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As your pregnancy progresses, you will notice your that tummy will continue to expand (and if it doesn’t, lucky you!) Many other moms are jealous. Your new size will bring with it a whole new set of challenges, one of which is sleeping comfortably. A pregnancy pillow is just be the product you need to get a super comfortable sleep while pregnant.

A pregnancy pillow is agreat investment for everyone that shares your bed. If you can’t sleep at night then your tossing and turning will no doubt keep your partner awake too. Trust me on this, your partner will likely love your new pregnancy pillow more than you do!

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Now there is no point rushing out and buying any old pregnancy pillow. You need to find one suitable for your situation. By using this guide you will be able to identify the best pregnancy pillow for you and be well on your way to a good nights rest.

Guess what? There are a bunch of different pregnancy pillows, also known as maternity pillows, that you can choose from. Different sizes, styles and shapes. Lets take a look at the variety of pregnancy pillows available as well as the pros and cons of each.

The pregnancy wedge pillow is essentially a wedge (the name was a dead giveaway, wasn’t it?). It slides in under your back or tummy to deliver much needed support throughout the night.

Pregnancy wedges are one of the cheapest pregnancy pillow solutions available. Many mothers like pregnancy wedges because they are still practical after giving birth. Getting comfortable watching television? Yep. Propping your regular pillow up? Yep. You do not have to be pregnant to enjoy a pregnancy wedge pillow.

The wedge design also allows you to use it in a variety of different positions:

Some expectant mothers even use the pregnancy wedge to help hold a hot water bottle or heat pack against their side.

Pregnancy wedges are available in two different styles:

Round pregnancy wedge pillow

The rounded wedge looks like a filled in crescent moon.

Triangular pregnancy wedge pillow

The triangular wedge resembles a wedge of cheese.

The appeal of pregnancy wedges is that they do not take up much room in your bed. You know what that means? Your partner to be will still be able to comfortably sleep in the same bed as you. Wedges are the smallest type of pregnancy pillow available.

Due to the smaller size of pregnancy wedge pillows, you will still require a separate pillow for your head to rest on while you sleep. An advantage of the smaller size is that wedge pregnancy pillows are perfect for travelling while pregnant.

One of the downfalls of pregnancy wedge pillows is that they are inconsistent in their design. The steepness of the slope will vary from brand to brand. As a result many women have different preferences when it comes to wedge shaped pregnancy pillows. I have listed my favorite pregnancy pillow in thebuyer guide further down this article.

As the name hints, the pillow is wedged underneath you. Below you can see a pregnancy wedge in action; propping up a bulging belly.

Lets take a look at the pros and cons of pregnancy wedge pillows:

As the name suggests, full length pregnancy pillows run along the length of your body. Also known as body pillows, this style is always straight. While they are great to cuddle, they do provide less support for your back than other styles of pregnancy pillow.

Full length pregnancy pillows take the place of using multiple regular pillows along the side of your body. The advantage of the full length pregnancy pillow is that it is a single unit that stays in place. Using multiple regular pillows will see them scatter throughout your bed as you toss and turn through the night.

Full length pregnancy pillows are available in two different styles:

Straight full length pregnancy pillow

The straight type looks like a regular pillow only much, much longer.

Flexible full length pregnancy pillow

The flexible type resembles a much larger version of a draft stopper.

The flexible full length pillows actually bend and conform into whatever shape you want. The more expensive flexible pillows will contain microbeads while the cheaper variety contains standard styrofoam balls (similar to a bean bag). Microbeads make for a much more supportive filling than standard styrofoam.

The straight full length body pillows on the other hand will not easily bend or twist (similar to the pillow you that your head rests on at night).

Unlike smaller pregnancy pillows, the full length variety is designed to be hugged and cuddled. One way to sleep is to place your legs and arms around it with the center of the pillow supporting your mid section like below.

Total body pillows wrap around the exterior of your pregnant body, resulting in a superior support. These pillows are generally around 5 or 6 feet long, big enough for most people to easily curl up inside.

Not only does the body pillow hug your frontpillowcase baby, but also your back as well. If you awake with a sore back each morning then the extra spinal support offered by a total body pregnancy pillow is just what you need.

