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Body Pillow Question???? Body Pillow Question????

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Unread 04-16-2007, 04:43 AM
Body Pillow Question????

Hi All.......

I am trying to be prepared and leaving NO stone unturned.....

I know a lot of you ahve sworn by a body pillow and how much it helped during your recovery etc. I am a side sleeper which I know is impossible afterwards.
I think I should get the body pillow???

WHere is the best place to get one at ?? Wal MArt, TArget????? Bed-Bath-beyond???
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Unread 04-16-2007, 05:15 AM
Body Pillow Question????

I got mine at Walmart for around $8.00
Unread 04-16-2007, 06:57 AM
Body Pillow Question????

I guess it's a personal choice. Wal - Mart is where I go as it's less expensive there usually
Pillows really helped me post op. I used a lot of them to protect my tummy after my hyst.

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Unread 04-16-2007, 07:03 AM
Body Pillow Question????

Kathim...the body pillow is helpful, but as a side sleeper I found it did not support my incision appropriately. Only now (almost 3 weeks out) am I able to sleep a few hours each night on my side.

I bought a pillow called The Wedge (at Bed Bath & Beyond) that allowed me to sleep on my back pretty comfortably. Gave me the right angle I needed to support the incision, but still be comfortable.

You'll do great and all your preparation will pay off!!
Unread 04-16-2007, 07:12 AM
Body Pillow Question????


Actually, sleeping on your side is not impossible, but there is a trick to being able to do it early.

On my day of surgery, while I am still on the heavy duty pain meds, I ask for help in turning on my side, using pillows for support. I did this and by that first night was sleeping almost on my tummy. By 3 nights post op I was sleeping fully on my tummy with DH having to gently help me get turned back over to get up.

I didn't have a body pillow, but if I had one I know I would have used it. I just used a whole punch of smaller ones.

and Best Wishes,
Unread 04-16-2007, 07:16 AM
Body Pillow Question????

I am a side sleeper, too, and was able to roll over a little bit onto my side about 5 days after surgery by using a leg elevator, or a side pillow type thing. Every evening it got better and yes, I slept MUCH BETTER not having to lie on my back. But when I did lie on my back, I used that elevator to put under my thighs or knees and take pressure off my spine.

I bought a leg "riser" off Amazon and my mother in-law bought me a rolled side pillow from Target. Both have been very useful.
Unread 04-16-2007, 07:28 AM
Body Pillow Question????

I slept on my side even a few hours after surgery (bikini cut). It hurt to turn around and all, but laying on my back I found to be more uncomfortable.

I kept just a standard size pillow between my knees, that helps take the pressure off. Then held a rolled up towel the nurse gave me to keep close to my belly.

Once home, my husband went to Dollar General and bought a couple standard size pillows. I also kept one between he and I in the bed so he wouldn't by accident roll over and bump into me.

But I really had no problem with sleeping in my own bed, and on my side right from the start.

Best of luck!
Unread 04-16-2007, 07:30 AM
Body Pillow Question????


Really glad you asked this, I wanted to know too!
Unread 04-16-2007, 08:41 AM
Body Pillow Question????

The best body pillow I've found is at Love Sacs. It was pricey, though -- I think about $60. The ones at Walmart and Target work fine, and for less $$.

It was several weeks before I could sleep on my side. I think it depends on your individual situation. I actually slept sitting up on the couch with pillows all around me. (Quite a sight, I know. )
Unread 04-17-2007, 08:21 AM
Body Pillow Question????

I bought a body pillow yesterday at Walmart for $8.88 (cheap). Of course I haven't used it yet and don't know if it will do the trick. Anybody else use the Walmart pillow or should I take it back and get something that maybe costs more but will be more effective.

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