If the torture of heartburn or constant calls of nature aren’t keeping you awake when pregnant, then tossing and turning as you try to get comfortable will. Who would have thought … a great big bump on your front makes it difficult to sleep, especially for those of us who love to sleep on our tummies or backs. Here are 15 maternity pillows to keep you supported, comfortable and sleeping through the night.
1. Side Sleeper Pro
The Side Sleeper Pro ($57) is designed to make adjusting to side sleeping easier and more comfortable by aligning your neck and back.
2. Bellybean Maternity Pillow
The Bellybean Maternity Pillow ($89) features two rounded cushion inserts that comfortably contour to the shape of mummies-to-be. It’s great for reducing painful hip and back pains by relieving strain and preventing a restless sleep. A favourite with our Mum’s Grapevine community.
3. Snoogle Total Body Pillow
The Snoogle Total Body Pillow ($89.99) is absolutely massive: it’s a full-body pillow in a horseshape that follows the contours of the body. The long midsection supports the back and tummy and the curved ends tuck snugly between the knees. Kinda like a very skinny, squishy partner giving you a cuddle.
4. Butterfly Pregnancy Pillow
The Butterfly Pregnancy Pillow ($77) is similar to the Bellybean Maternity Pillow but with slightly wider and thicker sides. The pillow prevents rolling and discomfort and provides support for the side sleeping position. The pillow is Australian-made and is bacteria, dust mite, mould and mildew resistant so it’s ideal for allergy sufferers.
5. Mamaway Memosorb Pillow
The Mamaway Memosorb Pillow ($129.95) is a multi-function pillow that grows with you and your bub. The pillow is a curvy shape with adjustable hooks that connect to create a ring shape, or undo the hooks and the curved pillow is great for supporting your head whilst side sleeping, breastfeeding and supporting your feet. Open the pillow out a little more and use it as a full body pillow to support your hips and knees. We love the cover of this pillow too, quite charming!
6. Cuddle Up Body Pillow
The Cuddle Up Body Pillow ($99) is a big ‘un, cocooning around you like a lovely hug. The body pillow follows the natural contour and shape of your body and supports the abdomen and back, it’s great for relieving painful pressure points and elevating the shoulders, arms, legs, feet to reduce swelling.
7. Cradletight Maternity Support Cushion
The Cradletight Maternity Support Cushion ($59.95) was designed by Australian Glen Racovolis during his wife’s pregnancy: no matter how she arranged the many pillows she had, nothing seemed to alleviate the weight of the baby and discomfort as she rested or slept on her side. The pillow is specifically shaped to comfort and support mums-to-be during the second and third trimester of pregnancy.
8. Ultimate Sleep Pregnancy Pillow
The Ultimate Sleep Pregnancy Pillow ($299) is a full body pillow in a horseshoe shape that supports the entire body. Unlike many of the other pillows, this one’s machine washable, retaining its shape and volume even after frequent washing and usage. Perfect for droolers! Not that we drool, we’re perfect of course.
9. Tummy Snuggler Maternity Support Cushion
The Tummy Snuggler Maternity Support Cushion ($89) is an adjustable pregnancy pillow made from memory foam. The memory foam sleeves on either side diffuse pressure to the abdomen and back, and spread the body’s load evenly, avoiding pressure points.
10. Ready2Roll Pregancy Pillow
The Ready2Roll Pregnancy Pillow ($79.95) is another pillow that supports the abdomen and back. The Ready 2 Roll pillows are quite simply very pretty – most others on the market are white or beige – and come in a choice of designs. They’re also designed to be compact for travel, so you can take one on your babymoon!
11. My Bub Pregnancy Support Pillow
The My Bub Pregnancy Support Pillow ($76.95) is a wedge shaped pillow that gently wraps around body to help support the lower back and stomach. The pillow has a water resistant, machine washable cotton cover and a rather sweet ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ pinstripe fabric.
12. Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support Pillow
The Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support Pillow ($69) supports the back, abdomen and knees without taking up all of the room in the bed.
13. Wiggy Winks Comfort Pillow
Wiggy Winks Comfort Pillow ($85) is kidney-shaped and has different “zones” that are vary in firmness. The bottom end is a little firmer for support between the knees and the top section is softer to ‘squish’ under the chest or belly. The cover is 100% cotton fabric with a moisture resistant liner and the pillow is 100% polyester fill.
14. Tetra Organic Pregnancy Pillow
One for the earth mothers, the Tetra Organic Pregnancy Pillow ($149.95) includes only natural Tetra Tea Tree Flakes as a filling.
15. Original Mumanu Pregnancy Pillow
The Original Mumanu Pregnancy Pillow ($79.99) is a side sleeper pillow that correctly aligns the hip, pelvis and spine to prevent and relieve low back pain and hip pain. The pillow was designed by a pregnancy massage specialist and is endorsed by the Osteopathic Society of New Zealand and BirthWorks International.