Pregnancy is an exciting and magical time for sure, but it also presents a lot of challenges and makes even some of the most basic tasks into a real struggle.
Take sleeping for instance. This is normally something most of us handle with aplomb (it’s waking up that’s the problem!).
As soon as you slip into your maternity pants though, things start to get a little tougher as the heat starts creeping in and the baby starts kicking.
Rolling onto your stomach suddenly gets a lot more difficult and you can’t even roll onto your side without your entire stomach swinging over and lolling uncomfortably. In fact no position feels comfortable anymore!
What’s more, pregnancy can introduce a whole host of other sleep-related problems such as apnea. Here, extra weight around the neck causes the windpipes to close over resulting in brief patches where you aren’t actually breathing.
This leads to Mums waking up feeling completely unrefreshed and as you might imagine, it’s not exactly great for the unborn child either!
For all these reasons, over 78% of women report difficulty sleeping during pregnancy and many of those same women swear by their pregnancy pillows. But which pregnancy pillow is best? Let’s try and answer that question…
DreamGenii Maternity Support Pillow
Perhaps the best known sleeping pillow for pregnancy is the DreamGenii Maternity Support Pillow. This pillow sports a now-well-known ‘7-shape’ that makes it great for supporting the bump, back and hips all at once.
This doesn’t actually replace your regular pillow but instead lives just underneath it, so your head is supported as normal while the curve supports your stomach and the ‘tail’ fits between your legs. If you enjoy sleeping in the foetus position (ironically) then you’ll feel right at home.
It doesn’t only help you to drift off more quickly, most women report that it also helps to prevent subsequent aches and pains.
But ‘most popular’ does not equate to best. While this pillow will certainly do the trick, it’s expensive and the cover is hard to take off to wash. Moreover, the large size and very specific ergonomics mean its hard to use for breastfeeding.
Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow
While it’s not as well known, the Theraline Original Maternity & Nursing Pillow gets our vote as the best sleeping pillow for pregnancy around.
This one looks more like a boomerang in shape and helps support women lying on their side in the same manner as the Dreamgenii.
The difference is that it doesn’t have such a rigid structure or the side support – this means that it’s a little more flexible to be used in more than one way.
It’s perfect for breastfeeding and snuggling for instance and it can even become a makeshift headrest when your child is all grown up. Tiny microbeads fill the interior which are very comfortable to lie on and it’s easy to wash.
When you’re paying a premium price for a pregnancy pillow, you really want something you can get a little more use out of. The Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow fits that bill just nicely!