Different Types of Pregnancy Pillows for a Good Night’s Sleep

Different Types of Pregnancy Pillows for a Good Night’s Sleep

Published on November 22, 2021

It’s the middle of the night, your baby bump feels like it’s taking up the entire bed, and no matter how you position yourself, comfort just seems like a distant dream. 

Sound familiar? During pregnancy, quality sleep is more golden than ever—for both you and your little one. It’s a key player in keeping you both healthy and thriving.

But, oh, the challenges it brings! From back pain to restless legs, pregnancy can turn bedtime into a nightly battle.

I’m Rebecca  – a registered osteopath with a special interest in all things pregnancy. I’ve spent years working with mums through all stages of their pregnancy journey, helping to ease those aches and pains that can steal precious sleep.

When you want to achieve optimal comfort during pregnancy it’s well worth exploring different types of pregnancy pillows. The right one will nurture and cradle your body and facilitate deeper, more restful sleep.

Are you ready to embrace serene nights once more?

Types of Pregnancy Pillows

Navigating the world of pregnancy pillows can feel a bit like a maze. There are so many shapes and styles, each promising you the best sleep of your life.

So, how do you find the best pregnancy pillow for you? Allow me to be your guide through the most popular options here in Australia. 

1. Full-Length Pregnancy Pillows

Imagine a soft and supportive companion that hugs your entire body as you sleep—that’s a full-length pregnancy pillow. These pillows run the entire length of your body, providing a comforting embrace that can ease those pesky aches and pains.

A top pick as the best pregnancy pillow for full-body support, they are fantastic for side sleepers and for mums who love to cuddle something as they snooze. But be warned, they can be a bit of a bed-hog, taking up quite a bit of space beside you.

2. C-Shaped Pregnancy Pillows

The C-shaped pregnancy pillow is like a loving cradle for your body. Designed to support your head, back, bump and legs all at once, it’s a multipurpose marvel. 

Many mums-to-be reckon this is among the best pregnancy pillows Australia has to offer, especially for those struggling with back pain. It’s like a big, soft letter ‘C’ that’s just waiting to cuddle you to sleep!

3. U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillows

U-shaped pillows are like the luxury estate cars of the pregnancy pillow world—spacious, comfortable, and designed to cater to your every need. 

This design supports both your back and your belly at the same time, making it perfect for mums who switch sides throughout the night. If you’re after the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of comfort, a U-shaped pillow might just be your best bet.

4. Wedge-Shaped Pregnancy Pillows

Compact and mighty, the wedge-shaped pregnancy pillow is the little hero we all need. It’s perfect for targeting specific areas, like sliding under your belly for bump support or tucking between your knees to ease hip pressure.

For mums with specific discomfort zones, this could be the best pregnancy pillow to answer your nightly SOS calls.

5. Inflatable Pregnancy Pillows

For the mums on the move, meet your new best friend: the inflatable pregnancy pillow.

These gems are convenience in a bag, allowing you to take comfort with you, whether you’re off on a holiday or just heading to the family’s place for the weekend. Practical, portable, and providing that much-needed support—we’re big fans!

Benefits of Using a Pregnancy Pillow

 These wonder cushions are more than just fluffy companions; they’re designed to make your journey to motherhood as comfy as possible. Let’s delve into how they help.

Improved Sleep Quality

Ah, sleep—that ever-elusive treasure during pregnancy. With a good pregnancy pillow, restful slumber isn’t just a dream; it can be your reality. These pillows are shaped to conform to your body, providing support where you need it most.

The result? Less tossing and turning and more of that deep, rejuvenating sleep that both you and bub need.

Reduced Body Aches and Pains

We all know that growing a tiny human can be hard work on your body. Pregnancy pillows are great at relieving stress on your joints and reducing those aches and pains.

Think of them as your personal masseuse, reducing the knots and tension in your hips, back, and neck while you sleep. 

Better Blood Circulation

Good blood circulation is a mum-to-be’s best friend, and certain pillow types are great at promoting this. 

For instance, sleeping with a cushion between your knees can help to align your spine and hips, taking pressure off your lower back and allowing blood to flow more freely.

It’s all about finding the positions that let your body, and your blood, breathe easy.

Support for Proper Sleep Position

As your belly grows, finding a comfy sleep position becomes a nightly puzzle. But pregnancy pillows are here to help.

They’re fantastic for encouraging side sleeping, which is widely regarded as the best position during pregnancy, especially in the later stages. These pillows hold you snug and secure, ensuring that you and your bub have a good sleep all night long.

