Peace Through Pregnancy: The 4 Best Pregnancy Pillows for Women Who Need Sleep
Sleepless nights. Restless legs. Aches. Pains. Extreme pressure. Pregnancy can look, feel and sound a lot like torture. (And sometimes it is.) Just the added weight of the baby alone can be enough to make your legs shake and your back burn.
And though there’s not a cure-all for the many ailments that arise during pregnancy — except birth, of course — there is one item that many a mom has turned to to help alleviate some of that stress and strain: the pregnancy pillow.
Because what better way to celebrate your budding bundle of joy than with a restful night’s sleep?
Sleep is Essential: Why Pregnancy Pillows are Important
As many of us already know, and can attest to, experts state that the average person requires at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night in order to function with any kind of accuracy.
And that’s an average person. Not a pregnant one.
Though there isn’t a specific number of hours a pregnant woman should be getting a night — it varies, depending on the mom-to-be — it’s been suggested that you or your loved one, who ever’s carrying, should be adding at least 2 to 3 extra hourly Z’s to whatever your average might have been before the bump.
But it’s not always that easy, is it? What with all the changes. The physical ones. The mental ones. The hormonal ones. The stress. The strain. Everything. It’s hard enough take a ninety-second nap sometimes, let alone sleep solidly for hours on end.
And you’re not alone, either. So don’t worry. According to the Sleep Foundation, a reported 78% of women say that their sleep is disturbed during pregnancy. That’s why a good pregnancy pillow can be such a life changer.
Wedging one between your ankles or knees can relieve joint pressure and improve circulation. Sleeping with one placed gently beneath your belly can also keep your baby’s growing weight from tugging on your back. Not only that, but the full-sized kind can even discourage back sleeping — which can be uncomfortable, and sometimes hazardous.
And though some might settle for a king-sized, run-of-the-mill type pillow to help curb some of their discomfort, or pile a bunch of cheap regular ones up like The Princess and the Pea, only pregnancy pillows are designed to assist and support those pregnancy-sized posture problems.
Top Selling Pregnancy Pillows Reviews of 2015
|Name / Image||Learn More||Brand||Rating||Item Weight||Product Dimensions||Origin||Material Type||Best uses|
The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow Review
|view pricefull review||Leachco||5.5 pounds||60 x 24.8 x 7.2 inches||USA||Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free, BPA Free||prenatal & postnatal pillows and covers|
Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow Review
|view pricefull review||Leachco||7 pounds||51 x 33.5 x 8.8 inches||USA||Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free, BPA Free||prenatal & postnatal pillows and covers|
Today’s Mom Cozy Comfort Pregnancy Pillow 2015 Review
|view pricefull review||Leachco||2 Pounds||56 x 9 x 32 inches||USA||Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free, BPA Free||prenatal & postnatal pillows and covers|
Snoogle Chic Jersey Total Body Pillow 2015 Review
|view pricefull review||Leachco||4.2 pounds||26 x 17.1 x 8 inches||USA||100% Jersey Cotton||prenatal & postnatal pillows and covers|
Pregnancy Pillows: What to Look For
No two babies are the same. Not even twins. And the mothers that carry them experience a wide array of aches, pains and ailments during their sometimes 40 weeks of maternity.
As a result, pregnancy pillows can be just as unique.
Shapes. Styles. Sizes. Stuffing. Here’s a quick guide to help you filter through all the fluff.
Before you start thinking about buying anything, you should first ask yourself this question, what hurts and why?
Is your back being bullied by your belly? Are your ankles angry about all that extra water weight? Is your child already proving to be a pain in the neck?
Different pregnancy pillows work for different reasons. If your pain is centralized, located in exclusively in your back or legs, then you might want to consider a wedge.
If your pain appears to be everywhere, however — which happens more often than not, especially in that last trimester — then you’ll want to go with a full body pregnancy pillow, one that supports your neck, your knees, your ankles and your back.
From just-between-the-knees to bogarting the bulk of your bed, pregnancy pillows come in a wide variety of sizes.
So if you’re sleeping in a twin-sized bed, or if you have a husband or a loved one that requires at least a small sliver of space to sleep, then you might want to avoid the biggest of the big.
Otherwise, treat yourself.
Cotton. Fibers. Microbeads. Spelt (an all-natural seed-like bead, also known as dinkel wheat). What goes into your pregnancy pillow is about as vast and as various as the number of nutrients in a prenatal vitamin.
And though you’ll never know the comfort of one or the other without cuddling up with one as you sleep, you can at least look for fullness, firmness and comfortability, as well as read for words like cradle, contour, comfy and cozy to get a better understanding of how one might save your slumber.
In addition to design, some pregnancy pillows boast some pretty unique characteristics, including overlapping ends, stylish zippers, heat retaining interior materials — for added warmth — and even specialized skins that represent your style as well as bolster better bedtime behavior — i.e. sleep!
However, the only accessory we truly recommend — since many are dependent on the aches and pains of the mommy-in-the-making — is a removable, replaceable and easily washable cover.