Total body pregnancy pillows are available in two different styles:

C-shaped pregnancy pillows

Resembles the shape of the letter C.

U-shaped pregnancy pillow

Resembles the shape of the letter U.

As you can see, each style of total body pillow is named after the letter it resembles. Despite both styles being total body pillows, they are both slept in very differently.

The C-shape is designed to be used in a riding position. The base of the C is saddled between your legs while the top of the C is used to rest your head. Your back nestles into the curve of the C, which helps relieve pressure placed upon your spine.

Below is an example of how you would use a C-shaped pregnancy pillow to get comfortable.

A U shaped pillow is designed to be straddled (as if you were a koala in a tree). Since the U shape offers support for both sides, this pillow is suitable for those of you who enjoy sleeping on your back but can no longer do so due to your larger belly.

Like the C shaped pregnancy pillow, the U style offers support for the head, back and legs.

Below is an example of how you would use a U shaped pregnancy pillow to get comfortable.

Knowing the different types of pregnancy pillows is only half the battle. Lets take a look at what you will need to know when comparing one pregnancy pillow to another.

Guess what? As your pregnancy continues you are going to experience some sweaty nights courtesy of those raging pregnancy hormones. Unfortunately this sweat will not only be absorbed by your bed sheets but your pregnancy pillow as well.

Due to their bulky size, pregnancy pillows are not easy to clean. A removable cover will allow you to easily wash your pregnancy pillow. The more popular pillow brands sell spare covers separately so that you can still use your pillow at night while your washed cover dries.

Covers that fasten by buttons or press studs will quickly get annoying. A zip or simple slip on cover will make removal a much simpler process.

Lets explore the different fillings that manufacturers use to keep your pregnancy pillow comfortable and supportive.

You know those small white balls you find in a bean bag? They are Styrofoam balls and they are also commonly found in cheaper pregnancy pillows. Styrofoam filling allows pillows to easily adapt to your body shape and lightweight. The downside is they do tend to make noise as you move around the pregnancy pillow.

Polyester fiber is soft and doesn’t make any noise. The amount of polyester fiber used in a pregnancy pillow will determine the firmness. While polyester is a very popular filling in pregnancy pillows, it does not breath as well as other fillings.

Micro-beads are incredibly fine balls approximately 1/32 inch wide (pretty small, huh?). Pregnancy pillows made from micro-beads feel like they have sand inside them. Unlike sand, micro-beads are incredibly lightweight; allowing you to carry around your pregnancy pillow with ease. Micro-beads offer almost no noise and are much more supportive than standard Styrofoam balls.

Memory foam pregnancy pillows take the shape of your body as it presses against it. Once your weight is lifted of the pillow, the memory foam regains its original shape. Pregnancy pillows containing memory foam filling are generally quite firm. Since memory foam can cause heat to build up, some manufacturers shred it prior to using it in pregnancy pillow filling. The shredded memory foam still allows air to circulate inside it, helping reducing that hot feeling.

If you want to keep your pregnancy as natural as possible then you will definitely be on the look out for a pregnancy pillow to suit. Natural fillings include:

Remember, just because a pregnancy pillow uses natural filling does not necessarily make it organic.

Oh… One more thing regarding the filling of the pillow:

Depending on the material inside the pillow; you may find that your pregnancy pillow has a “new” smell. If this is the case, simply air the pillow out for a few days prior to use and the majority of the smell should disappear.

This was touched on in the filling section above. Some fillings and covers are noisier than others. When I refer to the noise I mean the sound your pillow makes as you move your head and body over it. You don’t want a pillow that crinkles and rustles so loudly that it will wake you in the middle of the night.

Pay attention to the filling and fabric of the pillow and avoid any that are overly loud when you place your head to them.

The changes your body goes through during pregnancy can actually make you more sensitive to fibers and materials that previously had no effect on you. Isn’t pregnancy wonderful? **Rolls eyes**

A hypoallergenic pregnancy pillow will allow you to sleep at night without triggering allergies. If you had breathing complications, asthma or allergy sensitivities prior to pregnancy then a hypoallergenic pillow is definitely a must.

Before you jump in and buy that pregnancy pillow it is important that you consider its size. If the pillow is too big then your partner will definitely be sleeping on the couch.

