The Best Maternity/Pregnancy Pillows
Pregnancy is a beautiful time, but let’s face it, it can be an uncomfortable time, especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. A great maternity or pregnancy pillow can help alleviate some of the discomfort and aches and pains related to pregnancy. You can go from restless nights to having a great night sleep with the perfect pillow.
What is a Maternity/Pregnancy Pillow?
A maternity or pregnancy pillow is a special type of pillow that you can use when you are expecting. They are designed to provide the support you need in key areas such as your back, belly and neck while you are sleeping and or relaxing. They can help you get a great night’s sleep and let you wake up more relaxed and with less pain due to pregnancy. They are great not only for back and belly support, but they can also help you sleep in a natural position to keep your hips aligned. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I had a hard time breathing when I was sleeping. It would feel as if I had an elephant pushing on my chest. My maternity pillow helped me sleep in a slightly elevated position and helped me breathe easier and sleep soundly. My only regret was not purchasing a pillow earlier. I also used my pillow during nursing. When my daughter arrived, I used my pillow during nursing. It made me feel more comfortable while feeding her. It also helped to provide support to myself and my daughter.
Maternity pillows are not just for expecting moms, they are also great for people who suffer with back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, joint pain, sore necks, aching shoulders and other chronic pain conditions. People who suffer from insomnia, and people who toss and turn all night. Maternity pillows can also help to relieve heartburn or acid reflux symptoms.
We at kidsplayandcreate searched high and low for the best maternity/pregnancy pillows available on the market today. We obtained our results based on product research, personal experiences and reviews. Please read our list for the best maternity pillows. If you have a maternity pillow that you think we should have on the list e-mail use at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leacho Snoogle Total Body Pillow
Leacho Snoogle Total Body Pillow is the ultimate pregnancy pillow. It was designed to follow the natural contour and shape of your body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. This pillow provides ultimate comfort and support. The Leachco Snoogle is a great pillow to use for sleeping, relaxing and even to add comfort during nursing. The horseshoe-shaped head cushion helps support your neck. The extra long midsection provides extra support for your belly and back and helps prevent sciatica and lower back pain. It can also tuck between your knees to align your hips and help with back pain. The Snoogle is flexible and can be used in a variety of ways. You can curl it and use it as a back rest while watching T.V, you can even wrapped it around your body for upper body support. It’s definitely a great pick. We at kidsplayandcreate give it an A rating.
- Horseshoe shape design
- 100% organic cotton removable, washable cover
- Multiple colors: Ivory, Sage, Brown, Khaki, Gray and Mauve
- Flexible, can be used in a variety of ways.
- Supports hips, back and belly
- Helps aid and prevent back pain
- Dimensions 60 x 24.8 x 7.2 inches
- Weight 5.5 pounds
PharMeDoc Total Body Maternity Pillow
The PharMeDoc Total Body Maternity Pillow is a great choice especially for someone with allergies or can be sensitive to materials. The pillow is made with chemical free polyester. It is hypoallergenic and free of lead, phthalate, latex and BPA’s. It is also dust mite resistant. What is also great about this pillow is that it was designed to absorb and withstand a greater amount of weight than most pillows. It will not get saggy, flat, loose shape or comfort. The design follows the natural contours of your body and supports your head, back, hips and knees. The pillow is tender but firm and extremely comfortable. The cover is breathable and gives off a cooling effect so you won’t get overheated. Another plus is that this pillow is fully compatible with large vacuum seal bags for easy storage, when no longer in use. This PharMeDoc is especially great for our plus-size moms or moms who are expecting twins. This is a strong but soft pillow. We also give this pillow an A rating.
- Hypoallergenic, lead, phthalate, latex, BPA free, dust mite resistant
- Body contouring design
- Full belly, back, hips, knee support
- Helps relieve back pain
- Great for nursing moms
- Zipper cover can be removed and easy washed
- Can be easily stored in large vacuum seal bag
- Dimensions 60 x 24 x 7 inches
- Weight 7 pounds
Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge
This is a great choice if you are not looking for a bulky pillow. This pillow wedge by Hiccapop is a perfect alternative to the large maternity pillow. The people at Hiccapop know that discomfort doesn’t just end in the bed. This wedge has a small and compact design, you can easily take your wedge anywhere. The wedge has a two-sided design. One side is made of soft memory foam and the other side its firm. You can go from soft support to firm support with a flip of the wedge. The wedge provides belly support to help reduce swelling (edema) in the hands, legs and feet. It also helps relieve and prevent back pain. You can place the wedge behind your back, under belly or between knees. It also helps relieve nerve pain and leg numbness. It has airflow ventilation technology. The tiny perforated holes throughout the wedge encourage airflow to reduce moisture build up and helps control temperature. The wedge is great when you just want targeted support and not a full pillow. We reached many wedges and gave this one an A rating.
- Compact design, you can take it anywhere for support
- Plush velboa cover is soft and washable
- 2 side design, choose the firm side or the soft side
- Supports belly, back, knees
- Aids in the relief of back pain, nerve pain and leg numbness
- Air Flow Ventilation Technology to help control temperature
- Dimensions 13.2 x 15 x 4.5 inches
- Weight 12.8 ounces
- Lifetime guarantee
Leacho Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow
Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, Ivory
Cradle yourself in custom comfort with the Leacho Back ‘N Belly Body Pillow. This Back ‘N Belly Body Pillow has the popular U-shaped design. It provides back, neck, shoulders and belly support with cushion on both sides. With this pillow, you can turn from side to side without loosing support. The inner contours were designed to follow the natural curved shape of our body. It will feel as if it was custom-made for your body. No repositioning is needed is will align your hips to a neutral position to relieve any joint pain. You can also reverse end for more head support. Comes in two colors white and tea. We rate this as the best U-shaped pillow and give it an A rating.
