Updated October 15, 2020
5 Benefits of Pregnancy Pillows:
1. Relieves low back pain.
It is estimated that up to 80% of women experience pregnancy-related low back pain. Many women have found that a pregnancy pillow can offer tremendous relief of low back pain, particularly when carrying twins or triplets.
2. Improves maternal-fetal circulation.
Your developing baby receives oxygen and nutrients through the maternal-fetal circulation. Optimal blood flow through this circulatory system is best when pregnant women lie on their left side.
See our article on Left-sided sleeping position during pregnancy.(This post clearly demonstrates how blood flow is affected when mom is moved onto her left side.)
3. Prolongs sleep duration and quality.
This decreases fatigue many pregnant women experience particularly during the second and third trimester.
4. Maternal comfort.
Pregnancy pillows reduce the strain on ligaments around various joints. and less impingement on nerves that cause pain during pregnancy. The comfort can be dramatic such that you will want to continue using the pillow long after you deliver.
Don’t be surprised if you find your partner on the computer in the middle of the night ordering one for his/her self. They can be addictive.
5. Prevents tossing and turning.
Especially during the third trimester, keeping you positioned on your left side.
What to look for in a pregnancy pillow:
Is the cover removable?
You will want to wash the cover periodically.
What is the pillow filled with?
There are many fillers and we all have our favorite: Microbeads, Memory Foam, Polyester, Styrofoam, Organic (bamboo), Buckwheat, etc..
Is the pillow considered a therapeutic pillow?
Therapeutic pillows offer better support for the neck and consist of two compartments, a water pouch surrounded by memory foam.
Does the size conform to you properly?
You don’t want to get a pillow that is too small for you. Some taller women find that longer u-shaped pillows work better for them.
Is it durable?
You will likely be using it long after your baby is born.
If you have allergies, is it hypoallergenic?
You will want to check what the pillow is made out of and stuffed with to be sure it won’t cause you to have an allergic reaction.
Is the pregnancy pillow noisy or does it have an odor?
Based on the filler, some pillows can be noisy (styrofoam, buckwheat) or have a chemical smell (some memory pillows can have a chemical odor).
How it suits your sleep position?
The proper sleep position during pregnancy is on your left side.
Do you prefer pillows that are firm or hard?
This is simply a personal preference.
What pillow size do you need?
Pillows for twins are available (so be thinking ahead).
Our Top 5 Picks For Best Pregnancy Pillows:
Developed by a Registered Nurse and Mom
100% Jersey Knit Cotton Cover
Premium Filling Retains Fluffiness
The Queen Rose U-shaped full body pillow is among the most popular pregnancy pillows. It is one of the largest pregnancy pillows and is a favorite for tall women.
Firm and Plush
Premium Synthetic Down, Hypoallergenic, Odorless
Other pregnancy-related posts you might like:
- The Benefits Of A Full Body Pregnancy Pillow
- 9 Steps To Better Sleep During Pregnancy
- 10 Tips To Fight Fatigue During Pregnancy
Always discuss any pregnancy concerns (insomnia, back pain, swelling, etc.) with your doctor.
If you have any questions about what type of pillow to select, you can visit our article listed above about the benefits of a full-body pregnancy pillow.
Common Questions About Pregnancy Pillows:
When should I start using a pregnancy pillow?
During pregnancy, the uterus reaches the level of your navel by the 2oth week. This is when many pregnant women will start to notice the effect of their pregnancy on sleep position and comfort. This is also a good time to start sleeping on your left side for reasons we discuss in our article about Left-sided Sleep During Pregnancy. Best of all, a pregnancy pillows will help you maintain a left-sided sleeping position.
*In reality, any time can be the right time to start using a pregnancy pillow. In fact, there are many people, both men and women, who use full-body pillows (pregnancy pillows) all the time for comofort.
Is it better to use a C-shaped or U-shaped pregnancy pillow?
Ultimately, what pillow you choose will be determined by your body stature and sleeping habits (ie. side-sleeper or back-sleeper). Side-sleepers will choose either a C or U-shaped pillow, depending on which one provides more comfort. Back sleepers tend to prefer a U-shaped pillow to maintain a left-sided sleeping position.
Are pregnancy pillows worth it?
For most pregnant women, once they use a pregnancy pillow they wonder how they ever got along without one. The support, comfort and alleviation of low back and hip pain due to the proper anatomical positioning provided by a pregnancy pillow can be dramatic. These benefits of a pregnancy pillow can also result in a better quality and duration of sleep.