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The 8 Best Pregnancy Pillows for 2019

Being pregnant puts a lot of aches and pain on your body.  Part of the problem could be that you’re not sleeping in the correct position or even getting enough sleep.

We put a pregnancy pillow buyer’s guide below on what to look for to make sure you’re all set.

Here are the top 3:

*insert top 3 table*

It was difficult to label these pregnancy pillows as our top 3.  There are almost too many great options out there to choose from, but we know you can’t go wrong with these.

Have a look at our buyer’s guide for the 3 things you need to consider before buying one.

The 8 Best Pregnancy Pillows for 2019

Here are 8 best pregnancy pillows in random order (because they’re all good).

Queen Rose U Shaped

queen rose u shaped pregnancy pillow

The Queen Rose Pregnancy Pillow is a U-shaped pillow that is 100% cotton on the outside with a polyethylene filling.  The filling allows the air to circulate well throughout – keeping you cool, and the U shape offers complete back, stomach, head, and legs support so you don’t have to use multiple pillows.

Queen Rose also has a velour cover option which is velvety and soft to the touch.  You can find it here.

Pharmedoc Pregnancy Pillow (Our #3 Pick)

pharmedoc pregnancy pillow full body

Pharmedoc makes an excellent C shaped pregnancy pillow that keeps your hips, spine, and body aligned throughout the night.  It offers support for your neck, back, stomach, head, and legs with an adjustable synthetic polyfill that will move with you in the night.

The Pharmedoc pillow above has 100% cotton cover, but if that’s not your thing then here is the jersey version:

pharmedoc full body pregnancy pillow jersey

Leachco Back & Belly Contoured Pillow (Our #2 Pick)

leachco back and belly contoured pregnancy pillow

The Leachco Back & Belly is one of the highest, and most reviewed pregnancy pillows on Amazon.  Not only is it a high-quality product at a great price, but the shape is very unique.

The U-shaped pillow is standard on the perimeter of the pillow, but the part you’ll be in contact with through the night is contoured to support your shoulders, and your stomach (even if you accidentally roll over to your right side).

The cover is constructed of 100% cotton with a poly fill on the inside.   The Back N’ Belly offers support for your head, neck, back stomach, legs, and has a removable machine washable cover so you can continue to use this through the end of your pregnancy / after you give birth if you wish.

Hiccapop Wedge Pregnancy Pillow

hiccapop wedge pregnancy pillow

The Hiccapop Wedge is a super simple, versatile, and cost-effective option for those out there looking for a quick fix + long term pillow.

This pregnancy pillow is meant for your entire pregnancy period.  Your needs may shift from a firmer pillow, to a softer pillow and specific parts of your body may need more ‘give’ than another.

The outside is constructed of plush velboa that is soft to the touch, and the inside is made of memory foam.  One side is lower density foam and allows for more ‘sinkage’ while the other side is higher density and doesn’t give as much, making for a great pillow that can adjust with you.

Boppy Bump and Back Geo Circles Pregnancy Pillow

boppy bump and back geo circles pregnancy pillow

The Boppy Geo Circles pillow is unlike any other we’ve seen.  It’s small and portable, but still provides a ton of back and stomach support (simultaneously).  Your body lays in between the mounds and the pillow will move with you through the night.

The middle part of the pillow will also stretch to fit you, and is constructed of 100% jersey cotton on the outside and 100% polyester filling.

Boppy Pregnancy Pillow

boppy bean shaped pregnancy pillow

Boppy is an excellent brand, and they have many styles of pregnancy pillows and other baby products to choose from.

Just like the Boppy Geo Circles model this one also has a unique shape.  The pillow almost looks like a lima bean.

And even though it’s smaller in size it provides excellent back, stomach, and leg support.

If you want more back support you can flip it where the larger part is behind you, and if your stomach is feeling achy you can put the larger side underneath the baby.

The pillow is made of 100% jersey cotton on the outside and filled with 100% poly fiber.  A great fit if you’re looking for a versatile pillow outside of the bed for longer car rides, sitting up in bed, and sitting on the couch too.

Leacho Snoogle Mini Compact

leachco snoogle mini compact pregnancy pillow

Leachco’s Back N’ Belly above is great for the total body pillow, but some women are petite or would prefer a smaller pregnancy pillow.

The Mini Compact isn’t a C shaped pillow, but it almost is.

The curvier section of the pillow goes in between your legs and wraps around to support your lower back while the straighter part supports your stomach.

The pillow is constructed of 100% polyester, and is filled with polyester fabric as well.

Moonlight Slumber Pregnancy Pillow (Our #1 Pick)

moonlight slumber full body pregnancy pillow

The Moonlight Slumber pregnancy pillow is probably the highest quality pillow in the list, and it’s our top ranked out of the 10 listed.

It’s a plush pillow that provides excellent support with a synthetic down filling, and a soft cotton cover.

Even if you’re not pregnant or if you’re shopping for someone who is you may want to consider this pillow for yourself too.