- Hourglass shape
- 100% polyester fiber fill
- Zippered removable case that is machine washable
- Great head support to help with nasal congestion
- Move from side to side without loosing support
- Dimensions 51 x 33.5 x 8 inches
- Weight 7 pounds
Leacho Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper
Leacho Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper
A smaller version of the original Snoogle, this mini compact Snoogle is a great alternative to having a large bulky pillow. Smaller than the traditional maternity pillows however, larger than the wedge. It also leaves lots of room in the bed or is great is you have a smaller bed, such as a full or twin. This compact pillow is great for targeted head and belly support. It can also be used in a variety of ways. You can lay on it and use it for head and belly support, you can put it between your knees to help align your hips, you can put it under your knees for elevation or use it as support while nursing your baby. It’s great design will keep you relaxed, cool and comfortable all night long. We love that this pillow is an in between pillow, not huge, but not too small either. We believe that the Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper is the best in between maternity/pregnancy pillow. It is great for expecting moms who want the feel of a large pillow, but still want somethings that fits comfortably in the bed. We give this side sleeper an A rating.
- Compact for targeted support
- Removable, washable cover
- Great for smaller beds or as alternative to large bulky pillows
- Can be used in a variety of ways
- Comes in two colors sage with white tiny white dots or brown
- Conforms to the natural shape of your body.
- Dimensions 21.1 x 13.7 x 4.5 inches
- Weight 2.9 pounds
Lavish Home Full Contoured Body Pillow Maternity/Pregnancy Support Cushion
Lavish Home Full Contoured Body Pillow, Maternity/Pregnancy Support Cushion
This fully body pillow by Lavish Home is a great pillow for expecting moms. It provides full back, belly and neck support to help relieve discomfort due to pregnancy aches and pains. It has a great design that contours to the natural shape of your body. This full body pillow will help you feel more relaxed and comfortable to help you gets a great night’s sleep. It it also provides great support for mom and baby during nursing. This Lavish Home Full Contoured Body Pillow, Maternity/Pregnancy Support Cushion is another great choice. This pillow is like a regular full body pillow with extra support for pregnant moms. We at kidsplayandcreate love this pillow and give it an A rating.
- Hourglass inner shape contours to natural shape of your body
- Supports your belly, back and neck.
- 100% outer cotton cover that can be removed and is machine washable.
- Inner cover is made of polypropylene
- The pillow is filled with polyester hollow fiber
- Provides nursing support
- Dimensions 60 x 38 x 7 inches
- Weight 7.2 pounds
How do I Choose the Perfect Maternity Pillow for my Needs?
Before purchasing a maternity/pregnancy pillow you may want to consider a couple of things. Are you waking up with pain? If so, where is the pain? Is it your back, neck? If so, it could be because those areas aren’t getting enough support. If this is the case you may want to pick a pillow that provides extra support in those areas. Do you have heartburn or acid reflux? If so, you try choosing a pillow that has upper body support and can keep you slightly elevated. Are you sensitive to fabrics or have allergies? If that sounds like you, you may want to choose a pillow that is hypoallergenic. You should also consider the size of the pillow. Many maternity pillows are large. If you have a full or a twin bed it may be too large for your bed. Make sure you check the dimensions of the pillow before purchasing. Do you plan on traveling with your pillow? If so, again you want to look at the side. Do you need something for the car? If you have a long commute to work, school or doctor you may need some extra support in the car. If this is the case, you may want to consider the wedge. Try to think about all everything listed above, then pick a pillow based on your needs.
Are Maternity Pillows Just for Expecting Moms?
Absolutely not! Let’s face it, expecting moms aren’t the only ones who have a hard time sleeping due to discomfort and pain. These pillows can benefit people who suffer from back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, joint pain, sore necks, aching shoulders and other chronic pain conditions. People who suffer from insomnia and people who toss and turn all night. They are also great for people who suffer from acid reflux/ heartburn. Maternity/pregnancy pillows are also good for people who want a little extra cushion or who like to be snuggled at night. My daughter just turned three and I still use mine.
Is There a Difference Between a Maternity Pillow and a Body Pillow?
The answer is yes. Maternity pillows are designed to contour to the natural shape of your body. They are made to help to add support to your back, neck, belly and knees. Body pillows are usually long and straight. They provide extra cushion but not always the extra support you need for your changing body.
Can a Maternity Pillow Help Soothe Acid Reflux or Heartburn?
Expecting moms can experience acid reflux or heartburn at anytime throughout pregnancy. In early pregnancy it can be caused by hormones. Your hormones slowdown your stomach’s ability to process food. The longer the food sits in your stomach, the more acid collects which can result in heartburn. In late pregnancy your growing belly pushes your stomach up leading to less space for food and stomach acid. The stomach acids gets pushed up your esophagus leading to heartburn.
Lying down can make heartburn or acid reflux worse. It is recommended that you sleep on a slant with your upper body slightly elevated to help with stomach acid. This is where a maternity pillow comes in. Most maternity pillows provide extra cushion for your upper body so that you are not lying flat in the bed. Most are flexible where you can add extra support to upper body and give you more of a cushion or elevation right where you need it. Don’t forget to speak to your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing to get more helpful information or treatment as needed.
Can you Wash Maternity Pillows?
Many maternity pillows have a removable covers that can be machined washed and dried. Make sure you check the label from the manufacturer for proper cleaning information.
If you are an expecting mom or are suffering from sleepless nights, heartburn/acid reflux or chronic pain, don’t forget to speak to a doctor about your symptoms and also try purchasing a maternity/pregnancy pillow. They can change restless nights and waking up in pain to getting a great night’s and waking up relaxed and pain-free.