Your best friend. Your comfiest companion. Your “I absolutely, positively can’t sleep until you’re next to me” boo. No, we’re not describing your baby daddy. We’re describing your pregnancy pillow! That’s right — a pillow. Okay, so the preggo version of the nighttime necessity isn’t exactly the same as what you’ve come to know. Before you run out (or quickly open your laptop) and buy the first pillow for moms-to-be that you see, read on to find out what you need to look for!
1. Size and Shape: Pregnant women come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their pillows! There are flexible full-length pillows, U-shaped pillows, C’s, wedges and rounded wedges — at least, these are the most popular types for preggos like you. Which one should you choose? It depends on your wants and needs. Full-body pillow friends are exactly as they sound — they fit you from head to toe. Wedges typically go under your baby bump. This means you’ll need a regular ol’ pillow at the top too. Keep in mind that if you don’t have a king-sized bed, a T. Rex-sized pillow probably won’t fit. Even if you want the biggest pillow that the store carries, your bed still needs to match its size.
2. Craving Some Cuddling: Along with the size and shape, the ability for the pillow to form to your body is essential. Flexible full-length pillows move, bend and twist to fit your growing shape. For some women, the convenience of molding the pillow is a major plus. A pillow that you can move to fit your shape means greater cuddle-ability and a snuggle-filled sleep. Can you say the same for the person sleeping next to you?
3. Cover Story: You wouldn’t sleep on the same pillowcase night after night without washing it. The same is very true for your pregnancy pillow. Look for one that has a removable cover. Chances are that your local bedding superstore doesn’t have a pillowcase section for U-shaped monstrosities. Not being able to buy new cases whenever you need makes a removable cover a must-have. Seriously. Those sort of sweaty nights (or, let’s be real, more than sort of sweaty) during your last trimester will absolutely call for it.
4. Filling Features: Some pregnancy pillows are filled with Styrofoam balls, which move and flow with mighty ease. That said, the constantly rolling little balls aren’t exactly quiet as they crunch around your pregnant belly. So, you might want to consider a less Styrofoam-y option. Luckily, microbeads also offer easy movement — just at a lower noise level. If you’re all about firmness, memory foam may be for you. It squishes under your body, molding to your growing frame.
5. Allergy Essentials: Okay, even if you don’t have a full-on allergy, sometimes the fibers inside (or outside) of your pregnancy pillow may irritate you. From scratching your skin to tickling your nose, the last thing you need right now is your most comfortable bedtime pal suddenly causing you any sort of discomfort. Go with a hypoallergenic option if you have any sensitivity or allergy concerns.
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