Sleep… I’ll Enjoy it While it Lasts

The #1 thing I hear over and over and over and over again from people who have children and know I’m having my first is “Enjoy your sleep now.” Like I posted over a year ago before I was even THINKING about having a baby, was the #1 thing I’ll miss… Sleep.

I love to sleep, I love naps. I HATE waking up early, and I can get pretty emotional when I don’t get enough sleep. I’m not so cranky, but I’m emotional (I’m normally emotional but this magnifies it).

However… I think certain things make loosing sleep worth it: Christmas morning, new puppies, and procrastination on a research paper. When we first got Snoop I’d wake up at every little stir he made, and I was sure to take him out of the bathroom at the slightest appearance he had to go.

This meant getting bundled up in my winter jacket, getting his leash hooked up, and trekking out into the snow while I waited for him to “go potty.” Granted, I know this isn’t as demanding as waking up to a crying baby every few hours, and staying up while she eats and falls back asleep, but it was a little bit of practice.

Pregnancy… Well that’s even more practice. I think you could argue the lack of sleep most women get the months before baby is born are in preparation for what’s ahead. I have to pee at least twice a night, which could be worse.

I use to have soreness in my back when I first started to get bigger, so I decided it was time to try out some different sleeping techniques. Putting a pillow between my knees helped a little. Then one of my friends gave me her pregnancy pillow. It’s shaped kind of like a worm. I liked it but since I’m so tall (about 5′ 11″) I had a hard time keeping it between my knees as well as under my head. I also was missing a nice little wedge for my tummy.
I got a Womb for Two and honestly haven’t looked back. Based on what I’ve researched, it’s the most comprehensive, and best pregnancy pillow out there. No really, my husband has even tried it an he likes to use it when I get up (not that he’s pregnant, he just likes it)!

We have a California King bed in our room, and a Queen bed in the nursery. It takes up about half of the Queen bed but fits AWESOME in the King.
It was developed by Julie, a former prenatal massage therapist. Over 12 years of helping women in her own Pregnancy Massage Center, women would tell her about their sleeping problems, and she’s send them home with tips. One day she had an “a-ha” moment for a design, and the idea was born.

She practiced with clients, then tested it herself during her own pregnancy and tweaked a few final details.
Julie has been married since, 2006 and they had Aviva, their little girl, in 2008. Together they’ve done all kinds of social dancing (contra dance, waltz, tango, swing, etc.) Now their little girl is their favorite preoccupation! They’re also very involved in the life of their synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom.

This mama gave me some great advice to use as I become a mom.

{New Mama Advice}

1. Make sure you have help in the first few weeks, even if you have to hire someone!
2. Give yourself grace as you find your own center as a mom. Read and listen all you can–b/c information is power–and then trust yourself to make the right decisions for your daughter. Adjust as necessary.
3. We found ourselves in the attachment parenting camp in the non-guilt section. Attachment is a priority, and also sometimes you have to take care of yourself first. I recommend that as a happy parenting starting point.

You can learn more about the Womb for Two by checking out their website. You can also follow @Womb4two on Twitter or “Like” Womb for Two on Facebook.

Here’s also a quick video of me showing off how it works. A BIG thank you to my husband for being my videographer. He cracks me up.

The pillows inside can be removed and reused after pregnancy as regular pillows. The case is easily washed, and it’s all made right here in the USA! The only thing I find as a downside is less snuggling with my hubby. He’s not much of a snuggler anyway so he’s probably appreciate the break. The few nights I’ve tried sleeping without support, I’m feeling it the next morning, so I’m picking my battles.
I’ve been so excited to let my pregnant friends know about this pillow, to feature it and to give one away to one of my virtual baby shower party-goers this week!

If you’d like to WIN a Womb for Two visit their site and tell me one of the benefits you’ve learned about the pillow in the comments! Leave another comment with a bit of pregnancy advice if you’d like an additional entry. You get 2 more chances to win following their Facebook and Twitter page and letting them know you saw them from my blog! My blog followers also get an extra entry.

You have until June 13th at 11:59pm to enter!
Random.org will choose a winner! Good Luck!

*Thanks Womb for Two for providing the pillow to review and giveaway. No compensation was recieved, opinions are all mine.