How to Choose the Right Pregnancy Pillow for You

Selecting the perfect pregnancy pillow can feel like a big decision, but it’s all about understanding your needs and preferences.

With the different types of pregnancy pillows available, there’s definitely one out there that will be your night-time sidekick. Here’s a guide to help you find your match:

Consider Your Sleep Position

Are you a side sleeper, a back snoozer, or a belly sleeper? Your preferred sleep position is a critical factor in choosing your pillow.

For side sleepers, a full-length or C-shaped pillow can be pure magic. Back sleepers might find a wedge pillow under the hips or knees is just the ticket.

Size and Shape of the Pillow

Think about your bed size and your body shape. You want a pillow that gives you comfort without overwhelming your sleeping space.

For petite mums or those with smaller beds, a compact wedge or a smaller full-length option might be your best bet.

Material and Filling

From memory foam to hypoallergenic fillings, there’s a smorgasbord of options.

Consider your skin sensitivity, allergies, and what you find most comfortable. Some materials are more breathable, which can be a lifesaver for those hot Aussie nights!

Budget and Cost Considerations

Great news—you don’t need to break the bank to find the best maternity pillow! There are options across various price ranges.

Look for trusted brands and read reviews to ensure you’re getting good value for your hard-earned dollars.

Tips for Using a Pregnancy Pillow Effectively

You’ve picked your pillow—hooray! Now, how to use that pregnancy pillow to its full potential? Here are a few pro tips to get you snoozing soundly:

Proper Placement for Optimal Support

It’s not just about having the pillow; it’s about placing it right. For back and hip relief, place the pillow between your knees.

Need more bump support? Position it under your belly. Experiment a little to find your sweet spot!

Maintaining the Cleanliness of Your Pillow

Babies aren’t the only things that need regular tending—your pillow does, too. Check the care label for washing instructions and aim to keep it fresh.

Some pillows have removable, washable covers, which make upkeep a breeze.

When to Start Using a Pregnancy Pillow

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here, but a common time is during the second trimester when your bump starts to blossom. But honestly, as soon as you’re finding it hard to get comfy, it’s pillow time!

Osteopathic Perspective on Pregnancy and Sleep

From an osteopathic viewpoint, pregnancy is a profound period of change, and good sleep can be connected to overall health. A misaligned spine or tense muscles can disrupt your sleep.

As osteopaths, we understand the anatomy and the stresses pregnancy can put on your body and how important sleep is, which is why we often recommend a pregnancy body pillow to complement our treatments.

Common Questions About Pregnancy Pillows

What type of pregnancy pillow is best?

This depends on your sleep habits, body shape, and specific discomforts. Explore the different types of pregnancy pillows, and consider consulting with an osteopath or healthcare provider.

Which is better, U-shaped or C-shaped pregnancy pillow?

It often comes down to personal preference. U-shaped pillows provide support on both sides, while C-shaped ones can be great for side sleepers and may take up less bed space.

What is the difference between pregnancy pillow shapes?

Different shapes cater to different needs. For instance, wedge pillows provide targeted support, while full-length options are great for cuddling.

Are all pregnancy pillows the same?

No, they vary in shape, size, material, and support level. It’s important to explore options and find what’s right for you.

Are pregnancy pillows worth it?

Most mums-to-be would shout a resounding ‘Yes!’ They are designed to alleviate discomfort and promote better sleep, which is invaluable during pregnancy.

Securing Restful Nights and Happy Mornings

As we’ve journeyed through the world of pregnancy pillows, one thing stands clear: sleep, that cherished commodity, becomes even more pivotal when you’re nurturing a new life inside you. 

During these precious months, your body is working overtime, and quality sleep can help recharge you and help your body to nurture your little one. It’s not just about the quantity of sleep but the quality, and that’s where choosing the right pregnancy pillow is so important. 

Are you experiencing disrupted sleep due to pain and discomfort during pregnancy? 

If you’re in Melbourne, we are here, ready to guide you through your pregnancy journey with personalised, whole body, hands-on care and advice.  

We invite you to book a consultation with Rebecca or any of our experienced osteopaths who work with pregnant mums at Growing Bones today.

This article has been written by Rebecca Gunn. The information contained in this article is intended to assist, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professional.  Rebecca Gunn and Growing Bones PTY LTD do not accept any responsibility, and will not be liable for, any inaccuracies, omissions, information perceived as misleading, or the success of any treatment regimen detailed in this article.

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