As your body changes during pregnancy, you're likely adding more comfortable clothes, bras, shoes, and baby belly-friendly pieces to your wardrobe. Your closet, however isn't the only area that needs some updating. One area that is easy to overlook is your "pregnancy nighttime essentials," which no only includes a good sleep bra, although that's a must too. As your pregnancy goes on, quality of sleep usually goes downhill fast and investing in one or two of the best pregnancy pillows might be an essential addition to your pregnancy treasure trove — even more useful than that super comfy pair of maternity leggings you just bought.
Much like a good maternity bra, pregnancy pillows aren't necessarily one size fits all. There are lots of styles and shapes to fit your body support needs. The most common designs are U-shaped, C-shaped, wedge-shaped, and a basic long, body pillow. Each style provides different amounts of support and will work for each woman differently.
According to Parenting Healthy Babies, a supportive pregnancy pillow can help stimulate deep sleep, improve blood circulation, encourage relaxation, and decrease body aches. To sweeten the deal, many of the most popular pillows can be used after baby is born as nursing support pillows and for continued support at night.
Motherhood takes a toll on your body, but with a good pregnancy (and beyond) pillow, you'll feel like you can take it all in stride.
1. Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
If you're looking for a pillow to not only support your belly, but your head, back, and legs as well, then the Leachco Snoogle Total Body pillow will be your new best friend. It's one of the highest rated pregnancy pillows and the price point is more affordable than other full body, "C-shaped" pillows.
2. Boppy Pregnancy Wedge Pillow
For a pillow that's small yet versatile, the Boppy pregnancy wedge pillow will check every item off your list. You can use it as a support for your belly, back, or legs while you sleep, or even slide it behind your back to use as a support while sitting in a chair.
3. Leachco Back 'N Belly Contoured Body Pillow
Although it looks similar to the Leachco Snoogle Total Body pillow, this Back 'N Belly pillow is actually much larger and has a "U-shape" that allows you to use the pillow in many different ways. You can sleep propped up on your back or on either side with the pillow wrapping all the way around you. And when baby arrives, you can even fasten the two ends together to use it as a giant nursing support.
4. Sealy Sweet Pea 2-in-1 Maternity and Nursing Pillow
Similar to the Leachco Snoogle, this 2-in-1 pregnancy pillow is slightly smaller and can double as a nursing pillow once you don't need the belly support.