Many practiced moms ruefully advise pregnant women to, “Get all the sleep you can now, before your baby comes!” while bemoaning that they haven’t had a peaceful night’s sleep since their own children are born. However, if you are coming into your second trimester, you may be finding a night of blissful rest to be more elusive every day.
If you are one of the many women who find it increasingly difficult to sleep comfortably while pregnant, you might find yourself considering whether a pregnancy pillow is a wise purchase. After all, it seems like an awful lot to spend on something you’ll only use for a few months. However, a good pregnancy pillow is just as indispensable as a comfortable pair of maternity pants that will make you feel a little closer to your pre-pregnancy self (and a much needed good night’s rest.)
Most Users Recommended Pregnancy Pillow
The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
Design by a registered nurse and mom, the patented Snoogle by Leachco is the full-body solution for the expectant mom who wants (or is in desperate need for) a better night sleep without any of the discomforts. According to the manufacturer:
“The Snoogle supports your back to prevent sciatica and lower back pain, tucks between your knees for help with back pain and temperature control, cradles your tummy, and props up your head to aid in breathing and help prevent heartburn and other pregnancy pitfalls.”
- The contoured C-shape allows for good back, neck, hip and belly support and helps with proper alignment.
- Can be flexed to fit mom’s own personal sleep needs as well as help prevent and alleviate back pain and leg cramps.
- It is ideal for all types of sleepers whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach previously.
- Works well for both petite and plus size expectant moms.
- Beyond a pregnancy pillow, the Snoogle can also double up as a nursing pillow for moms who are looking to breastfeed their babies.
- It has a removable cover that is machine washable.
The Not So Good
- For moms who like to switch sides often during sleep, the pillow may still need constant readjustment which can pose some inconvenience.
- The cover is only 35% cotton, and while removable, some women complain of its stiffness, lack of breath-ability and the fabric irritates the skin.
- Another drawback is replacing the cover after laundering can be quite a struggle.
- The pillow is a little on the pricey side.
Other than my complaint with the cover, I absolutely loved my Leachco Snoogle during my pregnancy. I was able to sleep better throughout the entire night, it even became my partner on the couch. Thank you Leachco for inventing this; this pillow is really a back, leg, neck and life saver!
Best All Around Body Support Pillow
Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow
Moms-to-be who likes to roll over different sides during sleep will love the Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow. With it’s clever U shaped design, there’s no need to readjust the pillow as you turn from side to side.
- The large, U shaped design contours to the body so your back, hips, shoulders, belly and knees are always supported at all times.
- There’s no need to re-adjust the position of the pillow when you turn over to sleep on your other side.
- It is specifically designed to help relieve carpal tunnel, sciatica, gastric reflux, and nasal congestion.
- The cover is removable and machine washable.
- A great pillow that holds it shape and can even be used after pregnancy as a nursing pillow.
- It provides great lumbar and infant support when breastfeeding in a seated, upright position.
The Not So Good
- It is a pretty large pillow and if you don’t have a large enough bed, your significant other may be left with little space.
- The pillow cover is 65% polyester and 35% cotton which some users found it scratchy or uncomfortable.
- It is more expensive than the original Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow.
Prior to getting the Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, I had been sleeping badly, turning and tossing around, and generally misearable for the first weeks of my second trimester. After I started using the pillow, I haven’t have trouble sleeping since and I feel much more rested. It also relieves a lot of little aches and pains, especially if you put it between your knees. I highly recommend it.
Best Inexpensive Maternity Pillow
Boppy Prenatal Sleep Wedge
The Boppy Prenatal Sleep Wedge is the perfect pillow for the frugal mom who wants a versatile maternity cushion for her back and belly. Portable and compact, it also makes it easy to travel with if you need to be away from home a lot during your pregnancy.
- The contoured design help support your growing belly and back while elevating some of the pressure off of your hips when sleeping on your side.
- Takes up less space than most pregnancy pillows.
- Made out of firm foam and its slipcover makes it super easy to remove and clean.
- Lightweight, easy to pack, move or travel with.
- Low cost.
- You can also use this slanted shaped pillow after pregnancy to raise the baby’s head or for assisted tummy time.
The Not So Good
- The fact that it is only a wedge means it can only be used for one trouble spot at a time.
- It has to be readjusted every time you turn from side to side.
- The cover is vinyl which is not very breathable or comfortable, though it is durable.
A pre-natal massage therapist recommended this Boppy sleep wedge when I started getting uncomfortable during sleep about halfway through my pregnancy. When I tried this pillow, the slanted shape really makes a difference and it definitely helped me get better sleep. Other than using to prop up my growing belly or between my legs to relieve some hip pain, I have also used it behind my back to keep me from laying completely flat on my back.
Will A Pregnancy Pillow Really Make Sleeping Better?
Pregnancy comes with its own set of aches and pains. Loose joints and ligaments, expanding hips and a protruding belly can throw your center of gravity off and lead to general misalignment. You may be experiencing back pain, pain along the muscles that support your lower belly, hip pain, knee pain, among other things.
While laying on your side provides support for many of your achy areas, it can cause your top leg to lay at an uncomfortable angle, and you may find that having some separation between your knees and legs is much more comfortable for your knees, hips and backs.
Having one or a few extra pillows wedged beneath your belly, behind your back, and between your knees may do the trick during the first or second trimester but as your tummy continues to grow, you may start to experience achy joints or muscles after sleeping with the regular pillows. The extra pillows can also take awhile to arrange into the right positions, or they can fall off the bed, or even become dislodged leaving mom with little or no support. That’s where a good quality pregnancy pillow comes into play; the unique design of the maternity pillow allows it to replace the arsenal of pillows you otherwise have to use to get comfortable while offering maximum support for all of the common problem spots so that you get the best sleep you can while pregnant. After all, one thing most pregnant women will agree on is that you cannot put a price on comfort.