During my last two pregnancies, I’ve had the opportunity toreview a collection of terrific pregnancy pillows. Each one was different and unique, and all were designed to meet a mother-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 a list of the four best pregnancy pillows available today. 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 few years have been significantly more comfortable thanks to these pillows, and I hope this information is helpful to everyone reading, as well!
Leachco's Snoogle pillow is an innovative C-shape pregnancy pillow whose design is a game-changer for pregnant women. It can easily be twisted and manipulated into six or more ways for the ultimate comfort pillow.
This dual-sided wedge pillow can give a pregnant woman a boost just about anywhere she could use the extra support - whether it be under the belly, the back or to help relieve pressure on the tailbone or between the knees.
Awesling Full Body
Awesling Full Body
The 60" full body pillow can be separated into several pieces for maximum versatility and comfort regardless of trimester or sleep position preference!
Best for Small Spaces
Boppy Side Sleeper
Boppy Side Sleeper
The Boppy Side Sleeper is the perfect compact pillow that supports a pregnant woman's growing bump while providing her back with enhanced support as well.
Interested in learning more about the pillows? Keep reading for details and additional information on each, plus a guide to shopping for the next perfect pregnancy pillow.
The shape and overall feel of the Snoogle mean 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.
The filling of all the options, regardless of cover, is a soft 100% polyester – similar to a down alternative pillow.
There are a variety of different ways to use this pillow, both while sleeping at night and resting during the day. It’s also fairly affordable – around $60 – and can be found at multiple retailers, so check for coupons and discounts!
- 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)
- The 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
Learn even more in our comprehensive review of the Leachco Snoogle pregnancy pillow.
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 frequently in the car for my lower 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 keep 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.
- 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
- Price around $25
Learn more about the Hiccapop Wedge pillow in the complete review.
Awesling Full Body
This is truly the most customizable and functional pregnancy pillow I’ve ever seen. I love it! All of the filling in the pillow is polyester fibers that give it a supportive feel but unlike that of memory foam (think down alternative pillows).
There are essentially four small pillows that are covered in a way that allows them to attach to each other, so you can basically make the pillow what you want to it to be. Put all sides together and connect with a strap to make a U-Shaped body pillow or take a piece away to put between the knees. Once the baby comes, use one of the pillows as a nursing bolster or a knee bolster – there are plenty of options!
The cover is easy to remove and clean if necessary and this pillow is a steal on Amazon – listed at $89 full price – we found it for about half that so make sure to check multiple retailers!
- Dimension 15.9″ x 14.2″ x 9″
- 100% cotton cover; polyester fiber filling that can be added or removed
- The multi-position pillow offers a variety of sleeping positions; for example, remove the side and use it as a knee rest. Then, snuggle into the C-shaped pillow, allowing it to cradle your body
- Includes a small 45⁰ angle pillow which is perfect for propping the baby bump to lessen the strain on one’s back muscles while sleeping
- Adults of all ages and sizes will benefit, including those in a post-surgery setting
- Expect to pay around $85 at full price, but the pillow can easily be found online for less than $50
- Machine washable cover
Best for Small Spaces
Boppy Side Sleeper
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 – around $30 – and available at a range of retailers.
- Dimensions: 24″ x 14″
- Weight: 14 oz
- Soft-knit, removable cover
- Filled with 100% 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
Check out my full review of this Boppy Side Sleeper pregnancy pillow.
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 what 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. Individuals should check the cleaning instructions if they want 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 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 looks 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 be primarily 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!
What is the best pregnancy pillow to buy?
The best pregnancy pillow for each person is the one that’s going to keep the individual – most often a pregnant woman – and her personal pregnancy-related aches and pains at bay.
There is no one “best” pillow from my experience but I do think full-body options like the Snoogle or the Awesling end up being crowd-pleasers because of their versatile nature.
When should you start using a pregnancy pillow?
Honestly, people can begin using a pregnancy pillow as soon as they want – there are no rules! These pillows are not reserved for pregnant women only, and anyone can enjoy them.
Personally, I started using my Snoogle at about the halfway mark of my pregnancy (20 weeks) when I had to transition from being a back sleeper to being a solid side sleeper per my doctor’s recommendations. It really helped me stay comfortable with my hips aligned and my back supported.
Check out my video on the best sleeping positions for pregnancy to learn more about transitioning to side sleeping.
What is the best pregnancy pillow for sleeping?
For sleeping, I would highly recommend one of the two of the full-body options in my list – the Snoogle or the Awesling. They’re designed to help women stay as close to neutrally aligned as possible and as a result, more comfortable overnight.
Do pregnancy pillows really help?
I can personally attest that yes, pregnancy pillows really help. Pregnancy can be so uncomfortable, especially when it’s time to sleep. Whether it’s the first baby or someone’s third or more, our bodies are constantly challenged and tested in ways that we aren’t used to. Adding enhanced support through a pregnancy pillow really will help a woman stay comfortable enough to get much-needed rest.
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