5 Benefits of Pregnancy Pillows
- Improves back pain. It is estimated that up to 80% of women experience back pain in the lumbar region (not related to an underlying medical problem). For this situation, the best pregnancy pillows can offer significant relief, particularly when carrying twins or triplets.
- Improves blood circulation, to your developing baby by maintaining a left-sided sleeping position throughout the night. See our article on left-sided sleeping position during pregnancy. The post clearly demonstrates why there is an improvement of blood flow to the placenta and fetus when lying on one’s left side.
- Prolongs sleeping time, leaving you feeling well-rested the next day.
- Maternal comfort as a result of proper anatomic alignment, there is less strain on ligaments and less impingement on nerves that are Impinged on 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.
- Prevents tossing and turning, especially during your third trimester and for those carrying twins or triplets.
What to look for in a pregnancy pillow:
- Is the cover removable? No doubt 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? (Full length etc.)
- Is it durable? You will likely be using it long after your baby is born?
- If you have allergies, is it hypoallergenic?
- 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, understanding that 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!
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 you may have (insomnia, back pain, swelling, etc.) with your doctor. Though the pillows listed are believed to be among the best pregnancy pillows, there are many other pillows to choose from.
Most of the pregnancy pillows you will find during your search will help you sleep better. This is particularly true during the third trimester. 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.