Thanks to the lovely ladies over at The Bump, I recently purchased the Snoogle body pillow. This pillow has been a HUGE help during the night. The product description doesn't do this pillow justice:
"The patented Snoogle by Leachco is a full-body solution for expectant moms that replaces the arsenal of pillows you otherwise have to use to get comfy. The Snoogle supports your back to prevent sciatica and lower back pain, tucks between your knees for help with back pain and temperature control, cradles your tummy, and props up your head to aid in breathing and help prevent heartburn and other pregnancy pitfalls."
I definitely went from sleeping with five pillows down to one. It was especially instrumental with easing some of my back pain- so when I wake up I'm not in pain, however in still returns during the day. The only downfall is that my husband thinks he's been replaced. He's resolved to "fighting this pillow in the streets" once the baby is born. It's true. I can't cuddle with him at night anymore because the pillow gets in the way. Just look:
It's as HUGE as it looks. The four of us all fit in our queen size bed together- hubby, me, baby, and pillow- but sometimes it can get a little tight during the night when every "gets comfortable". You know how when you fall into a deep sleep and your husband ends up with a knee in his back or an elbow in his neck... But it's working for me so it's staying. My next goal is pelvic exercises to strengthen my back muscles and relieve the pain. The problem is actually doing them, because I'd rather just lounge on the couch.
Over the weekend, my cousin made apple cobbler so tonight you'll find me on the couch with a bowl of apple cobbler and cool whip (after my pelvic exercises of course!)