Not only will a newly washed, freshly smelling cover help to create the ultimate ambiance for your (hopeful) 9 to 12 hour nightly nap, but the ability to buy a new one means that, once your little one has finally arrived, you can use your über-comfy pregnancy pillow for both sleeping and nursing for a long time to come.
Pregnancy Pillows: Justifying the Price
Let’s face it, being pregnant is pricey. You have doctor’s visits, maternity wear, mementos for your baby-to-be, new shoes that fit more comfortably on your new full feet.
And that’s not even accounting for the abundance of toys, tools and equipment you’ll need once the baby has finally arrived.
So how does anyone see the $50 to $60 to $80 price tags on some of these pregnancy pillows and say, “Okay!” or click add to cart?
As we mentioned before, 78% of pregnant women complain about disturbances in their sleep. And studies have shown that getting the right amount of it can bolster the health of both the baby and the mommy-to-be by regulating blood pressure, reducing excess protein in the urine and even preventing pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension).
Now we won’t lie to you and purport that pregnancy pillows will prevent any and all pregnancy-related problems and complaints. Because they won’t.
What we will tell you however, is that when you know that you’ve done everything you can to create a safe, secure and snuggly environment for yourself — or your loved one — and your budding bundle of eventual bliss, then succumbing to sleep will be that much easier to do.
Pregnancy Pillows: The 4 Finalists
Here we are. The four finalists.
So without any further ado, presenting…
The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
First on this list is Amazon’s all-time leading maternity pillow purchase, the Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow. (And it’s no surprise as it was created by a supermom registered nurse.)
Designed to fit the contours of a pregnant woman’s burgeoning body, it boasts a horseshoe-shaped headrest, perfect for easy-to-breathe head elevation; an extra long midsection that can be cuddled, forwards or back, for belly or back support; and a wrap-around tail that tucks tightly between your ankles or knees, no matter its position.
Filled with polyester fiber, covered in a cotton/poly blend (35/65) pillowcase that’s easily removed for machine washing, The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow is both delicate and delightful and can be used to breastfeed in bed whenever your little one arrives.
The Leachco Back’N Belly Contoured Body Pillow
Take the Snoogle and stretch it out, sideways and longways, and you have yourself the Leachco Back ’N Belly Contoured Body Pillow. (Honestly, it looks like a cloud.)
The broader build of the Back ’N Belly means that, no matter the position its in, it’s always providing soft, serene, sleep-easy comfort to nearly all the achey areas of your baby building body — including the neck, the back, the knees and the ankles — all at the same time.
Filled with the same polyester fiber fluff as the Snoogle, and coated with the same removable and machine washable 35/65 cotton/poly blend pillowcase, it also boasts a softer, u-shaped head and neck area that conforms cozily to your cranium.
Or, if you prefer additional elevation, you can also overlap the two tails and sleep with your head raised — great for congestion relief.
It’s a bit bulky, and there’s a sometimes bothersome seam that can provide a bit of discomfort, depending on how you use it, but all in all it’s a quality product that gets the job done.
Today’s Mom Cozy Comfort Pregnancy Pillow
If you’ve ever considered how wonderful it might be to cut a hole in your warm snuggly bed and sleep inside of it, then you might want to consider the Today’s Mom Cozy Comfort Pregnancy Pillow.
Created and designed to fit in and around the many curves and contours of a body in full bloom, this pillow supports your belly, your back and both of your shoulders, all while providing a soft surface to sleep on with the help of an easily un-zippable, machine washable, 50/50 poly/cotton combo, 200 thread count percale pillowcase.
Also, once your little prince or princess finally arrives, the Cozy Comfort can also be converted into a throne-line support system for your nursing baby.
With size being the only real drawback — this thing is huge at 56” long and 32” wide — you know that the only problem that might arise with the Cozy Comfort Pregnancy Pillow is trying to convincing your partner to sleep on the couch. Otherwise, it’s pretty awesome.
The Snoogle Chic Jersey Total Body Pillow
From beginning to end, and then back again. We stop where we started, with the Snoogle Chic Jersey Total Body Pillow.
Offering all the same creature comforts of the Snoogle — Amazon’s all-time best-selling maternity pillow — including its form fitting design, extra long midsection, horseshoe shaped headrest and polyester fiber filling, the Snoogle Chic Jersey also benefits from a T-shirt soft, 100% jersey knit cotton cover that’s as cuddly and as cozy as anything that’s ever caressed your cheek.
The case is zippered and machine washable, so it’s easily removed and easily cleaned, and a head-over-heels improvement on the original.
So if you were already considering the Snoogle original, then you might want to think again, for the sake of slumber.
From softness to stuffing, there are a number of pillows products that can help you or your loved one find the forty-to-fifty winks required to stay healthy, serene and unstressed.
So, for the sake of sanity and your soon-to-be son or daughter, try and pick a pregnancy pillow that properly contours to your prenatal posture.
And, if for some reason you can’t quite decide which one will rid you of all of your achy annoyance, or if you’re not quite sure that you really need one, we suggest you sleep on it.
And then come back to us.
We’ll be right here sleeping soundly with our Snoogles until you do.