Growing a tiny human is a big job for our bodies and it’s quite normal that by bedtime, every bone, bump and brain cell is just about beat. But for many expecting mums, drifting off to sleep during pregnancy is harder than we’d like. And the baby-sized problem only gets bigger.
This is where pregnancy pillows come in. Designed to ease discomfort and target specific aches and pains, the right pregnancy pillow is worth its weight in gold, getting soon-to-be mums back on track towards a sound nights sleep.
What to look for when buying a pregnancy pillow
Here are some of the key things to consider when buying a pillow for pregnancy.
Size: Pregnancy pillows come in all shapes and sizes. Think about the size of your bed, your current sleeping arrangements and if there’s room for something else in Snuggletown (sorry in advance, partners!). And if you’re often travelling away from home, the size and weight will be a factor here too.
Cost: What may seem like an expensive purchase at first will no doubt save your sanity and sleep as you progress into the second and third trimesters. Think of your pregnancy pillow as a worthwhile investment – trust us.
Style: Different pregnancy pillows are designed to target different areas of the body. A full-body pillow may give completely different support to that of a butterfly pillow or a pregnancy wedge. Think about where you need help most – lower back, neck or pelvic pain, and look for a pregnancy pillow to suit those needs.
Multiple uses: Some pregnancy pillows have been designed to double up as nursing pillows once bubba is born. Having a multi-purpose pillow is a great option for new mums wanting to save a few pennies in those early months.
8 pregnancy pillows for every budget
To help you find the best pillow for pregnancy, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, they are:
The Butterfly Maternity Pillow
Looking for a maternity pillow that won’t take up the entire bed? We found it. Its unique wing design gives expecting mums support on both sides of their growing bump and prevents rolling onto your back in the middle of the night. Ideal for side sleepers, this compact little pillow helps mums-to-be rest easy all through the night.
This full-body pillow eases the aches and pains mums experience during pregnancy. From swollen feet and ankles to lower back and pelvic pain, the pillow soothes sore joints and muscles, helping them to relax while Mumma bear sleeps soundly. It’s also machine washable and will keep its huggable shape wash after wash.
Designed to be used wherever mums need it most, the pregnancy pillow from Growbright holds its shape to give sore backs, hips and bumps a much-needed break. Firm support allows for a comfortable night’s sleep and a silky-soft cover made from Tencel fabric helps to regulate the body’s temperature throughout the night. Bliss!
From snuggle companion during the more uncomfortable stages of pregnancy to mum’s best friend when her breastfeeding journey begins – this moon-shaped pillow ticks every box. Made from hypoallergenic material with temperature regulating properties, it moulds to mum’s body for optimum support and comfort all year round.
Made in Australia, the Belly Bean may be small in size but it’s BIG in benefits. Designed to keep growing bumps comfortable while supporting hips and back, it’s a favourite for Mumma bears wanting minimal disturbance for baby daddy too. Encouraging side sleeping while pregnant, Belly Bean is available in four dreamy colourways.
Pregnancy Pillow Co
Like a lovely hug, this U-shaped pillow follows the natural contour of your body to take the strain off tired joints and muscles while alleviating swelling in your legs and feet. Designed for infinite comfort options, it supports the abdomen and back while aligning the hips to help improve posture as that precious baby bump grows.
Say bye-bye to backache with the Snoogle. This uniquely shaped pregnancy pillow takes the place of multiple pillows to end disrupted sleep and ease unwelcomed discomfort during the night. Available in six soft colourways, it’s removable sham-style cover is machine washable too.
A body and baby support pillow designed to provide mum with cloud-like comfort during the later stages of pregnancy. Its simple design, high-performance fill and organic cotton cover combine for a restful night’s sleep, so mum wakes feeling refreshed and ready for another day.
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Read next …
Looking for more maternity must-haves? From feeding pillows and the perfect sports bra to nourishing creams for that growing bump, here are a few articles that you might like to read next:
- 6 nursing pillows for ultimate feeding comfort
- 19 stretch mark creams other mums recommend
- 5 prenatal vitamins and supplements for pregnancy
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