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    bed wedge - skin implications

    I'd like to buy a wedge for bedtime so that I can continue to sleep on my back as my pregnancy progresses - sleeping only on my sides just isn't going to happen. I'm concerned that the wedge will cause sacral sores though - can anyone reccomend a particular product?
    I used to have an adjustable bed but decided I no longer needed it - wish I would have kept it now.
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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    Congratulations on the baby. I either missed that post of forgot. I know nothing about wedges, sorry. I wish you luck. I could never sleep on my back when pregnant. I just couldn't breathe with all that baby in my way.
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      #3
      Here is what I think you may be looking for it is called the mattress Genie, I have one and I like it and it is a lot cheaper then an adjustable bed.
      http://www.contourliving.com/showpro...x?productid=19
      When I got mine it was from Amazon.com they had the best price.

      I hope this is what you are looking for

      Stevie P

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        #4
        My sister also has the Mattress Genie and it works great!

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          #5
          Hi Emi,

          Congrats on your pregnancy!

          Wedges are good in that they can allow more varied positions, especially in later pregnancy when it gets harder to breathe, etc.

          But you are right-they can put extra pressure on the sacrum, especially if used for long periods. If you get a wedge, I would recommend that you continue to change positions every 2-3 hours and do not sleep in the same wedged position all night. The one that was shown in the link sounds like you can raise or lower it, which would give you more variety in positions.

          But like anything, always check your skin after a change in position or in the morning so you can identify any areas of pressure that occur. Also make sure that you have a good underlying mattress that gives you good support as well as a good surface to avoid pressure.

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            #6
            Originally posted by StevieP
            Here is what I think you may be looking for it is called the mattress Genie, I have one and I like it and it is a lot cheaper then an adjustable bed.
            http://www.contourliving.com/showpro...x?productid=19
            When I got mine it was from Amazon.com they had the best price.

            I hope this is what you are looking for

            Stevie P
            i wonder if this will work with a tempurpedic mattress?

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              #7
              thats pretty cool, wonder if it will work with a select comfort air bed...
              Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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                #8
                Originally posted by rollin64
                i wonder if this will work with a tempurpedic mattress?
                Originally posted by Emi2
                thats pretty cool, wonder if it will work with a select comfort air bed...
                I don't know. I was kind of skeptical at first, but it works fine w/ my sister's bed, which is just a plain ole mattress w/ a memory foam topper.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Emi2
                  thats pretty cool, wonder if it will work with a select comfort air bed...
                  Emi,
                  That's the bed I have, and seeing how it goes under the mattress I wonder if it would effect how the mattress is controlled? It has a 30 day warrantee, so I think it would be worth trying. I have a regular wedge that I use, and just toss it on my w/c when I don;t want it. Comments say that is is loud, but isn't an issue if you set it, and leave it at that amount of air for the night.
                  Last edited by sjean423; 11 Sep 2007, 2:16 PM.
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                    #10
                    Back when I was in a normal twin bed I used the Genie, it worked great for it. Would raise me up with no problem, to a good level.

                    We now have split-king adjustable Select Comfort bed so don't use it. Emi, using the Genie on a SC bed should be no different that me using the adj frame under it. You might need to have something at end of bed to keep mattress from slipping down. And always set "number" when you are flat.

                    Now the not so good: I liked the MG so well we bought one for our motorhome bed which is a queen, also a Select Comfort(it came with it). So I bought a queen size MG and it is not as friendly. The problem is, it is a bigger balloon and is very dependent on weight applied. When I am on my side by myself, it never raises me as high as wanted because all the air is over on my wifes side. Then when she hits it, it's like being on a trampoline, you go up and down as the other person moves about.

                    The motor is loud, but if you air it up high when awake, the deflate operation is much quieter if you wanted to lower down w/o waking partner.

                    I might try the twin in the MH and see if it can do what I want.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Emi2
                      thats pretty cool, wonder if it will work with a select comfort air bed...
                      That is what I use it with a Sleep Number Bed (Select Comfort) it works just fine. i even called them before I purchased it and they said that it would be no problem.

                      Stevie P

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                        #12
                        oh yeah, duh, we have a king mattress - i doubt my hubby wants to sit up all night lol. I'll look for a simpler foam wedge I guess!
                        thankis!
                        Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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                          #13
                          What about putting something like a Grant AirMass shifting air mattress over the wedge and bed? Would that reduce pressure on the sacrum and allow for longer sleeping?
                          Alan

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