During my pregnancy, I had the opportunity to review a collection of 10 terrific pregnancy pillows. Each one was different and unique, and all were designed to meet a mothers-to-be’s needs during her pregnancy. I really enjoyed the process and learned a lot about what pregnant people can come to expect in terms of support and comfort with pregnancy pillows.
After reviewing so many pregnancy pillows, I’ve put together my top two favorite picks as well as two additional pillows that I think are perfect for certain pregnancy-related needs (namely: pain and space on the bed). Below, I share why I think each pillow I’ve selected is so beneficial during pregnancy, plus more information on what to look for when shopping for a pregnancy pillow.
Overall, I can say the last nine months have been significantly more comfortable thanks to these pillows, I hope this information is helpful to everyone reading, as well!
Top Pregnancy Pillow Picks For 2019
Hiccapop Pregnancy Wedge
Why The Snoogle?
- Dimensions: 60″ x 7″ x 25″
- Filling: polyester fibers (like a firmly packed down alternative)
- Weight: 14.4 oz
- A single, uniquely C-shaped pillow that supports and aligns hips, back, neck, and tummy
- Comes in a variety of fabric options with removable and zippered covers (see below for more details)
- Actual pillow is spot-clean only, but removable covers can be machine washed and dried
- The patented design was developed by a Registered Nurse and Mom
Why I Love It
The shape and overall feel of the Snoogle means that pregnant women only need one pillow to keep them comfortable all night — and it’s easy to adjust. It really helped keep my head, neck, back, and hips in neutral alignment and served me well during all trimesters of my pregnancy.
Women (or whoever wants to try this) have their choice of several different cover options, including 100% organic cotton or jersey knit. (A mini-size option is also available.) The covers are removable and simple to clean, though I’d recommend going with a zippered one since it saves time when it comes to getting the cover back on.
There are a variety of different ways to use this pillow, both while sleeping at night and resting during the day and it’s also fairly affordable and can be found at multiple retailers, so check for coupons and discounts!
Why The Hiccapop?
- Dimensions: 15″ x 13.25″ and 4.5″ in height (at the tallest)
- Filling: Ventilated foam filling
- Weight: 10 oz
- Dual-Sided Design: Memory foam on one side and a firmer foam option on the other side to accommodate all needs
- Removable velboa fabric cover (faux fur/velour-type feel)
- Phthalate-, PVC-, and BPA-free
- Compact and portable
- Versatile — can support different areas of the body, including the belly, back, and between the knees
- Variety of colors (the pillow I reviewed is Navy Blue)
- One size
Why I Love It
One of the biggest perks of the Hiccapop wedge pillow is that it’s small, lightweight, and compact and so easy to travel with (and it even comes with a little carrying case). Mothers-to-be who travel frequently can utilize this simple pillow to stay comfortable in a pinch.
The soft velour cover is removable and easily machine washable and dryer-friendly. I liked that it was inexpensive and had different firmness levels on each side, so it’s easily customizable if needed.
This has been a great pillow for me throughout my current pregnancy and I’ve already used it a lot in the car for my back. I also sat on the wedge to ease my tailbone pain when I was working. It will fit nicely between the knees to help to hips open and aligned at night. Women can also choose to wedge it behind the back to aid in preventing them from rolling onto their backs at night. Based on how much I’ve used this already, I know there will be plenty of reasons to have it nearby after I’ve given birth.
Best Pregnancy Pillow For Back And Hip Pain: Queen Rose Full Body
- Dimensions: 51″ x 31.5″ x 7.9″
- Cover: 100 percent organic cotton (there are also grey velour and grey jersey knit options)
- Filling: 100 percent polyester fiberfill
- Weight: ~7 lb
- Care instructions: Cover zips off and is machine washable
- Colors: Multiple available colors
- Inner curve intended for support
- Keeps the back cushioned and keeps baby supported while nursing postpartum
- Upper and lower body can be elevated
- All sales are final; items damaged upon arrival are eligible for a refund. Customers must contact customer service within 30 days of receipt and provide a photo of the defect and/or incorrect product
- Made in China
Why It Works For Back And Hip Pain
The Queen Rose is a full-body pillow that wraps around the entire body in a U-Shape, which means pregnant women getting support for their heads, necks, backs, bumps, and in between their knees to help align the hips.