Take into consideration the size of the pregnancy pillow vs. the size of your bed. The larger your bed, the bigger the pregnancy pillow you can fit between you and your partner.

Size also comes down to personal preference. Some women enjoy literally swimming in their pregnancy pillow. Others prefer it smaller. Take your preference into consideration when choosing a pregnancy pillow.

A lot of people have a love for soft pillows. When choosing a pregnancy pillow it is best that this affection is put to the side. A firmer pregnancy pillow will provide more support than a softer one. While a firm pregnancy pillow may seem uncomfortable at first, you will quickly get used to it.

When you wake up, pay attention to your aches and pains. In particular, the areas in which these pains are coming from.

If unsupported, the following parts of your body may become stiff or sore overnight:

Now for the tricky part. You need to determine whether your aches and pains are from not being properly supported through the night or from some other non-sleep related issue (poor posture, improper lifting technique, etc.). If you have lower back and knee pain for instance, it may be that you need agood pair of shoes for pregnancyinstead.

If the soreness definitely arises from sleeping then you will want to look for a pregnancy pillow that supports these aching body parts in particular.

In this section we will examine the most popular and best pregnancy pillows available in each category. These pillows are adored by pregnant women the world over and are considered the best in their class.

The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow is one of the most popular pregnancy pillows around. The has been on the market for well over 10 years and is a very comfortable pregnancy pillow.

The unique C shape allows you to sleep with this pregnancy pillows in numerous positions. Don’t look over this pregnancy pillow if you are on the short side (around the 5’ mark). Many petite women love this pregnancy pillow saying the extra length allows them to better position the pillow as their body changes.

My one gripe with this pillow is the lack of a zippered cover (I love pregnancy pillows with zip on covers, the ease in which you can remove the cover is a blessing). Leachco does have aversion with a zipbut you will have to be prepared to pay extra for it.

I am a fan of any product that is manufactured right here in the USA. Leachco does not disappoint; this pregnancy pillow is proudly made on American soil.

Turn left. Turn right. Whatever way you turn to get comfortable you will be able to sleep in the same position thanks to the mirrored shape of the pillow. With this pillow sharing your bed you are bound to find a comfortable position.

Leachco have gone all out on this pregnancy pillow. You can even lock the open end together and use it as a nursing pillow. No, seriously… check it out!

Straight up, this is a very large pillow (if you are 6 foot it will still go past your knees). The extra size may prove daunting at first but it actually allows you to climb into all sorts of comfortable positions that are simply not possible on a smaller pillow.

Like the previous pregnancy pillow by Leachco, this one is also made right here in the USA.

My one gripe with this pregnancy pillow is that while the cover easily comes off, it can be somewhat of a chore to put back on. With practice you will find the best way to replace the cover (a scrunching the cover technique worked best for me). It’s a shame Leachco didn’t incorporate a zipper into this pillow. Even with this small downside it is still easily the best U-shaped pregnancy pillow on the market.

Lightweight and versatile, the boppy pregnancy wedge is one of the cheapest pregnancy pillows available. Don’t let the price fool you, this is one very effective pregnancy pillow.

Since the idea behind a pregnancy wedge is support, this pillow is quite firm which some expectant mothers are not used to. The firmness is necessary as a common problem with softer wedges is that they compress and flatten a little too much.

The core of the pregnancy pillow is polyurethane foam. Covering the foam is a thick cotton cover with a slick finish.

Thanks to a sturdy zipper, the cover can easily be removed for washing in seconds. Simply peel the cover off after a sweaty night and throw it through a washing cycle. An advantage of the wedges smaller size is that the cover is incredibly easy to replace.

Coop Home Goods have paid an incredible amount of attention to detail with this pregnancy pillow. The result? An premium pregnancy pillow that will keep you super comfortable through the duration of your pregnancy.

Measuring 60 inches long, this pregnancy pillow runs along the length of your body. Simply wrap yourself around it for support.

Made from shredded memory foam, the pregnancy pillow will conform to your body’s unique shape; providing support where you need it most. The cover is made from a combination of polyester and bamboo. The result is a super soft material that allows air to easily circulate through it; keeping you cool. The materials used make this a 100% hypoallergenic pregnancy pillow; great for those of you with allergies.

