PREGNANCY pillows are a welcome relief for mums-to-be who are seeking comfort when sleeping.
The best pregnancy pillows come in a selection of shapes and sizes to accommodate your changing body throughout pregnancy – and beyond.
Pregnancy pillows aren’t just an investment for pregnancy, but are useful as nursing pillows or baby nests once little one arrives.
Typically designed to support your baby bump in a variety of positions, pregnancy pillows can help alleviate pregnancy aches and pains, from pelvic girdle pain to back issues like sciatica.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all pregnancy pillow design: there are lots of different options available, from wedge shapes to coil pillows, to suit your needs.
Some mums-to-be swear by pregnancy pillows for helping them get comfortable – and not just in bed, but when they’re trying to rest on the sofa, too.
You’ll find pregnancy pillows for every budget. We’ve rounded up some of the best ones available to buy now.
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1. Bamibi Pregnancy and Nursing Pillow
(AD) Bamibi® Pregnancy Pillow and Nursing Pillow, £34.99 at Amazon – buy here
This versatile design from Bamibi can be used as a side-sleeper pregnancy pillow for comfort in the evenings, or rolled up as a back support.
We also like that its use extends long beyond pregnancy as it transforms to a handy nursing pillow, as well as a cosy baby nest.
It has a machine washable, printed cotton cover – choose from a few different print options – and polyester filling.
Reviewers gush about it, noting that it’s ‘amazing’, ‘very comfortable’ and ‘good quality’.
2. Koala Babycare Maternity and Breastfeeding Pillow
(AD) Koala Babycare Nursing V Pillow, £29.75 at Amazon – buy here
It’s easy to see how the Koala Hugs pillow is such a popular option for mums-to-be.
The pregnancy pillow comes in a selection of spot-print colours, with a removable zippered cover for easy washing.
It’s filled with silicon fibre flakes to optimise your comfort as you rest, and features laces so it can be tied together for a variety of baby support needs.
Fans like that it combines comfort with attention to detail – see the ‘meticulous packaging’ – and rate it for its quality and multitasking abilities.
‘I love love love this pillow. It is not too big where it takes up half the bed. Is so comfortable, fantastic support and I finally got a good night’s sleep once I had it. I don’t use any other pillows with it, just this on its own.
‘Don’t be alarmed when you first open it. It comes vacuum packed so just shake it out and leave it for a few hours. It plumps right up!’ notes a fan.
3. Tommee Tippee Pregnancy and Baby Pillow
Tommee Tippee Made for Me Pregnancy and Baby Nursing Pillow, £49.99 at Argos – buy here
This support pillow for pregnancy and beyond can be wrapped around the spine, curved around the legs and arranged in whatever way supports your growing baby bump best.
It has a washable, removable cover, and can also be used when nursing baby.
4. Silent Night Body Support Pillow
Silentnight Body Pillow, £25 at JD Williams – buy here
For a budget-friendly pregnancy pillow that’s got great ratings, try Silentnight’s full-body pillow.
Not only is it an award-winning design according to mums, it’s made from soft and squishy microfibre and hollowfibre so is lovely to cuddle and easy to wash.
5. BBhugme Pregnancy Pillow
- bbhugme pregnancy pillow, £139 at JoJo Maman Bébé – buy here
Right off the bat, this pregnancy pillow gets points for style: it comes in various colours and patterns (we’ve even spotted a funky green leaf cover for it) and looks a lot more appealing than the other offerings available for pregnant women.
It also feels good, providing support that can be adjusted to your needs.
You can loosen or tighten the pillow using the rubber bits to make it more firm or soft, depending on what your body requires.
Fans stress that it’s worth every penny, and yes, it can also be used for nursing.
The one downside? The hefty price tag.
6. Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow
- Dreamgenii, £44.99 at John Lewis – buy here
Dreamgenii’s comfy pregnancy pillow supports the back, knees and bump and will stop you from rolling onto your back.
Fans say it helps to assuage backache and SPD, is the ideal length and shape to cuddle to sleep and, when wrapped around the body, works well as a nursing pillow.
7. Grandma Shark Pregnancy Pillow
- (AD) Grandma Shark Pregnancy Pillow for Sleeping, £33.99 at Amazon – buy here
This U-shaped pregnancy pillow is described as ‘massive’ (it comes in 155cm or 170cm sizes) and is a favourite for those looking for full-body support.
Not only is it recommended by those who are pregnant, but arthritis and sciatica sufferers swear by it, too.
Note: It will replace your partner in bed (a joke made by a few reviewers).
8. Queen Rose Pregnancy Pillow
- (AD) Queen Rose full body pregnancy pillow, £50.99 at Amazon – buy here
Queen Rose is another favourite pregnancy pillow brand, although as one fan writes, ‘you don’t need to be pregnant to get this pillow’.
It comes in a selection of four sizes and multiple colours, and you can even choose from a washable cotton or velvet cover.
The U-shaped pillow can help ease discomfort when sleeping in pregnancy, as well as aiding issues from gastric reflux to tendonitis to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Fans insist it’s a sleep ‘game changer’.
9. Bella Moon Pregnancy and Nursing Pillow
New Moon 4-in-1 Pregnancy & Nursing Pillow, £79.20 at Bella Moon – buy here
Bella Moon is a specialist pregnancy and nursing pillow brand.
This design offers four different pillow options in one, with a classic C-shape to cocoon you during pregnancy.
Simply unzip the design to transform it into an infant feeding pillow, tummy time pillow and baby lounger.
Mothers-to-be insist it works wonders in terms of easing back aches and pelvic pain in pregnancy.
Choose from a selection of stylish prints.
10. Little Chick Pregnancy Support Wedge
- Little Chick London 4-in-1 pregnancy support wedge, £20.69 at Little Chick London – buy here
This go-anywhere design from Little Chick wins points for its breathable cotton jersey cover as well as its versatility.
Expecting mums use it as a back support at work, in the car and to sleep on their sides in bed.
It can also help to prop baby up while breastfeeding and works as a baby nest.
What’s the purpose of a pregnancy pillow?
Pregnancy pillows are sleep or resting aids, that can help a woman find some comfort when lying down even as her bump continues to grow.
While it’s by no means essential that you buy one, experts and fans swear they help with pregnancy niggles like back and pelvic pain, and that the right pregnancy pillow can ease you into a comfortable position when sleeping at night – or if you’ve gone away and are in a different bed.
Pregnancy pillows can also help cool you down in the night.
Pregnancy pillows have benefits beyond the pregnant phase: they can help support your baby in a comfortable position during those many early hours, days and weeks spent breastfeeding.
Pregnant women are advised to sleep on their sides from 28 weeks, and the NHS recommends the use of pillows to support your bump or placed between the knees to help make your resting position more comfortable.
When should you start using a pregnancy pillow?
There’s no set time in your pregnancy when you should be using a pregnancy pillow – start cuddling one as soon as you like.
Many women find that around five months they want a bit of extra support as their body changes and they start to feel some aches and pains.
By the third trimester, a pregnancy pillow is viewed as a bedtime essential by many women.
How do you sleep with a pregnancy pillow?
Pregnancy pillows come in a variety of shapes and styles, so can be used in different ways.
Wedge pillows can be propped under your head, belly or back for support.
J- or U-shaped pillows can be cocooned around your back and wound between your legs.
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