Those struggling with back and hip pain don’t have to juggle multiple pillows at night and can simply slip the “legs” of this pillow between their knees to help open the hips and support their back at the same time. Individuals can also fold it and use it on the couch for back support while resting.
The cover is easy to remove, and extras can be purchased if desired. It’s got two sizes, so if pregnant women on the taller and/or bigger side during their pregnancies (or before/after) there should be an appropriate option available. It’s also priced reasonably for such a large product!
Best Pregnancy Pillow For Small Spaces: Boppy Side Sleeper
- Dimensions: 24″ x 14″
- Weight: 14 oz
- Soft-knit, removable cover
- Filled with 100 percent virgin polyester fiber
- Support for the back and baby bump while side sleeping
- Stretch panel keeps the pillows in place as the bump grows
- Compact design allows individuals to sleep comfortably even while traveling
- Can be used before, during, and after pregnancy for support
- Machine washable
- Made in China
- Available at several retailers; around $30 per pillow
Why It Works For Small Spaces
The Side Sleeper from Boppy provides good support to both the back and a woman’s growing bump — without surrounding the body completely. This leaves more room in the bed and more room for a partner if someone else is sharing the bed. It can be placed between the knees at night to keep hips open.
One of my absolute favorite things about this pillow is that individuals can unzip the cover and toss the whole thing in the washer and dryer! And the cherry on top? It’s super affordable and available at a range of retailers.
What To Look For In A Pregnancy Pillow
In case it isn’t obvious, not all pregnancy pillows look or function the same way. There are a ton of them out there, and it can be overwhelming to determine which is going to work best during pregnancy. Here are the main factors to consider before purchasing a pillow.
Size And Shape
Pregnancy pillows can be full-body or they can be compact and travel-size and choosing the right one really depends on each pregnant women’s personal needs are. Here are some questions to think about to determine which size is best:
- How big is the bed?
- Does the individual sleep with a partner?
- Does the individual have room to store the pillow when she (or he) is not using it?
- Will the person be traveling with the pregnancy pillow?
Some pillows are designed for overall use, while some are shaped to support a specific area. For example, wedge pillows are often the best for letting a mom rest comfortably on her back at an elevated level or for placing under the bump for support at night.
Just as with regular pillow shopping, there are a ton of fillings to choose from when considering a pregnancy pillow. Here’s an idea of what types of fillings are available:
- Memory foam
- Polyester fibers
- Air (inflated)
- Kapok fibers (seed pod fluff from a rainforest tree)
In many cases, a pregnancy pillow comes with a removable cover that can be washed (and sometimes extra covers are available for purchase). Typically they’re made with the same fabric as a regular pillow: cotton, organic cotton, jersey knit, polyester knit, velour, and so on. Always check the cleaning instructions if the individual wants something that is machine washable and dryer friendly.
There is a pregnancy pillow in just about everyone’s budget! The more compact, lightweight, and travel-friendly pillows tend to be the most affordable and range from around $20 to $40. Plan to spend $50 to $60 for at full-body, U-shaped, or C-shaped options, but I’ve reviewed some that are closer to $200. Many of the pillows I reviewed are sold at multiple retailers, which helps to keep their price competitive. I recommend that everyone price-compare at different in-store and online retailers before purchasing and look for coupons that might apply to the pillow.
Trimester And Sleep Position
Pregnancy pillow needs may change as a pregnant woman progresses in her pregnancy. While everyone is different, some may prefer more full-body support towards the end of their pregnancy and perhaps support for specific areas earlier on. Also, by the halfway mark of the pregnancy, most women will primarily be side sleeping, which can be quite a change for those who are used to sleeping mostly on their stomach or back.
“By the second trimester, if you’re still sleeping on your back, it’s time to shift, since the weight of your expanding midsection can compromise your circulation,” says the National Sleep Foundation. “And by the third trimester, even if you naturally prefer to sleep on your left side, which is the ideal position during pregnancy, the sheer weight of your bump — combined with the increased laxity in your joints as your body prepares for childbirth — can add up to serious aches and pains.”
By considering these factors, doing some research, and comparing prices, all pregnant women and adults alike should be equipped to find the best pregnancy pillow for them. For even more information, we’ve put together a whole guide to pregnancy pillows!
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