Brought to you by our featured guest blogger, Emily Ann Gemma, author and founder of The Sweetest Thing.
Back in December I did a post (HERE) about choosing a Sleep Number® bed and why I love it. Now I’ll review the bed and share our experience with it. As I said in my post, I had heartburn issues during my pregnancy – that only got worse! I ended up with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and was pretty sick for a large part of the pregnancy.
The bed feature that saved me (or US, rather!) was the ability to have the head (or feet) inclined. If you know much about GERD or have acid reflux, you know it’s a game changer to have your head and chest elevated. We actually still keep the head of the bed elevated now that baby Luke is here because I am so used to it and I totally want to avoid heartburn again! I also used the incline a lot toward the end of my pregnancy to work from bed. I would get in my PJs after running errands and sit in bed and answer emails. Toward the end though, I elevated my feet at night to try to avoid swelling in my ankles.
I literally lived in bed the last 8-10 weeks of pregnancy. Between the heartburn and rib pain + hip pain, I was flat-out miserable (ALL of which was so worth it!). We knew all along he was going to be a big baby, and that was confirmed each day as I woke up with more and more pain. I remember specifically getting out of bed in the middle of the night and not being able to walk!!
John woke up and saw me trying to walk to the bathroom and was like, “Okay, we have to do something about this!” I always slept with my Sleep Number® setting at 30 (which is REALLY soft and what I am used to!) so he set it to 90 and I never had hip issues from then on out! I don’t think I have ever been more grateful for that bed!! Now that Luke is here, I am still sleeping with the Sleep Number® setting at 90 just because it is easier to get in and out of bed since I get up to pump and nurse during the night. I think once my body is healed and back to normal, I’ll go back to 30.
I mentioned it before, but SleepIQ® technology is amazing! It works with your phone and does a number of things! I am not working out right now, but it helps with fitness goals. I love it because it tracks your sleep. I use SleepIQ® technology at night in case I forget what time I got in bed. Luke sleeps next to me in his bassinet so I can check my app to see what time I fed him in case I forget or am second-guessing myself. If you aren’t a mom, this is probably so boring! But I just wanted to share how our Sleep Number® bed has made a difference for us!
Thanks to Sleep Number for sponsoring today’s post.
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