Pregnancy pillows, usually known as pregnancy body pillows, represent the difference between the endless, excruciating search for a comfortable sleep position, and an actual restful night of shuteye. It’s the least you can do for her since she is, after all, carrying your child.
One of the most frustrating things about being pregnant is that as the months progress and the exhaustion increases, making sleep even more important, for many women, getting restful slumber can get harder and harder. (A few of the culprits might be heartburn, muscle aches, anxiety-triggered insomnia and, of course, that growing belly.) Enter the maternity pregnancy body pillow, a savior to women that, when used properly, can offer the right amount of support for a peaceful night’s rest.
The American Pregnancy Association has the following sleep advice, with its own handy acronym: SOS. As you may have guessed, this stands for “sleep on side.” The left side is the ideal side to sleep on, because that increases the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta.
But sleep is an elusive bedfellow, so a few more handy tips:
- She should keep her legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between the legs.
- If back pain is an issue, sleep on your side and put a pillow under the stomach for some relief.
- If heartburn is a problem, propping the upper body with pillows can provide some relief.
There’s a wide range of pregnancy body pillows out there—some are small and simple, others are so large they might necessitate getting a bigger bed.
This behemoth is a standout because it can help provide equal support for both the back and belly at the same time.
Although some couples might be put off by this u-shaped pregnancy pillow’s massive size, consider that it can help replace the need for multiple pillows that need constant readjustment. And if you’re the type who turns over a lot while you sleep, the symmetrical Snoogle offers support from both sides. Women also used it to offer support after a Caesarean birth and to assist while breastfeeding in bed. Leacho also makes the popular Snoogle maternity pillow, which has more of a hook shape.
The basic wedge pillow can be used for any number of sleep positions, until she finds one that works.
Maybe a full body pillow makes her feel too warm at night, or maybe she’s looking for something that works for travel to make hotel beds a bit more bearable. A supportive wedge like this one can work in a variety of ways: Slipped behind the back, tucked between the knees or placed under the belly. The cover is made from a soft jersey fabric and can be removed and machine-washed.
This large cushion is similar to the Leacho, but comes with a detachable piece than can be used in different ways or removed completely to allow for more space in bed, and is great for women dealing with lower back pain.
This is the queen of pregnancy body pillows, providing support to just about every needy body part. It has a detachable extension that can be used as its own full body pillow, or attached the main body pillow for additional back or belly support.
More streamlined than other maternity body pillows, this two-part cushion helps give a physical reminder to sleep on one side.
This pregnancy pillow consists of two connected cushions separated by a piece of fabric: One cradles the back while the other supports the front. Some women also position it between their knees, or while reading and sitting up in bed.
This splurgy memory-foam body pillow will get plenty of use even after she delivers the baby and provides medium-to-firm support.
This option from Tempur-Pedic is both streamlined and supportive, and as an added bonus, the rectangular shape means it can be placed behind your regular bed pillows during the day for a neat look. The high-quality memory foam comes with a five-year warranty and the soft cover can be machine-washed.
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