Pregnancy Pillows: Pros and Cons of Each Type

Sleep comes a lot more naturally to moms with newborns in the house than it does for moms-to-be in the last few months of pregnancy. Those who tell you to get all the sleep you can while you’re pregnant have obviously never slept with an extra 20 to 30 pounds of baby and other pregnancy weight moving around their stomach at all hours. It’s not exactly comfortable, and it makes a peaceful night of sleep next to impossible. If it weren’t for pregnancy pillows, I don’t know what expectant mothers would do for sleep.

The great thing about pregnancy pillows is that there are several to choose from, which means you’re sure to find one you love. I didn’t love the first one I tried, but the second one made my nights – and even my husband’s – that much more restful and relaxing.

Leacho Snoogle

Candy Cane
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The first pregnancy pillow I purchased with my oldest daughter was the Leachco Snoogle. What’s great about it is the fact that it’s shaped like a candy cane already so you don’t have to maneuver it to make it comfortable. It was great for using as a regular pillow, a stomach pillow, and a between my knees pillow. The only con with this particular type of pregnancy pillow is the fact that it’s so large it makes me feel like there’s another large person in the bed with my husband and I.

Boppy Sleep Wedge

The Boppy Sleep Wedge was my absolute favorite pregnancy pillow when I was pregnant recently with my newborn twins. It sits just below my stomach or in between my knees. It all depends on how I’m comfortable at any given moment. It’s very small. We never once felt like the bed was overly crowded with this particular pillow. The firm feeling under my stomach was such a relief at night it almost felt like I was weightless. It’s very similar to the way you feel when you’re swimming. As far as cons go, the only thing I didn’t care for with this particular pregnancy pillow is the fact that it only goes one place at a time, so you need two if you want to comfort your stomach and keep your knees apart at the same time.

Sealy Sweet Pea

The Sealy Sweet Pea maternity and nursing pillow is another great one. My best friend swears by this pillow, even though I felt that it was a little too big for my petite size compared to her taller frame. What’s so great about it is that it does what pregnancy pillows are supposed to do and doubles as a nursing pillow once your baby arrives. It eliminates the need for both a pregnancy and a nursing pillow.

Aller-Ease (For Allergy Sufferers)

The Aller-Ease body pillow is essentially a king size pillow with the same rectangular shape. It’s a little bit softer than I feel is comfortable for a pregnancy pillow for my own particular taste, but it’s easy to use and it doesn’t require any maneuvering to find a comfortable position. The only negative about this one is that it’s almost identical to a king pillow but much more expensive. Depending on your comfort level, you might consider just purchasing a king size pillow.

To Each Her Own

There are dozens of pregnancy pillows on the market. I’ve tried and loved several, found flaws in some, and still occasionally use others when my back hurts or I can’t get comfortable. My pros and cons might differ from yours. Where I don’t care for a pillow that’s too soft, it might be your preference. By trying each one on for size, you’ll be able to determine which pillow helps you sleep like a baby – a baby that sleeps through the night, that is.

Baby Pillow
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Plus, some of these pillows might even be able to be used for your baby once you give birth 🙂