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  1. This fact sold me on it: “pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section.” I’m expecting, but only 8 weeks along- I’ll have to remember this tip!

  2. Wow, that pillow looks fabulous. It’s been about 6 months since I’ve gotten sleep. lol. I think, when I wake up and say, hey, I got 3 straight hours of sleep last night, that was a feat in itself. lol. Right now I sleep on the couch, layiing on my left side, pillow between my knees, pillow under my feet (to keep them elevated) and two under my head (to help with heartburn lol). I think I will have no problem when the little one gets here. I get up at least 3 times a night, (a good night) or 4-6 times a night. Either really thirsty or I have to potty.
    Anyways, I think the lack of sleep we get while pregnant does help (I too get super emotional without sleep) My husband is waaaaaay worse, so I’ll be the night nurse. lol.

  3. more sleep = less likely to have a c-section
    i never would have known that. if you read my most recent post you’ll see that i’m stressing out about this whole trying to have a baby thing. i just need to relax and get some sleep, apparently.

  4. I thought this sounded pretty good…”Studies show that pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section. “

  5. You just did a post about giveaways where I said I wanted to love them, but I always hate them…because even if I DO win, my prize never makes it to me. ANYWAY…if I were to win anything, this would be at the top of my list right now!!!!

    I love all the combined features that keep it in place, make it easier to get in and out of, and help to eliminate pelvic pain (which is my number one complaint right now!)

  6. Pregnancy advice: If you feel like you need a nap, take one! If you feel like you need a drink, get one! If you feel like you need to pee, find a bathroom! Listen to your body as much as possible. It will make you more comfortable!

  7. I already sleep with a pillow in my arms and one between my legs for this exact reason : Supports your low back for correct spinal alignment and maintains side position

  8. I like how it helps support and align your back. With getting rear ended pretty bad on the freeway I have a bad back already…and now being pregnant i can never get a good sleep!

  9. Cool pillow! When I started having back pain, my husband got us a memory foam mattress as a Christmas present, and also a $100. memory foam pillow. Let me tell you after that I had no more migraines or back/neck pain! I also have a memory foam pillow I use between my legs and a wedge for my stomach. Cute video by the way!

  10. you know what’s funny is when my son was first born sleeping was easy. when he was first born he slept so much and as he gets older i’m missing out on that sleep. now he doesn’t really nap through the day, but the upside is that he sleeps until usually 10 am! (which i know is extremely rare)

  11. The more sleep, less likely to have a C-section fact did not apply to me, unfortunately. I slept all the time when I was pregnant, but ended up having a C-section. Oh, well. 🙁

    I just wanted to say that I really like your blog. It’s cute, and I like reading about your journey.

  12. I ‘liked’ the fb page and I learned that on top of spinal alignment and therefore less back ache, this amazing wombfortwo eliminates hip ache! This is my main trouble being pregnant, I wake up with excruciating hip ache and have always been trying techniques to get rid of it! I’d LOVE to win this product. I’ve never won anything! Pick me pick me!

  13. I learned that the v-shape at the legs can help reduce sciatica as well as ease hip and back pain! SIGN ME UP. At 25 weeks, my sleep quantity and quality are quickly starting to decline! I would really love to win this pillow. I’m sleeping horribly and my husband and I really can’t afford anything like this for me. I really really hope I win.

  14. I’m not sure what pregnancy advice I can give you since you are further along than I am. My biggest advice to other preggos is to drink your weight in ounces of water each day. i.e. if you weigh 120 lbs, drink 120 ounces of liquid. It has helped alleviate almost all of my pregnancy-related complaints!

  15. Wow, that pillow is awesome. I wish I had stumbled across that when I was preggers with Moo because I was extremely uncomfortable pretty much the entire pregnancy. That would have saved me and her daddy lots of sleepless nights due to my tossing and turning and stealing all the pillows to find a comfortable fix. LOL.

  16. Hmm…I’m not sure I’m one to give you pregnancy advice since you’re about 8 weeks ahead of me. But, if I have to give one…don’t be afraid to eat…just make sure you’re eating somewhat healthy.

