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Best Pregnancy Pillow Of 2019 - Inner Parents

Best Pregnancy Pillow Of 2019

All I wanted to do as a mom-to-be was sleep comfortably. That is not easy when another human is invading your space in a very personal way. That led to a search for the best pregnancy pillow I could find. The effort was worth it and many restful nights ensued.

Do you need a pregnancy pillow?​

At first, it might seem like a luxury to buy a pillow just to use while you are pregnant. However, quickly, most moms realize that if she is not getting enough sleep, it is not possible to function at work or while caring for other children. These pillows can make it easier for you to get comfortable as your belly grows. When the right pillow supports your body well, you will be able to sleep better. Which pillow to choose will depend on a variety of factors.​

What type of sleeper are you?​

Back Sleeper

Women who sleep on their backs will need to transition to becoming a side sleeper as soon as they can. Doctors warn against back sleeping further into pregnancy because it can cause your baby to receive fewer nutrients and less oxygen than they need. The weight of a full uterus slows down the blood flow both to the mom’s heart and back to the fetus. Occasionally rolling over onto your back for sleep is unlikely to be an issue.

Side Sleeper

If you are not already a side sleeper, pregnancy will turn you into one, at least temporarily. As your belly grows, it is far more comfortable to lie on your side. For many years, doctors and midwives recommended sleeping on your left side, but there is little medical evidence to support the need for this in an otherwise healthy woman. If blood pressure is an issue, then the medical advice might change, but you should consult with your health professional to find out for sure.

Front Sleeper

You cannot sleep on your stomach during pregnancy. You might find it possible in the very beginning, but eventually, the bump makes it unbearable.

What types of pillows are available?​

Wedge

This is the smallest support pillow. It is cubed shaped, but with a sloped side. You can use it in a variety of sleeping positions and as a support pillow when you are sitting up in bed or on the couch.

Body pillow

Long and rectangular, these pillows are a giant sized version of the one most people use under their heads. Covers are easy to remove for washing because there are no angles or curves.

Curved pillow

The next evolution of pregnancy pillows conforms more comfortably to your body. There are a variety of curves available in a wide range of price points and fabrics.

Wrap around pillow

These are the largest pregnancy pillows. Designed to go on both sides of your body, you will have less adjusting to do when you roll over in your sleep.

What material do they use for pregnancy pillows and covers?​

Any fabric or material you could find in a traditional bed pillow, you can find in a pregnancy pillow.

Covers

Microfiber is so soft and one of the most popular options. Many of the pillows might come with a cotton cover, but you can sometimes find aftermarket replacements in nicer fabrics or patterns.

Pillows

The smaller wedge pillow is most likely to be made of memory foam. You may find body pillows made of memory foam also. However, the larger curved and wrap around pillows will usually be made of regular cotton or polyester batting because it is easier to manipulate into those non-traditional shapes.

How should you care for your pregnancy pillow?​

Each manufacturer has a slightly different version of how to care for your pillow, but these basic principles still apply. Good Housekeeping offers an excellent overview for how to wash pillows, even if the tag is missing. Be sure to follow any manufacturer’s instructions that are available. If you cannot find them, then do your best following these guidelines.

Foam Pillows

These types of pillows must be spot cleaned. You can vacuum and spot clean the surface while your machine washes the cover on a low temperature. Hanging the cover to dry is best to avoid the risk of shrinkage.

Fiberfill Pillows

These pillows can go in the washing machine and dryer, but you will need to exercise caution, so they do not get misshapen. Toss some dryer balls in to keep your pillows fluffy as they dry. You cannot go wrong with warm water and the delicate cycle. An extra rinse cycle is always a good idea.​

Now that you know about the different types of pillows and how to take care of them, here are five favorites.​

Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge​

Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge​

If you like to turn a lot in your sleep, then a wedge pillow is the easiest to adjust. Not large or snake-like, rolling over with the wedge between your knees reduces the interruption to your sleep. Its size also makes it easy to move from one side of your body to the other when you change positions.

This wedge pillow has a very soft, plush fabric cover that is machine washable. Speaking of softness, I was pleased to find that each side had a different firmness level to accommodate your preferences, which may even change during pregnancy.

While this pillow does pack a ton of support into a small space, there are still limited support options due to size. It can only support one area of your body at a time. Unfortunately, the zipper on this pillowcase is not covered which could lead to being scratched in the middle of the night. During a season when sleep is so important for your physical and emotional health, that is not a pleasant way to wake up.​

What We Liked


  • Plush fabric cover
  • Easy to adjust due to its small size
  • Reduces interruption during sleep

What We Didn't Like


  • Only supports one part of your body at a time
  • Uncovered zipper may scratch you
  • Can be unpleasant to wake up too

S2BMOM Premium Contoured Total Body Pillow

S2BMOM Premium Contoured Total Body Pillow

This wraparound pillow provides support for both side and back sleepers. You may not use it while you lay on your back much during pregnancy. The advantage of having the pillow rest on both sides of your body is that when you change positions, the pillow can stay in the same spot.

