Leachco Back ‘N Belly Pregnancy Pillow Review

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Leachco is known for helping to ease the discomforts of pregnancy with their full body contouring pillows and accessories. The Back ‘N Belly is no exception – it provides support on both sides of the body to make switching positions easier at night. It’s also used in different resting positions to help elevate your body to relieve common discomforts like heartburn or sciatica.

To say the Back ‘N Belly is a larger pillow is an understatement and it’s worth considering the size of your own bed before you make a purchase. What else should you know? Read on for my full detailed review.

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Key Features

  • Dimensions: 51″  x 33.5″ x 8.8″ 
  • Filling: polyester fibers (like firmly packed down alternative)
  • Sham-style removable cover or zippered cover available (in select styles)
  • Cover fabric (Original): 65% polyester and 35% cotton
  • About 7 lbs in weight
  • Provides equal support for back and tummy at the same time
  • No repositioning pillows during the night, easily turn from side to side
  • Helps elevate and align hips

Pillow Construction

This total body (or full body) pillow has a U-shape with contoured edges on the inside. It’s stuffed with polyester fibers and the outside is a polyester/cotton blend or cotton cover – depending on what option you pick (more on that HERE). I am reviewing “The Original”, with a sham-style cover that is 65% polyester and 35% cotton.

Care: To clean your removable cover, remove the cover from pillow, machine wash warm, gentle cycle. Use non-chlorine bleach if needed. Tumble dry, lowest heat setting, remove promptly.

Here is a breakdown of your options from the Leachco website:

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Ways To Use The Back ‘N Belly Pillow

You can use this pillow to support yourself while you are sleeping or in a more elevated/resting position when you’re awake (this is helpful post-partum).

Here is how Leachco recommends you use their pillow:

Pros

  • Virtually replaces the need for multiple pillows
  • The cover can be machine washed/dried
  • Comes in a variety of fabric options
  • You have the ability to price compare/shop
  • Supports stomach and back at the same time

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Cons

  • The sham-style cover may be difficult to get back on after removal and washing
  • Pillow filling is spot clean only
  • Large and in charge – consider your bed size
  • A little expensive – around $80 depending on the retailer
  • May not be long enough for taller mothers – bottom curve may end before resting between the knees (one of two sleeping position options, of course!)

My Experience

After my positive experience with the Back ‘N Belly’s cousin pillow – The Snoogle – I was excited to give this U-shaped pregnancy pillow a try. One of the things the Back ‘N Belly really has going for it is that you can get support on either side you sleep on.

For reference, I’m 5’ 7″ and about six months pregnant. I’m primarily sleeping on my side these days but I usually sleep in multiple positions when I’m not pregnant.

The Back ‘N Belly pillow is massive but it basically envelopes you in a little three-sided nest, so that you’re tucked into the pillow from your head (or feet) to your sides when you get into a sleep position.

I will say the one thing I wish is that the pillow was a little longer. When I slept with the pillow connecting at the top, my head rests nicely, but the sides come down only far enough to rest between the top of my knees and my thighs.

When I flipped it over and let the connecting part rest between my knees, I felt like I couldn’t get all the support on my back and side that I needed – plus I personally needed an additional traditional pillow to support my head and neck on top.

I think if you’re less than 5’6″ or 5’7″ this will not be an issue for you, but taller women should take the 51″ length into consideration. The Snoogle is 60″ long and I didn’t feel this issue during my time with that pillow.

Another note I wanted to make is that the sham-style removable cover can be a little tricky to get on and off with this U-shape. You have openings at both ends to remove the cover (it is easier to get on than the Snoogle) but I do think the zippered cover options are the easiest. You can machine wash and dry the cover, just follow the directions on the tag. You can only spot clean the cover.

The cover fabric on “The Original” version is a mix of polyester and cotton. It’s not an uncomfortable fabric, but the 100% cotton or jersey knit fabric options will definitely be softer. While you can place a traditional pillow on top of the Back ‘N Belly, it may be more comfortable to only rest your face on the Back ‘N Belly, which means you may want to go with a softer fabric option.

Related: Pregnancy Pillow Guide: What To Know Before You Buy

Where To Buy

Leachco is the maker of the Back ‘N Belly pillow but you cannot buy it directly from their website. Instead, they have a list of authorized retailers (subject to change):

  • Amazon
  • Toys “R” Us
  • Babies “R” US
  • Check out the “Where To Buy” page on Leachco’s website for local retail options

Overall

After seeing the Back ‘N Belly contour pillow in action, I can really see why many pregnant women choose the nest-like pillow. Once you snuggle into it, you won’t want to move.

I think taller women or those with longer legs may have trouble getting the bottom legs to fit easily between their knees after you move around at night. I felt like I could have used a little extra length. I’d also opt for a soft fabric option, like 100% cotton or knit and a zippered removable cover to help with the ease of getting the cover on and off for washing.

Check out the different retailers near you that sell the Back ‘N Belly and price compare so you know you’re getting the best deal. The pillow doesn’t come with a set trial period and return policies will vary by retailer.

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Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.