It’s great for overall aches and body pains after prolonged physical activity, resting up after surgery, or if you’re just looking for a plush body pillow that you can hold close every night.

The coolest part is you don’t have to worry about washing a cover.  You can throw the entire pillow in the washer and dryer and the synthetic down filling won’t ever clump.  The outside is constructed of 100% cotton as well.

Pregnancy Pillow Buyer’s Guide

We have excellent information below on what pregnancy pillow you should choose, but if you don’t have time to read the whole thing there’s really 3 things you need to consider when you’re deciding what the best pregnancy pillow is for YOU.

  • Size Matters
  • Which way do you sleep?
  • Do you like soft, or firm?

Size Matters

First, now that you’re pregnant you’re a larger person so taking that into account is step 1.

If you’re 5’ 2” and you’re 130 pounds in your 3rd trimester you may not need a full body size pregnancy pillow, and may opt for a wedge type pillow that is fitting for your smaller size.

But if you’re 5’ 10” and 160-170+ a wedge pillow may not provide enough support for you to get a great night’s sleep.

Consider these things when it comes to size…

  • Your overall body height and weight
  • The size of your bed
  • The size of your partner

And keep in mind personal preference trumps these things as well.  Some people like large pillows because it makes them feel more comfortable when surrounded while some people just like a smaller pillow.

Which Way Do You Sleep Now?

Sleeping during pregnancy is not only critical for the baby, but also critical for your overall health and to ensure that the baby’s development isn’t affected as well.

There’s only one way that is recommended to sleep and that’s on your side.  More specifically – the left side.

Doctors typically recommend sleeping on your left side only (once you pass 4 months of pregnancy) because your liver is on your right side.  By lying on your left side, you take the pressure off your liver which helps get your baby enough nutrients and blood circulation.

Sleeping on your back is a no-no because it can decrease blood circulation, make you feel dizzy, give you abdominal pain, and bring another list of negative effects.

If you aren’t sleeping or functioning well your baby isn’t functioning at its best either.

And if you were comfortable sleeping on your back before pregnancy it can be a difficult adjustment with your newly added weight, and protruding stomach.

So here are the types of pregnancy pillows we recommend for the type of sleeper you are / were.

Back Sleepers

 

What We Recommend
  • U-shaped
  • C-shaped
  • Bean shaped
Why

Back sleepers transitioning into a side sleeping position during pregnancy may find the transition difficult.  You are aware that you need to stay on your side, but may find yourself rolling more towards your back than laying on your side the whole time.  Because of this we recommend a pillow that will not only support your baby bump, but will also support your back to keep you from rolling all the way over to help you transition into a side sleeper during your term.

Side Sleepers

What We Recommend
  • U-shaped
  • C-shaped
  • Bean shaped
  • Full Body
  • Wedge
Why

If you were a side sleeper before pregnancy then you won’t have as many issues with your sleeping style as say a back sleeper, or a stomach sleeper.  Because of this we recommend all the styles of pregnancy pillows for your style of sleep, but also urge you to keep in mind that a pregnancy pillow that offers baby bump support as well as back support simultaneously could offer more benefits.

Stomach Sleepers

Correct, you shouldn’t be sleeping on your stomach, but there are pillows specifically made for pregnancy that solves this issue like the Mommy Pillow.

the mommy pillow stomach sleeping pregnancy pillow

There’s a couple downsides to this pillow that are important to mention though.

  • This pillow won’t be as versatile as some of the other pregnancy pillows out there. You won’t be able to use this behind your back in a chair, or behind your back on the couch.
  • This adds height to your mattress you’re sleeping on. That may not be an issue for you now, but could be if you decide to roll off either side in the night and could make for an uncomfortable fall.

Types of Pregnancy Pillows

There’s 5 types of pregnancy pillows (6 including the uncommon stomach sleeping ones) that you will generally see today.

  • U-shaped
  • C-shaped
  • Bean Shaped
  • Full Body
  • Wedge

U-shaped

moonlight slumber full body pregnancy pillow

U shaped pillows are obviously in the shape of a giant U.  They offer excellent stomach, and back support, and being rather large can keep you in the same comfortable position the entire night.

Pros
  • Back support
  • Stomach support
  • Leg support
  • Head support
  • Support from all sides can keep you from rolling over on your back
  • No separate head pillow required
Cons
  • Takes up a lot of room in the bed. Consider you have also increased in size and adding a pillow can give your partner less room on the mattress.
  • A more expensive option than some other pregnancy pillows.

C-shaped

pharmedoc pregnancy pillow full body

C shaped pregnancy pillows are in a giant C shape and offer excellent support from all sides, but in a unique style.  The top curve of the C is your head support, and the bottom part of the C is your leg support in between your knees and supports your stomach.

Pros
  • Back support
  • Stomach support
  • Leg support
  • Head support
  • Support from all sides can keep you from rolling over on your back
  • No separate head pillow required
Cons
  • Not as universal fitting as some other options. The length and curves of the C pillow could either be too small if you’re a larger person, or too big if you’re a smaller person.  If this is the case you may not be getting the head, leg, and stomach support, but only back support from the lengthy part of the C.

