Best Pregnancy Pillows

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By Lucy Woodbridge, founder of Butterbean

6 minute read

Bringing a new life into the world is a beautiful journey, but it can take a toll on your body. Pregnancy often comes with aches, pains, and sleepless nights. However, the right pregnancy pillow can be a game-changer. Whether you're a first-time mum or an experienced one, finding the perfect pregnancy pillow can make your pregnancy journey more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Why You Need a Pregnancy Pillow

Pregnancy pillows, also known as maternity or body pillows, are specially designed to provide support for your bump, back, legs, neck, and more during the second and third trimesters. They are a versatile sleep aid, and some can even double as nursing pillows when your little one arrives.

Sleeping during pregnancy can be a challenge due to hormonal changes, discomfort, and frequent awakenings. However, with the right pregnancy pillow, you can improve your sleep quality and overall well-being. These pillows are larger and longer than standard ones, ensuring that your entire body is properly aligned for a restful night's sleep.

Sleeping on your left side during pregnancy is the safest way to sleep during pregnancy. This is because sleeping on your left aleviates pressure from your vena cava - a major vein that runs up your spine. Laying on your back could restrict blood flow through the vena cava and this could put your baby at risk during the 3rd trimester - when they are at their heaviest. Although this is rare, it's still worth understanding why women are advised to sleep on their left during pregnancy. Pregnancy pillows are designed to facilitate sleeping on your left hand side and offer maximum comfort.

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Types of Pregnancy Pillows

When choosing a pregnancy pillow, it's essential to find one that suits your specific needs. There are several types to consider:

U-shaped Pregnancy Pillow

The U-shaped pillow is the largest and most encompassing option. It provides support for both your belly and back, offering comprehensive comfort.

C-shaped Pregnancy Pillow

The C-shaped pillow primarily focuses on supporting your bump, making it ideal for relieving pressure from your growing belly.

J-shaped Pregnancy Pillow

J-shaped pillows are longer and provide extra support between your legs, making them perfect for moms experiencing pelvic girdle pain.

Wedge Pregnancy Pillow

The wedge pillow is the smallest option and can be used to elevate different parts of your body for added comfort. However, it does not provide full-body support.

Now that you understand the importance of pregnancy pillows, let's explore our top rated pregnancy pillows beloved by mums:

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BABYGO Pregnancy Pillow

Designed to cradle your growing bump and relieve pressure from your back and hips, our premium plump filling creates a heavenly oasis of comfort. Maximise your pregnancy comfort with BABYGO® cooling technology! Maintain a cool environment and ease hormonal fluctuations with our super soft, hypoallergenic cooling cover. Say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats, and swelling. Not only that, our maternity pillow can be used as not one, not two, but three shapes! With an I, J or U-shape, you can target various discomforts such as sciatica and joint pain.

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The Najell Pregnancy Pillow

The Najell Pregnancy Pillow is a unique and flexible pregnancy pillow, with 2 nursing pillows inside. Adjustable firmness and multiple functionalities make it the perfect companion to your sofa, bed, or chair. It's developed to give you the best possible support, both during pregnancy and once your baby is here.

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The Najell Pregnancy Pillow Cover

With these covers for Najell's Pregnancy Pillow, you can change your pillow case whenever you want. It doesn’t matter if it’s laundry day, or if you just feel like changing things up a bit, we've got you covered.

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Kally Body Pregnancy Pillow

Ergonomically designed by osteopaths, the Kally Body Pregnancy Pillow supports your baby bump, back, neck, and spine. Its anti-allergy-treated fibers protect against bacteria, and the breathable cotton outer layer keeps you cool, preventing pregnancy night sweats. It even comes with a free cover and can double as a breastfeeding pillow.

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SnüzCurve Pregnancy Support Pillow

Designed by a team of health experts, the SnüzCurve Pregnancy Support Pillow has a unique J-shape that seamlessly curves around your pregnant figure, offering relief to hips, legs, ankles, and upper body. This innovative design ensures a neutral spine posture, relieves bump pressure, and leaves you feeling refreshed after sleep.

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Pharmedoc The CeeCee Pillow

The Pharmedoc The CeeCee U-shaped pillow is a lifesaver for alleviating aches and pains during pregnancy, including back, hips, knees, neck, and head. It's gentle on your skin, machine washable, and versatile for use on your bed, sofa, or floor. While it may take up some space, it's a small sacrifice for the comfort it provides.

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bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow

The bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow is a luxurious choice created by health professionals. This fully adjustable pillow offers five-point support to critical areas like the pelvis, lower back, knees, ankles, and abdomen. It's like sleeping on a cloud, providing relaxation and comfort from the first trimester. Plus, it features a removable cover and a convenient travel-sized bag.

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Dreamgenii® Pregnancy Support and Feeding Pillow

This pillow supports the recommended left-side sleeping position. If you're used to sleeping on your back, this pillow can help you adjust. It's a valuable aid for a restful night's sleep during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a challenging time for sleep, but it's also a crucial period for your health and your baby's. The NHS recommends sleeping on your left side to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of stillbirth, especially after 28 weeks. Pregnancy pillows are tailored to support your changing body, providing comfort and relaxation.

While a traditional cushion may seem like an alternative, pregnancy pillows are specifically designed for this unique journey, ensuring your well-being as your body adapts to the demands of pregnancy.

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