Sleeping while you’re pregnant can be a great challenge. During the first trimester, you’re likely to be comfortable not until you get to the third trimester when night sleep becomes interrupted.
If you’re a not a first-time parent you’re probably aware of this. For parents who are planning a pregnancy, there’s no need to get scared. A pregnancy pillow will help you cope with any kind of pregnancy discomfort.
They’re engineered to restore and maintain a great night rest. However, for you to choose the best maternity pillow, you have to put into consideration your sleeping style since there are different types of pregnancy pillow based on how you sleep.
Different Types of Pregnancy Pillows
1. Body Pillow (full-length pregnancy pillow)
Also known as full-length pregnancy pillow, this pillow is designed to provide total support to your entire body and comes in rectangular and straight shapes. These pillows also come in straight or flexible styles.
Flexible full-length pillows can be flexed into your desired shape while the straight full-length pillows are not flexible. However, the flexible styles are more expensive.
To use the pillow, sleep in such a way that you hug or cuddle the pillow. Besides, you can choose to cuddle the pillow with arms and legs while the midpoint of the pillow supports your stomach.
AngQi 55 ‘’ Pregnancy Pillow is the best full body pregnancy pillow in our opinion. The U-Shaped pregnancy pillow allows expectant mothers to support their head and tummy in an elevated position.
It supports the spine and hip in a neutral position allowing you to feel relaxed while promoting smooth flow of blood to give you undisturbed rest at night. At the same time, you can choose which body area you need to cushion or rest to combat issues like sciatica, heartburn and any other discomfort.
The maternity pillow measures 55” by 31” and you have 5-color options to choose from. U-grey, white, blue/gray, U-Grey-ct and ashy. It comes with a zippered jersey cover hence it’s simple to separate the cover from the pillow for washing.
2. Wedge Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
This pillow imitates a wedge shape and supports your belly, hips and back. It allows you to have a good sleep by allowing your back or belly to rest in a smooth inclined position.
It's versatile as you can still use this pillow even after delivery, a feature that makes it very popular. This wedged pillow won't take much of your space in bed, leaving enough portion for your partner. However, because of its small size, you may need extra pillows for your head.
Boppy Pregnancy pillow is a wedge-shaped and appropriate for moms who are specifically looking for the comfort of the protruded belly. This eliminates the strain that may be exerted on the hips or back when you’re sleeping.
It aligns your spine and keep you relaxed to allow for uninterrupted flow of blood. Additionally, you can lay the pillow on the back to rest and in a variety of other positions when you’re sleeping.
The pillow is greatly useful in the third trimester to provide support to the big belly. It does not take a lot of space hence it’s suitable for use on the go. The outer jersey cover is soft and easy to remove for washing.
3. Whole Body Pregnancy Pillow
This pillow tucks your body parts and wraps them, offering maximum support and comfort to your body. They typically have a length of 6 or 5 feet, so you can be sure you'll find one that will fit your entire body. If you oftenly feel a back sore pain every morning, then this is definitely a great choice. They're categorized into:
1. Pregnancy Pillow, U Shaped
If you're a stomach sleeper, this should be your choice. It allows you to hug it, supporting your back and belly. Particularly suitable to moms in third trimester as this pregnancy pillow offers maximum comfort and support to the large belly allowing you to have a restful sleep.
A classic example is Queen Rose Pregnancy Pillow. Good thing about this pillow is how it’s usable in a variety of positions to achieve comfort in any part. You can also use it when you want to nurse, watch series or curl up to read a novel.
The pillow measures 55” by 31” by 7.8”. Looking at its size it’s easy to tell the pillow is tall to cushion your whole body and it’s the best pillow for tall moms.
This pillow comes in 6-colors that range from white, gray, navy blue, blue gray and pink blue among other multi colors. The velvet cover is long lasting, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and easy to wash with machine.
It is best for back pain, swollen legs, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, gastric reflux, congestion, fibromyalgia and a comfortable night sleep.
Although it is pricier than other pillows, you won't need extra pillows for support since it cushions your head, neck, back and legs.
2. Pregnancy Pillow C-Shaped
To use a C-shaped pillow, tuck the base between your legs and use the upper top to support your head. Since your back will rest on the C-shape, your spine will also be supported.
PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow is the best C-Shaped pillow for expectant mothers. It measures 62” by 30” to provide full-body support in all the three trimesters.
There’s no need for extra pillows at third trimester as it provides even balance, support and comfort to belly, legs, back, hips. It is also appropriate for moms who need more support after surgery.
The polyfill blend curls up to take your back and belly shape allowing you to sit-up and nurse the baby, watch TV or read a book.