Some wrap around pillows is really just a long, standard pillow bent in half. However, this pillow has some contour on the inside openings to give you support for your belly, breasts, and knees.

Replacement covers for this particular pillow are difficult to find. While the contours make the pillow more comfortable, they also increase the complexity of making your covers. Fortunately, the fabric of the standard cover can hold up to being washing weekly with no problem.

This pillow comes vacuum-sealed and practically flat on arrival. It is probably a bit optimistic to expect to be able to use it right out of the packaging. Do not be surprised if it takes two to three days to fluff up, even with help from you.​

What We Liked


  • Supports both sides of your body
  • Contoured for comfortable support
  • Can stay in same spot

What We Didn't Like


  • Hard to find extra covers
  • It takes a few days to fluff entirely

Theraline Maternity & Nursing Pillow

Theraline Maternity & Nursing Pillow

This pillow has a unique filling - polystyrene microbeads. They provide a completely different sleeping experience because you can customize where you want the pillow to be thicker to provide more support. These beads allow you to fold the pillow into a variety of useful positions for rest, reading in bed, and even nursing.

If matching your current décor is important, this you will like the wide variety of color options available. There are solids and floral designs that will match nearly any bedroom decorating scheme. You can choose from eight different colors – Cappuccino, Blue Bouquet, Gray Dots, Little Blue Flowers, Navy Polka Dots, Purple Water Dots, Organic Blue/Gray, and Organic Teal/Ecru.​

When you pick your cover, make sure you like it. They are not removable and can only be spot cleaned. Additional covers are available for purchase, though. The bead filling of this pillow is very light-weight. If you prefer a heavy pillow, like one made with memory foam, then this will take at least a few nights of adjusting before you can decide if this is the right pillow for you.​

What We Liked


  • Unique microbead filling
  • Multiple color options
  • Provide great support

What We Didn't Like


  • Cover is not removable
  • Pillow is lighter than expected
  • Can take some adjusting

Snoogle Chic - Snoogle Total Body Pregnancy Pillow

Snoogle Chic - Snoogle Total Body Pregnancy Pillow

This is a c-shaped pillow, which puts it into the curved pillow category. The unique placement of the curves provides support for both your upper body and lower body at the same time. You can use it with either the long side or the open side in front of you.

There is a lot of flexibility in this design, which is good for a mom who may not be sure how she will sleep when she is well into her third trimester. While it is not true of every pillow in this review, the cover is removable from this pillow. Replacement covers are also available, though in a very limited selection of colors and patterns. Jersey fabric is available if you prefer it to a cotton or cotton/polyester blend.

Finding anything wrong with this pillow is hard. However, if forced to concede something the predetermined curves may mean women who fall outside of the average height may not find this pillow as comfortable because it is either too big or too small.​

What We Liked


  • Open C shape offers flexibility
  • Removable cover
  • Limited colors

What We Didn't Like


  • May not fit very short or very tall women

Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow

Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow

The largest pillow on the list is not even specifically marketed for pregnancy. However, it is incredibly comfortable to expectant mothers. It is about 68 inches long on each side. This gives it a lot of versatility. The filling may only be cotton, but it is used in a unique way that increases air flow. This keeps you cool while you sleep.

Some moms have had an issue with their Comfort U pillow tearing in the middle. This is obviously an inconvenient problem for such an expensive pillow to have. I hope that it was just a bad batch because this problem was rare. Being the largest pillow also has its drawbacks. This pillow takes up a lot of space. If you are the type who likes to have their bed neat and tidy every day, then you will have to think a little harder about how to hide a pillow the size of a dead body.

What We Liked


  • Extra versatility due to length
  • Unique filling keeps you cool
  • Comfortable

What We Didn't Like


  • Possible warranty issues
  • Bulky
  • Takes a lot of space

Conclusion

Each type of pregnancy pillow offers its pluses and minuses. While it is kind of like comparing apples to oranges, I was able to pick the best pregnancy pillow. Eventually, I decided the Snoogle Chic - Snoogle Total Body Pregnancy Pillow was the best pillow for the job.

  • It is priced reasonably in the middle of the product category.
  • The cover is removable and washable. This is so important because pregnancy brings lots of bodily fluids with it and sleeping with clean sheets feels so good.
  • The curved pillow category offers more support than the wedge type but is not nearly as bulky as the wrap around pillows.
  • This pillow will work for side sleepers and gives you a choice of sleeping towards the open side or the closed side. Wrap around pillows does not offer that same flexibility because each side is the same.​

This pillow hits all of the high points moms ought to consider when choosing a pregnancy pillow. It barely has any flaws as well. You should not be surprised if you continue sleeping with this pillow long past the stage when your still carry your blessing in your belly.​

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