Looking for a pregnancy pillow? Here are the best!
Reality check: there are a lot of extraordinary things that will happen during pregnancy, but for most women, scoring a good night’s sleep isn’t one of them.
Even for the best sleepers, getting a good, restful night of sleep when you’re pregnant is no easy feat. As soon as that bump makes itself known, which for some women can be as early as eight to 10 weeks pregnant, getting comfortable—and staying comfortable—can be less than ideal, especially if you’re a stomach sleeper. Throw in heartburn, muscle soreness, swollen feet, and those countless trips to the bathroom, and it’s a recipe for a bad night’s sleep. What’s a tired pregnant mama to do?
Pregnancy pillows provide custom comfort when you need it most. A pregnancy pillow—a pillow specially designed to offer support during pregnancy—follows the natural shape of the body and can accommodate any area that may need a little extra TLC. Lower back hurting? Put the pillow between your legs to relieve the pressure. Tummy feeling heavy? Slide the pillow underneath and prop up your stomach while you sleep. Some pillows can even be folded behind you to help you stay upright and manage reflux. Whether you’re in week 14 or week 34, a pregnancy pillow deserves a spot under your covers.
There’s one for everybody. (And every body.) Pregnancy pillows come in a range of sizes and styles and, depending on what type of support you’re looking for (and how much room you have in your bed), there are a few different types to consider.
For the ultimate in snuggle, the Snoogle Original Total Body Pillow by Leachco will (literally) have your back. This oversized pillow follows your body’s contour from head to toe; it’s perfect for supporting your head and neck, hips, belly, and back. Mamas love that it’s endlessly customizable and that it features a removable, washable cover.
If versatility is something that’s important to you, Beaba’s Big Flopsy does double duty as a pregnancy pillow and a nursing support pillow. Made from 100% French cotton, this super soft pillow’s curved c-shape contours to support whatever area needs it most. And after baby arrives, it’s perfect for postpartum support and for nursing.
And for more targeted support, the Boppy Side Sleeper Pregnancy Pillow won’t hog the bed—but don’t let the compact design fool you. This uniquely shaped pillow helps you stay on your side while asleep (a sleep position recommended by doctors) and features a stretch panel that grows right along with your belly. Its small footprint makes it easy to move around for belly or back support, and it comes with a machine-washable slipcover.