  17. I am a blog follower. Advice: When you are in the hospital, try to get all the sleep you can, don’t feel bad about them taking the baby out of the room and getting your rest. It may really help in your recovery.
    mrs. domestica at yahoo dot com

  18. Seriously, that thing looks wickedly comfy! I do remember visiting their site, and my husband was not swayed when he saw the price of the pillow :).
    I can see how the wedges helps aligns the spine because I have the first one that you showed and because I too am also pretty tall I find that my leg falls off a lot. It also does not give me any back or belly support and sometimes I try to wedge a little comforter in the spots, but it is never enough, or most times too much, and man do I feel those hip and back pains.

  19. I like the fact that its a practical item. I am not big on purchasing items that can only be used for a limited amount of time, but because you can take the pillows out of the casing and use them with regular pillows…Perfect. And then if you get pregnant again you can just refill it.

  20. Pregnancy advice: Cook for the freezer as soon as you get a positive test…in two weeks, the nausea will hit and this way you won’t have to eat out.

  21. OMG!! I want this soooooo bad!!! I nvr knew about this type of pillow! I am also tall and those other little “body” pillows are ridiculous lol
    Going to their site I learned that the full length support can help reduce swelling in your feet and ankles! That’s pretty awesome!

  22. Some REALLY good pregnancy advice DON’T let the random “idiots” get to you. Some people should just have tape permanently across their mouths 🙂
    No seriously, DON”T RUSH BABY! She will come when she’s ready as hard as that is to wait. 🙂 I rush my daughter and although she got here safely I wish I would have just waited for her 🙂

  23. Studies show that pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section

  24. I loved the fact that “pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section.” I had a C-section with baby #1 and am hoping that the next time around we won’t have to have one. This would be perfect!

  25. I learned that the incline elevates head to reduce heartburn…I’m 7 months pregnant now and the heartburn has been terrible. This would be a great win!

  26. I learned that “pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section.”
    Umm.. really WOW! I’ll make sure to get my sleep!

  27. My best pregnancy advice is to be as healthy as you can for yourself and the baby and exercise during pregnancy makes a huge difference! I lost my all my weight in less than a month consistantly working out while I was preggo. amypugmire@live.com

  28. With my first pregnancy I had the hardest time trying to get comfy while sleeping. I bought a body pillow and that seemed to do the job for the most part but I still had problems getting comfy. I think the wedges would be nice though.

  29. Not sure If I can enter since I’m in Canada, but I learned that the The Leg-V Leg pillows ease your low back and hip pain, as well as reducing sciatica-like symptoms, by supporting your leg at the correct height!

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

  30. the pregnancy advice i was given was not to spend too much on stretch mark prevention creams – you are either going to get them or you won’t

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

  31. Benefit: Leg pillows ease low back and hip pain, as well as reducing sciatica-like symptoms, by supporting your leg at the correct height.
    This is exactly what I need when I sleep to help with my sciatica. I just shove whatever pillow I can in between my legs now and doesn’t really help.
    katrinasevin(at)aol.com

  32. Pregnancy advice: Just from talking with mom’s from my playgroup I’ve learned everyone has such a different experience with pregnancy so I’ll just tell you to drink lots and lots of water. I always felt so much better when I was fully hydrated.

    katrinasevin(at)aol.com

  33. I’m following them on twitter – @katrinasevin (your link is directing to wombfortwo rather than womb4two so it sends you to an error page.)

    katrinasevin(at)aol.com

  34. My pregnancy advice is, don’t listen to anyone’s advice. What works for one person, may not work for 1,000 other people.

  35. I love the fact that it is specifically designed to fit on 1/2 a queen-sized bed. That way hubby won’t be hanging off of the bed. Thanks for the great contest 🙂

  36. My advice would be not to take “everyone elses” pregnancy advice too seriously. You will find what works for you! Thankfully I know this now as I am pregnant with #2!

    CherryBlossomsDesign AT hotmail

  37. My personal pregnancy advice would be to keep your body properly hydrated by drinking enough purified water per your body weight. Becoming dehydrated can actually bring on false contractions.
    Also to try and get in some form of exercise daily, if your doctor permits it. Walking and swimming are wonderful exercise for pregnant women.

    Thanks again for hosting such a great giveaway.

