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Choosing a Pregnancy Pillow

Katlyn Joy | 9, November 2014


Probably before you became pregnant, you never heard of many of the products you now realize are essentials. Once you try a pregnancy pillow, it's likely to become one of those essentials. Pregnancy pillows help ease the discomforts that typically interfere with a pregnant woman's good night's sleep. They may support the back, help mom lie on her side with support, or go under the tummy for support there. Large ones can be contorted to support multiple parts of the body at once. This can be a big help for those who have swollen feet, aching backs, or need some extra comfort.

What to Look for in a Pregnancy Pillow

The main issue of course, is comfort. You need to consider how you'll want to use the pillow, both now and in the future. Many women keep their pregnancy pillows until the kid is entering middle school. Others use them for nursing sessions with baby.

If you think you'd like the pillow to outlast your pregnancy, be certain the pillow is sturdy and well-constructed. Ease of cleaning is another important factor. Lots of pillows have removable and washable covers.

reathability is another important feature, since you're likely to get hot at night now. Finally, keep in mind any materials you might be sensitive or allergic to.

Our Favorite Pillows

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow.

This pillow was designed by a Registered Nurse and mother. A bestseller, the Snoogle provides support to hips, back, neck and tummy. It has a removable washable cover for ease of laundering.

Leachco Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper.

It weighs under 3 pounds and is about 22 inches by 28 inches. The Mini conforms to your body and helps you align your hips when side sleeping. It also works perfectly to support your back as well as baby during nursing sessions.

My Brest Friend Pregnancy Wedge.

Sometimes you don't need a pillow the size of a spouse. This pillow is for those times. It's wedge-shaped and weighs about half a pound. The wedge gives you support under your tummy, or behind the back, depending on your need at the time. It is easy to carry with you everywhere and has a soft cotton cover.

KHOMO Extra Light Full Body Maternity Pillow with Easy On-Off Zippered Cover.

The distinguishing features of this maternity pillow is the fact that it is a whole body one, but it is noticeably thinner and lighter than the average body maternity pillow. It also has a cover that zips off, a nice touch for busy, or tired moms or moms-to-be.

Leachco Back n Belly.

This full body support pillow features an easy zippered cover that can be machine washed. It also is meant to be used by either back or side sleepers. One other plus is that you can give mom head support to prevent reflux, a big problem for pregnant women.

DEX Products Pregnancy Pillow.

This wedge-shaped pillow can be used easily for back or tummy support. You could also use it under the legs or feet to help with swelling. It is small and light, just a little over 10 ounces, so you can grab it and go anywhere. It's also quite affordable.

Boppy Pregnancy Bolster.

This pillow is a bit different from the others listed here already. It's a round, bolster pillow that you can use under your neck, legs, behind the back or under tummy. It also has a therapy pocket for cool or heat, depending on your needs. Easy to wash and so small it's portable, the bolster can be a great comfort to go.

Leachco Preggle Comfort Air-Flow Body Pillow.

This body pillow is substantial at 5 pounds, and is shaped more like a candy cane than the usual U shape. It also has an unusual feature of adjustable bands to shape and allow for ventilation when using the pillow.

Sleeper Keeper Mini Maternity Pillow.

This is a good compromise between a hulking body pillow and a little bolster. This pillow weighs less than 3 pounds and has a removable washable cover. It is horse shoe shaped.

Best Rest Pregnancy Comfort Wedge Set by Leachco.

This is an entirely different system for sleep. It looks rather like two wedge pillows connected by a soft strap. It allows for multiple positions to grow with you and change with your needs.

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