This pillow is low maintenance. You can throw the whole pillow through the wash. Yep, you read that right. When washing time comes simply open the door on your washing machine and toss the whole pillow in. No annoying covers to remove? A winner in my book.

It is worth noting: since the memory foam inside the pillow is shredded it may be a little but lumpy. Do not be put off by this, after a few minutes of use the pillow will slowly start to shape itself to your body. The longer you use this pillow the softer it will get.

This memory foam pregnancy pillow is made right here in the USA. Coop Home Goods supports the pillow with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and even offers a 5 year limited warranty.

Below we will take a look at the different body types and sleeping positions that can have an impact on your choice in pregnancy pillow.

Many moms with twins or more recommend U shaped pregnancy pillows. The larger pillow size helps provide support where you need it most due to your larger than normal tummy. Any ofthese U-shaped pregnancy pillowswould be a fine choice.

So you live on the larger size of life, who cares? You are still beautiful and should still have a comfortable sleep while pregnant. Many forums report that the c-shape is the best pregnancy pillow for plus sized women. Its asymmetrical shape allows will give you the most choice when it comes to positioning the pillow around your body. Check outthese C-shaped pregnancy pillowsto find the perfect one for you.

Just because you are a little on the shorter side doesn’t mean that you cannot have a comfortable night sleep while pregnant. While using a larger pregnancy pillow is not a problem, many petite women prefer a pillow that they will not swim in. Popular petite sized pregnancy pillows include theLeahco Snoogle Mini Compactand thePetite Total Body Pillow

If you sleep on your side then you will find it the easiest to get comfortable at night while pregnant. It is commonly recommended that you sleep on your side during pregnancy. As a result there are a huge amount of pregnancy pillows to choose from that encourage comfortable side sleeping.

Sadly, pregnancy means that you will be unable to continue sleeping on your back past the first trimester. Back sleepers are a unique breed that find it quite uncomfortable when forced to sleep on their side. If this is you then you will have a tendency to naturally roll onto your back during your sleep.

To combat this, back sleepers should look for a pregnancy pillow that pushes against their back. The feel of weight against the back can feel reassuring to back sleepers and help them fall asleep even when on their side. Both theSnoogleand theBack ‘n Bellyare suitable pillows for providing weight against the back.

Tummy sleepers rejoice. I am going to let you in on a secret. You can sleep on your stomach and be comfortable while pregnant. How? Using the pregnancy cushion shown below.

Now this pregnancy pillow is actually designed to be used by a massage therapist. This pillow allows the massage therapist to give their clients massages comfortably during the later stages of pregnancy. That said; this is an incredibly comfortable solution for stomach sleeping while pregnant.

There are, however a few drawbacks:

If you have tried everything, know that sleeping on your stomach is the solution, and you want the best of the best, then by all means go ahead and get it.

Below I will cover the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy pillows. If you have a pregnancy pillow question, ask it in the comments section below this article.

A pregnancy pillow is a pillow specifically designed to provide support to your pregnant body during pregnancy. Pregnancy pillows are also commonly known as maternity pillows.

While a regular pillow will offer some support and much needed relief, you will not be as comfortable as you could be. You will find that your regular pillow does not conform to your new shape correctly and does not offer adequate support. Regular pillows also have a nasty habit of sliding around your bed as you move around in your sleep.

That said, if you have found success with using a regular pillow, then stick with it. Unfortunately many other women have not had your luck and require a pregnancy pillow to get a comfortable nights rest.

You may be tossing up as to whether or not a pregnancy pillow is an essential piece of pregnancy gear. Some women swear by them while others have gotten by just fine without one.

If you are nodding your head at any of the above points then a pregnancy pillow can have a hugely positive impact on your sleep while pregnant.

Pregnancy pillows are designed to support your bodies new size and shape. While pregnancy pillows have curves and contours; body pillows are long and straight. While some people mothers to be can still get comfortable with a body pillow, many prefer the unique shape of a pregnancy pillow.

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Jess Miller is a loving mother that wants to help other parents by giving them helpful parenting tips and reviewing the best products for their children to save them time, money, and hassle.

Jane Adams says

June 18, 2015 at 12:17 am

Thanks for the great information!

