One of the biggest complaints during pregnancy is not being able to sleep comfortably.
Who could blame you?! You’re huge, uncomfortable, and only have one sleeping position available.
However, you need your rest, because once that baby comes along, you won’t be getting ANY.
So you need to be greedy and rest up.
A Maternity Pillow can work wonders for you, especially during your third trimester.
But there are so many options and shapes, how do you know which one will be best for you?
I have put together the best guide for picking a pregnancy pillow and get a full nights sleep.
What Types Of Pregnancy Pillows Are There?
There are a couple of types of maternity pillows that you can use, depending on your preference.
The different shapes support different areas in the body and target different aches
U-Shaped or C-Shaped Pregnancy Pillows
The purpose of these pillows are to contour your body and wrap around you.
A U-shaped pillow cuddles your entire body and supports both sides of your body as you sleep. This is the best options for back sleepers.
A C-shaped pillow offers similar benefits but it doesn’t wrap around your front. It provides support for your head, tummy, legs, and back.
Pregnancy Wedge Pillow
More popularly known as the maternity cushion, this is the smallest of the maternity pillows and can be used while pregnant and post.
If you’re looking for something small, this might be the one for you.
You can place it behind your back or under your tummy to offer support and help you get a full nights rest.
Full Length Pregnancy Pillow
Designed to hug and cuddle, these don’t typically offer support to your tummy or back.
You wrap your arms and legs around the pillow and place your tummy in the center.
These typed of pillows are comforting, but don’t provide much support to your back. If back pain while pregnant is keeping you up, this might not be the pillow for you.
What are the Best Pregnancy Pillows?
There’s a couple of great ones out there, here are my top 5 picks.
There are a lot of benefits of pregnancy pillows, but each one has it’s own strengths and weaknesses.
They’re all great options, but depending on your specific needs, one might suit you better than another.
The perfect pillow for your third-trimester pains.
The fill of the pillow adjusts to your body and provides support for your back, hips, knees, neck, and head.
“I never sleep without it now. I find my fiance using it all the time. In his words, it is “the best sleeping product ever invented”. My animals love it, too. It
A machine washable U-Shaped pillow that is 100% velvet
This will help rid your back pain, as
“I am a stomach sleeper so being pregnant is a giant sleeping pain for me. I had to adjust to sleeping on my side but I hate having just a pillow between my knees
If you’re concerned with how to store a pregnancy pillow, this one might be right up your alley
A compact and portable option if you don’t need the full body ones.
Offers full support for your belly, which will help you rest and stop swelling in your hands and feet.
“This is exactly what I needed. I didn’t want to pay over $100 for a huge full body pillow. I have lovely pillows that my head is very happy with! I simply needed support for my 5 month twin bump. I love that it has 2 sides; soft and harder with memory foam. At the moment the softer side is perfect but I am likely to need to more solid side as I get bigger. I also like that the supporting information sheet gives you ideas for other uses for the pillow (e.g. In between your legs) and I can carry it around the house easily for additional support; I’ve even popped it behind my back in my home office chair.” – Jennifer
This one is technically not a maternity pillow, but it’s a great option if you want a memory foam full-length pillow to cuddle.
As I said previously, these don’t offer the same back support as the other ones, but it can help you sleep if you suffer from hip pain or prefer to sleep on your stomach.
“I’m 5’10, have trouble getting the right pillow combo for nightly comfort since the average body pillow is too short for me, and struggle nightly on if I am going to lay on one side to avoid shoulder pain but have hip pain or vice-
This one got a good laugh out of me and it seems like a good idea!
If you’re a stomach sleeper, this is well-worth a shot.
“My friend told me about the cozy bump and I got one. I love this thing. I’m 20 weeks pregnant and I have nagging back pain and can’t get comfortable. But this thing totally helped me and now I can be comfy and relax! ” – Julia
Have you used a maternity pillow? Which one is your favorite and why? Comment below and help