    Sweetmelbelle31@yahoo.com

  38. Don’t take it easy when you are pregnant. Exercise regularly. If you can walk or ride a bike instead of driving, you will be in great shape. My car died when I was pregnant with baby #1. We never replaced it. I am so much healthier because of it. Now, 7 years later, I am pregnant with baby #3, and I walk and ride my bike regularly. My last 2 labors went smoothly.

    pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. I would love one of these!
    I learned that it has an incline to help reduce heartburn- I could sure use that!
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

  40. My pregnancy tip- massage! Prenatal massage was a huge lifesaver for me, I even got my obgyn to write a prescription for it so my insurance covered it.
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

  41. This is my favorite feature: Full-length support reduces swelling in the feet and ankles (unlike other pillows that go between your knees but leave your foot hanging, making swelling worse through the night. I have seen so many prego women with sausage-like toes. I don’t want to be that way. I love my shoes too much and want to be able to wear them and not flip flops. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! It is great! Also I liked at the end of the video you made how your hubby turned the lights off 🙂 Cute hubby!
    crissa17@hotmail.com

  42. I have learned that it will give my arms relief! It says it slopes to the side and allows th shoulder to open. This would be great because my upper back and arms are more sore than my back is. I’m currently just using regular pillows, because I’m in the process of moving from Australia to the US in 3 weeks at 5 months pregnant and am despertate to get this pillowas soon as I get back to the states!

  43. My pregnancy advice is to let things roll off your back and not stress out. Remind yourself that millions of women have done this before.

  44. Hmmm, not sure why, but I posted a comment and it said I was “Daisy” I’m not, I’m Heather, not sure if it was a scam… but that is my comment to let things roll off your back and not stress out, remind yourself that millions of women have done this before! Also take your time, I don’t rush around anymore trying to catch the bus etc., it’s not worth it.

  45. So, all that needs to be said about this pillow is, “It makes me feel like I did yoga the night before”! I’m sold. I liked on Facebook too! I’ve been having lots of numbness and pain while sleeping and would love to win this!

  46. WOW – “pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section.”

    That’s an amazing bit of info !!

    ktgonyea at gamil.com

  47. I learned that the Wedges support belly and uterine ligaments at two levels as your pregnancy grows
    nicole78jedi at yahoo dot com

  48. I learned that their base cushion is sloped, allowing for the shoulders to open up, so the one you sleep on doesn’t get all sore.

  49. Advice: As much as you want your little one to be here, enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant. It won’t be too long before you’ll miss that familiar kicking sensation.

  50. The incline elevates your head to reduce heartburn. I wish I had a pillow like this when I was pregnant. My friend is expecting a surprise baby #3 and I think she’d really appreciate all the benefits of this great pillow. I’m signing up on her behalf.

  51. Pregnancy advice…well, if you haven’t had enough…if this is your first pregnancy really take advantage of naps and the TLC offered by your husband. Any pregnancy after your first is not as relaxing…it can’t be since you have someone else to chase around.

  52. I love that its made in America, but the fact that the arm and leg cushions are filled with pillows that you can actually use as regular pillows later makes a huge difference.

  53. my best friends having twins soon, so this would be great for her for the new babies coming home! please sign me up, thanks

  54. I learned from the website that leg pillows help reduce sciatica like pain by supporting your leg at the right height. This appeals to me greatly as I’ve been dealing with sciatic pain for 2 months now! ugh! thanks for the great giveaway!

  55. Well, even though I know you (love) your cankles, I’d like to avoid them if at all possible! Lol. And I learned the leg-V pillow can help reduce the foot and ankle swelling. Score!!

  56. pregnancy advice? you’re almost done!! How about labor advice — just know that your body was MADE to do this and you are totally capable! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!!

    PS – Fellow LDS member here and currently pregnant with #3! 🙂

    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

  57. I learned that the arm pillows reduce swelling and carpel tunnel symptoms in your arms, wrists and hands. That sounds pretty sweet.
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

  58. My favorite feature would be that the incline elevates the head to reduce heartburn.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  59. Pregnancy advice: Rest when you need it. Sit down when you need it. Let people help you.

    It sounds simple but it’s tough to do, especially when you’re nesting!

