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I've gone through a lot of training since I first put that together. I have had my paradigms massaged and squeezed and opened up. And I have a lot I want to add to the bigger picture.
In sleeping while pregnant, I offered some sleeping positions that are particularly helpful to women experiencing a lot of pain while sleeping on their sides. The solution: strategic pillowing! Strategic pillowing can be very helpful "propping" of the body to get you out of acute discomfort. But it doesn't necessarily change the bigger picture.
Use your pain at night to give you information about how your body is doing all day long.
For sure, many of us are sleeping in new positions when we are pregnant. A lot of women never slept on their sides until pregnancy, and now suddenly that is seemingly the only option. The body has not fully adapted to that position.
You spend up to 1/3 of your day resting in bed (hopefully!!)
The loads we experience standing, walking, and sitting through our day are different then when we are reclined horizontally in bed, but they are all loads and all affect our tissues.
We want to be mindful of how the time we spend in bed is loading our tissues. Is it re-enforcing the same restrictions and tensions we create all day sitting in chairs? For example, some of us find it difficult to sleep flat on our back without a pillow under our knees. Without the pillow we get pain in our low back or the back of our pelvis. While the pillow keeps us out of pain, it is also keeps us loading our tissues in the same exact way that we have adapted to -- bent knees, flexed hips -- just like we do sitting all day. Once we are out of acute pain, we can start playing with our pillows a little differently -- instead of reinforcing tightened and shortened muscles by propping them back into that position, we can use pillows (or lack of pillows) to start putting different loads on our tissues and letting the tissues start to move back toward a more functional length. More on your pillow as an orthotic.