Jess Miller says

June 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm

Hi Jane,

I am glad you found the guide informative. Now go out there and choose the perfect pregnancy pillow for you.

Keep being awesome!

Katrina says

March 1, 2016 at 4:45 am

I’;ve got a c shaped pregnancy pillow. Love it! But how would you recommend cleaning it. It didnt neccessarily come with a guide of “;cleaning directions”; lol

H. F. says

July 27, 2015 at 6:01 am

Thanks for all the info. It got me thinking more clearly. But I can’;t decide between the snoogle and the back n belly. (After searching and reading the reviews I decided that leachco it is) now I see I wasn’;t wrong. Still need to decide. Hope you can help.

Jess Miller says

July 27, 2015 at 6:43 am

Hi H.F.

Unfortunately I cannot help you decide on the best pregnancy pillow for you. The ideal pregnancy pillow is very dependent on personal circumstances. what works best for one mom will be just awful for another. Just consider the following; Snoogle vs. Back n Belly

Space –; The snoogle will take up much less space than the Back n belly. If you have a king sized bed then it may not be a problem but if you have a queen or smaller then your husband had better start looking for somewhere else to sleep.

How you sleep –; If you find yourself constantly swapping sides during the night then the Back n Belly will provide you with the the same support regardless of which direction you face. If you only sleep on one side then the snoogle will be perfect, even with it’;s irregular shape.

Hope this helps!

Keep being awesome!

Sharon says

January 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

I loved this article! It was so informative. Thank you. I was on the fence between the Snoogle and the Back N Belly but you’;ve helped me make my final decision, Snoogle it is! My only question is I was thinking of getting a nursing pillow before the 2 weeks of sleepless nights and caved to get myself the body pillow and so since I’;m spending so much on the Snoogle do you think I can use this as a nursing pillow as well?

KC says

June 6, 2016 at 3:11 am

I was tossing and turning every night until last night (28 weeks) when my coworker surprised me with the memory foam body pillow. It has helped tremendously, no back or shoulder pains and I actually woke up feeling well rested!

Amy Watson says

September 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Hi! I am 16 weeks pregnant and mostly sleep on my back and I know that needs to stop. I like to continue to use my own pillow for my head and neck support, so I am only interested in a pregnancy pillow for back/hip/tummy support. The picture at the very top seems to have the pillow I would be interested in buying, but your article doesn’;t mention what pillow that is, unless I am missing something. Thank you!

Cathy says

March 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm

This is EXACTLY me. Did you ever get a response or find something that worked for you?

Saher says

October 9, 2016 at 2:44 am

Hello.

Leachco Back ‘;N Belly Original Contoured Body Pillow –; Is this hypoallergenic ?

Cheri C. Gardner says

November 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

This is the perfect guide I think pregnant women should read before going after a pregnancy pillow. I’;m currently using body pillow but soon I’;m going to purchase the pregnancy pillow.

N.p. says

November 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

Just wondering have you ever used it after pregnancy and if so is it still comfortable?

Sulaimon says

January 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

Thanks for the info highly insightful

Dale says

February 10, 2017 at 3:09 am

Very informative and helpful for a first-timer like me! Thank you so much!

Alyssa T. says

May 15, 2018 at 2:06 pm

I could never get a good nights sleep during the last 5 months of my pregnancy until I purchased the Leachco Back ‘;N Belly Contoured Body Pillow. It provides terrific support for my stomach and in between my legs. I tried other body pillows but this one is the best. It is pretty big but that’;s ok and it’;s definitely worth the money.

Jess Miller says

May 16, 2018 at 9:53 am

Thanks, Alyssa for your great feedback! I had a lot of trouble sleeping too and bought the same pillow. I’;m glad you’;re sleeping much better now. It really does make a big difference.

Victoria Rivera says

May 18, 2018 at 11:25 am

My husband bought me the Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow for my second pregnancy because I always had such a hard time getting comfortable at bedtime. It is such a great pillow and I won’;t sleep without it now. I highly recommend it to anyone struggling with comfort during pregnancy.

Jess Miller says

May 21, 2018 at 11:32 am

Thanks, Victoria for your great feedback! I’;m really glad your husband bought you the Leacho Snoogle Pillow and it’;s helping you get a good nights sleep.

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