  60. I was sold on these key points
    The Womb for Two Back & Belly Wedges:

    * Wedges support belly and uterine ligaments at two levels as your pregnancy grows *Only in Womb for Two*

    * Supports your low back for correct spinal alignment and maintains side position

    my pregnancies cause a lot of trouble in my lower back due to 2 torn disks. My stomach kind of “supports itself” and I feel the ligaments pull constantly. Its painful! This pillow sounds like heaven

  61. being pregnant now for the 5th time and having my 4th successful pregnancy and 4th baby!!! yes 4!!! lol my advice is to enjoy every minute of every stage, because its all over and a new one begins before you can even blink

  62. My pregnancy advice would be to make sure you keep active as long as your doctor says its okay, walking daily is great for you & the baby.
    yummyfaerie at hotmail dot com

  63. My piece of pregnancy advice is to enjoy every last minute you have left. Not much longer and even though you think you won’t you will miss it.

  64. Tips for swallowing pills when you are nauseous:
    If your nausea comes and goes, wait half an hour to see if you feel more like swallowing a pill then.
    After putting pills in your mouth, have water ready to swallow really fast. The worst moments for me are while the pills are sitting in my mouth.

  65. I love that it supports you in so many ways, and helping with alignment can help even afterwards.Helping with things like heartburn is great. What a wonderful creation 🙂

  66. the leg pillow reduces swelling would have been great with my 1st preg. i had pre-e and still have streach marks on my calf from the swelling

  67. “pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section.”

    I know this was said a few times but for me, this found to be 100% true in my situation. Last two months, I seriously slept like 14 to 16 hour days. I could not get enough sleep. Constant tired and I did what I felt was best was to enjoy the snooze……especially since the first 3 months of my daughter’s life, I barley got sleep! I had an 8 hour labor total. I went from 3cent to 10 in the last 45 mins of the labor.

    I had a body pillow but felt it wasn’t comfy/fluffy enough.

    clc_little_britches@yahoo dot com

  68. Pregnancy advice:
    1) Take up belly dancing. I am a belly dancer and you be amazed of how much it helps in staying physically active, stretches, muscle/strength, breathing and self expression.
    2)Treat yourself to a message often if you can. When “mama is at ease” so is baby.
    3) Go with your instincts. Your instinct is the number one decision maker over anyone else. If you are not comfortable, don’t understand procedures, you want something differently done, speak up. It is practice for time to come as the child grows and advice will be thrown at you on a daily bases.

    clc_little_britches@yahoo dot com

  69. omgosh. i learned that it helps reduce heartburn. that was one of my top worst pregnancy symptoms, i had it so bad!! i’d LOVE to have this for baby #2!!
    erdickey at gmail dot com

  70. hmm.. preggo advice… well you’re almost done so i don’t know what advice you need!! how about labor advice. get rest! early labor can last for days (it did for me) so if it does, it can be super exciting and you’ll feel anxious–but try to sleep 😉
    erdickey at gmail dot com

  71. I found out that Studies show that pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section. I wish I would have known that the first time, then maybe I would not have to have a c-section in sept with the third! This looks so comfy, I can not get comfortable at all right now.
    eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  72. In addition, we pledge to give back a percentage of our annual profits to good causes. We are currently considering EngenderHealth, which partners with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide women in Africa with otherwise unavailable pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  73. If I win I will have to get a new bed lol. I don’t think we would all fit in the bed along with this wonderful pillow! My 2 year old loves to climb into bed with us, while we are both bed hogs and have 3 cats that think the bed is also theirs. 🙂

  74. I would love one of these!
    I learned that it has an incline to help reduce heartburn- I could sure use that!
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

  75. I learned from the website that leg pillows help reduce sciatica like pain by supporting your leg at the right height. This appeals to me greatly as I’ve been dealing with sciatic pain for 2 months now! ugh! thanks for the great giveaway!

  76. I love that its made in America, but the fact that the arm and leg cushions are filled with pillows that you can actually use as regular pillows later makes a huge difference.

  77. my best friends having twins soon, so this would be great for her for the new babies coming home! please sign me up, thanks

  78. the pregnancy advice i was given was not to spend too much on stretch mark prevention creams – you are either going to get them or you won’t

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

  79. Studies show that pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section

  80. I loved the fact that “pregnant women who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night in their last trimester have shorter labors and are 4.5 times less likely to have a Cesarean section.” I had a C-section with baby #1 and am hoping that the next time around we won’t have to have one. This would be perfect!

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