I lie on him on purpose, just to make sure he’s still paying attention.

I actually looked it up this morning – to make sure I wasn’t REALLY squashing my baby – and the answer was “Sleep however the heck you want”. Not even a word about the super-dangerous back sleeping.

Bonus baby info: The baby doesn’t really kick the way you imagine kicking. Other people described it like having butterflies in your stomach, but I waited and waited for butterflies and didn’t get any. When my baby moves, it feels like missing a step on the stairs or going over a hill on a roller coaster. The big movements take me by surprise every time.

4 Responses to “Baby Pancake”

  1. Natalie says:

    Yes! I felt like I was missing something when I was pregnant and I didn’t feel the “butterflies” that everyone kept telling me about. You’re the only other person I know (aside from me) who said it felt like a roller coaster. Thank you for making me feel like I’m not so crazy for saying that. haha

    Good luck with everything, it’s a fun ride!

  2. h_a_l says:

    Wow I’m not even showing yet and I can’t sleep on my side (which used to be the preferred position). Its back or insomnia for me. Also, sleeping on my stomach hurts my boobs. I was just telling my husband about the need for a body pillow last night, except I called it a pregnancy pillow :)

  3. stacyinbean says:

    I swear I feel like a weirdo for knowing about all this stuff, but this is what my mom had when she was preggo with my sister, it’s pretty cheap too…

    She was a tummy sleeper and this made it easier to transition to, and stay, sleeping on her side.

  4. stacyinbean says:

    Also, this missing a step or roller coaster thing scares me! I HATE those feelings! There was a street in Michigan my grandmother used to take me on when I was wee because there was one hill (she called it ‘Tickle Belly Hill’) that made your tummy feel like that every time you went over it!

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