Pregnancy Pillow – which one really works?
Pregnancy, birth and the female body are miraculous. It’s true! I KNOW that morning sickness, metallic tasting tea, bone-deep tiredness and a lack of sleep may not feel very magical, I’ve been there, done that, bought the giant pregnancy pillow. But when you think about how CLEVER us Mums are, we grew a baby for heaven’s sake, it’s hard not to feel like a bit of a hero.
A pregnant Mum’s astonishing incubation efforts deserve a gift. A present of epic proportions, one which promises better sleep and comfort before and after birth. I insist that you buy a maternity pillow. They are game changers and my squishy cushion of joy is still in use despite children being long past the toddler stage.
The best pregnancy pillow will perform the following seriously useful tasks:
- Support your bump during the night and cheeky daytime naps helping better quality, longer sleep occur
- Provide comfort for sore backs
- A super comfy pillow option for very new mums sleeping on their tummies after stitches (life saver!)
- A V-shaped pillow will help you position baby and prevent sore arms during both breast and bottle feeding. I adored this function of my pillow and meant I breastfed both my babies a lot longer than I ordinarily would have
- Act as a support for baby when they start sitting up unaided
- General snuggling.
How to choose the best pregnancy pillow
The main use for a pregnancy support pillow is to aid sleep. Most expecting mums are guaranteed to have disturbed sleep at some point and that’s because the growing bump gets in the way, makes multiple body parts ache and can’t be taken off or moved around.
The pregnancy body pillow that is right for you is a question of personal taste. Trying out a friend’s pillow to help you choose is a great idea. If this isn’t possible, then think of these factors.
Do you have back pain?
A long pillow between your legs will position your hips and stop painful torso twisting. Alternatively, using a V-shaped pillow to support your neck and back when sitting or sleeping on your back will alleviate back niggles.
Unique shape which helps with lots of comfort issues
The longer pillow which would go under your bump and/or between your legs is complemented by a shorter side to help support the back.
Left side sleeping
Pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their left side as this supports oxygen flow to the baby. This pillow encourages and aids sleep on the left.
Easy to clean
Soft brushed cotton pillow cover which is easily removed and can be chucked in the washer and quickly dried.
Is sleeping on your side uncomfortable?
Most pregnant women will find themselves in this position and it isn’t for everyone. I sleep on my front and having to give up this lifelong habit once I developed a bump was awful. Place a pillow under your tummy to relieve the ‘dragging’ from your heavy belly.
Clever graduated design
It’s adaptable so that all sizes and shapes of bump will be supported. Small and lightweight enough to carry around and support your back in the car or office.
Supports a side by side feeding position
The soft bamboo cover is antibacterial, moisture wicking and breathable. Machine washable at 40
Want a really versatile multi function pillow?
Seven different functions.
The most important of which include pregnancy support pillow, nursing pillow, baby tummy time support and a lounger for older babies.
Supports a side by side feeding position
The reason that this pillow exists is because the designer couldn’t find what she needed and decided to create her own. I think that the care and love that went into the three-year development can really be seen in the end product.
Zippable three-part design to be used all together or individually
The nifty design is why this pregnancy support pillow can turn into a maternity pillow and nursery item. It’s also great that is one part gets a bit icky from sick up, milk or the delightful after-effects of childbirth then you only need to wash that one bit.
The alternative to the traditional pillow
Babymoov Dream Belt
£33.50 on Amazon
Made from soft, stretchy and comfortable fabric.
Grows with your body.
Supportive in the right places, soft and doesn’t dig in. The front panel will stretch with your growing bump.
Easy to put on
Literally just a secure Velcro fastening at the back.
Supportive but un-intrusive side supports
On either side of your body, the gap between your bump and hips is filled with memory foam so you get individualised support.
The budget multi-function pillow
Additional things to consider when choosing a pillow
Consider the softness of the pillow
A harder pillow will be good for your legs but no so for the small of your back. A nursing baby needs to feel secure and snug not perched on a firm surface or getting too warm in a too soft bundle of feathers.
Removable, replaceable covers
The best maternity pillow for you will be a real workhorse so a quick change of cover or a full wash needs to be an option.
Have you chosen your pillow? The right pillow can be an amazing companion that can make your pregnancy so much more comfortable.
I hope this article helped you make the right choice. Let me know in the comment which one you chose or if you have