The cover is zippered hence it’s easy to remove for machine washing. It is soft and super comfortable even several washes. It also comes with a lifetime warranty with assurance of 100% satisfaction.
Unfortunately, the pillow it too big and bulky for pregnant moms to move around with.
How to Choose a Pregnancy Pillow
Whole Body Support
Target a pregnancy pillow that will cater for every part of your body - neck, hips, back and belly. Most importantly, go for a pillow that will cushion those parts that you feel uncomfortable when you sleep. Such a pillow will cover you in all the pregnancy trimesters.
You want a versatile pillow you can curl on when reading a book, when nursing your little one, when watching TV and so on. You'll use it in multitude ways in your various living spaces. Heavy pillows would be difficult to move around with.
Removable Stain Resistant Cover
Some colors easily absorb stain and sweat to get discolored. For sanitary reasons, go for a fabric that is washable and is resistant to stain. The outer casing should feature a zip, so you can remove it for washing.
Consider the bed size when looking for a pregnancy pillow. You don't want a pillow that will displace your partners space in bed. Choose a pillow that will allow both of you to comfortably sleep.
Also consider your body size. Perhaps you want a pillow that will allow you to submerge right in or may be a pillow that will cater for specific body parts. You know, so you decide.
You don't want a pillow that will stimulate allergic or asthma infections during your 9 months of pregnancy. Hypoallergenic pillows are resistant to these infections and reduces chances of a mom passing these diseases to their precious angel.
Sleeping Position and Body Size
How do you sleep when you’re resting? Are you petite or huge? Let's delve in and see what pillow type will suite you based on your body size and sleeping positions.
1. Huge Sized Moms
A C-shaped pillow will be the ideal choice. As I said, a C-shaped pillow will cater for every mom’s needs despite their body size.
2. Short Moms
Short pillows are best for petite moms. Leachco Snoogle Original and total petite are best pillows you could pick.
3. Stomach Sleeper
If you have the tendency of sleeping with your stomach, be cautious as you may experience pain in certain body organs. Avoid firm pillows as they will wrinkle your face when you're sleeping. However, if you cannot avoid this sleeping position go for Shredded Memory Foam Bamboo pillow.
4. Side Sleeper
Side sleeping position is super comfy. If you love this position then go for Shredded Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow. It'll perfectly cover your sleeping needs.
5. Back Sleeper
Back sleeping is risky as you could easily choke yourself. And since changing your typical sleeping position is nearly hard, make Meiz Pregnancy Pillow, Back N Belly Or Snoogle Maternity Pillow your close friend. Either of these pillows will allow you to have a sweet back sleep.
Soft vs Firm Maternity Pillow?
Yes, a soft maternity pillow may be a preference to many. However, they easily flatten with use. A firm pillow is best and will last you for a longer period. Don't worry that firm surfaces are uncomfortable, you'll get around it over time!
Why you Should Have a Pregnancy Pillow
Eliminates Entire Body and Back Pain
Maternity pillows are proved to alleviate head, neck, legs and shoulder pains. They position your body correctly so you don't strain your body. If you undergo surgery, this pillow still comes in handy as it's known to rid of pain attributed by surgery. It's also known to prevent sciatica in pregnant moms.
For Comfortable Sleep
Actually, this is the main reason you want to acquire one. As the belly of a pregnant mom expands, the expansion may cause strain to your back or hip. Pregnancy pillows eliminates this strain and stress in related muscles, spinal cord and other connective body tissues
It relieves moms off the discomfort that's associated with belly protrusion or pregnancy and allow for a comfortable and deep sleep. These pillows are firm, thick and naturally goes with your body shape.
Improves Body Blood Circulation
A comfortable sleep leads to better blood movement. As a pregnant mom, it’s recommended you sleep on your either sides. What this pillow does it to ease pressure and balance blood, intracellular and extracellular fluid flow.
Whatever part you use it on, this pillow reduces pressure on blood vessels, stimulating seamless blood flow in your entire body.
Suitable After Giving Bath
After delivery you'll need a comfy surface to breastfeed your angle. This pillow comes with elevated sides, that's comfy for your little one to rest on while breastfeeding.
In addition, the rounded or squared sides become very suitable in supporting your baby's neck and back when in a sit-up position. And even as your little one grows, this pillow can securely nestle them, so they won't roll from a general bed and fall.
Choosing the best pregnancy pillow shouldn’t be an issue now. Since there's no stated pregnancy time when you should acquire a pregnancy pillow, purchase one and start using it as soon as the tummy starts to protrude or when you feel uncomfortably asleep. A maternity pillow will allow you to have the cozy sleep you've been craving for!