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How to Alleviate Hip Pain in Pregnancy by Sleeping on the Side

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Ashley Miller is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast and aromatherapist. She has also worked as an employee assistance program counselor and a substance-abuse professional. Miller holds a Master of Social Work and has extensive training in mental health diagnosis, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also has a bachelor's degree in music.
How to Alleviate Hip Pain in Pregnancy by Sleeping on the Side
Sleeping on your side can help to alleviate hip pain during pregnancy. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Hip pain is a common complaint during pregnancy, and most women experience some degree of hip and back pain during the later stages of pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the best sleeping position during pregnancy is known as "SOS", or "sleep on side." This position may help to reduce hip pain and give you a better night's sleep. Even if you're unused to sleeping on your side, you may find that this position is more comfortable than sleeping on your back or stomach.

Step 1

Bend your legs while lying on your side. The American Pregnancy Association recommends sleeping on your left side to help increase nutrients and oxygen going to the fetus. Put a pillow between your legs and another under your abdominal area to make this position more comfortable.

Step 2

Use a full-body support pillow between your legs if the technique above does not work for you. Rest your abdomen on the pillow for extra support and comfort. The pillow helps to relieve some of the strain on your hips and lower back, according to Women's Healthcare Topics.

Step 3

Sleep on a heating pad to help relieve aches and pains in your hips. According to Parents.com, a heating pad may relieve hip or sciatica pain.

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