Bean-Shaped

boppy bean shaped pregnancy pillow

Bean shaped pillows are perfect space savers, and because of their small size stay in place a lot easier than larger pillows like U shaped, and C shaped pillows.

Pros
  • Back support
  • Stomach support
  • Leg support
Cons
  • Head pillow is still needed
  • If you need optimal support for both your back and your stomach this may not be the option for you. It does provide great stomach and/or back support depending on how you have the pillow oriented.

Full Body

Full body pillows are a great option if you spend a lot of time around the house and laying on the couch, too. They offer great stomach, head, and leg support, but they are lacking on the back support so keep that in mind.

Pros
  • Head support
  • Leg support
  • Stomach support
  • Great for couch use as well as a prop pillow if you want to sit up in bed too.
Cons
  • No back support
  • Quality of head support depends on the type of sleeper you are. You may have to lean your head more forward to get more head support because it’s more of a pillow that you ‘hug’ not the type of pregnancy pillow that ‘hugs’ YOU.

Wedge

hiccapop wedge pregnancy pillow

Wedge pregnancy pillows are a small, cost effective solution for your growing sleeping pains during pregnancy.  They only offer stomach support, but they are also very versatile and don’t crowd your partner in bed.

Pros
  • Stomach support
  • Use it outside of the bed: In a chair, on the couch, and driving.
  • Small size if you have limited space, or don’t want to crowd your partner.
Cons
  • Separate head pillow needed
  • No back support
  • No leg support

Does the Pregnancy Pillow Have a Removable Cover?

Pregnancy pillows that not only offer great support for you and the one inside, but the ones with a removable and washable cover are also a plus.  If you plan on using the pillow for the length of your term or at least the back half when your stomach starts becoming more noticeable and gets in the way of sleep it can be nice to have a clean one.

Additionally, some of the pregnancy pillows listed above can easily be used after you give birth for either:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Propping yourself up in bed
  • Supporting your back on the couch
  • Driving

So, if you plan to have it afterwards we absolutely recommend one with a removable cover.

Should I Get a Firm or Soft Pregnancy Pillow?

You should look for a pregnancy pillow with a happy medium on support and comfort.  That’s something we mentioned in our My Pillow Review – an option that’s not too firm or too soft.

Something that will keep your body supported in the way it needs to be without becoming that ‘thorn in your side’ when you wake up in the morning.

You have the duty of carrying a child and looking after the health of 2 people now so make sure you get one that is high quality that will hold up, but also provide the comfort needed.

What Is the Pregnancy Pillow Filled With?

Most of the pregnancy pillows in this list, and most available for purchase are constructed of cotton or polyester (or a blend of both) for the cover, and a polyester filling.  However, there are some other options available.

  • Polyester Filling

Shredded polyester is a popular filling for standard pillows as well as the maternity pillows in this list.  It doesn’t circulate air as well as a shredded polyethylene fill, but it does keep quiet when you move around on it during the night.

  • Styrofoam Ball Filling

Not as common as polyester, but breathes better.  The downside to this filling is it is SUPER loud.  This is what a typical bean bag is filled with, and can be extremely noisy.  Not only is it loud, but it doesn’t provide a great balance of comfort and support like a memory foam filling, or polyester filling.  There are better options out there.

  • Micro-bead Filling

Styrofoam filling can be noisy for a pregnancy pillow, but microbeads are much quieter because they are much smaller in size, and still allows air to circulate throughout – keeping you cool.

  • Memory Foam

Mattress companies are starting to steer away from memory foam on the top layer of their mattresses, but are continuing to keep it in their pillows in some shape or fashion.

Memory foam can sleep hot, but there’s a reason why it’s been such a hit in the health industry – it’s so plush.

Most companies are now aware of how hot memory foam can sleep, so they started to combine it with an aerated top layer like the Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow we mentioned above, and mattresses like Leesa.

Do You Need a Pregnancy Pillow?

‘Needing’ a pregnancy pillow really comes down to 2 things.

  • Have you been in pain from sleeping?
  • Do you have the budget for it?

Your body is going through a multitude of changes so it can be hard to pinpoint if sleeping in the wrong position / not getting enough of it is the culprit here.

You may need to closely monitor what your body feels like before you go to sleep and when you wake up for a week of two before you can determine what’s causing the aches and pains.

It’s best to focus on what exactly IS hurting too, and being more specific.

Obviously, carrying the weight of the baby can make you achy but maybe it’s your lower back that hurts because your stomach isn’t being properly supported.

When you consider the amount of time we spend sleeping – it’s best to find the most comfortable position possible during that time.

And once you’ve determined if sleep is part of the pain, and you can pinpoint where you’re hurting on a consistent basis you can now make an informed decision on what type of pregnancy pillow to buy.

If you don’t have a big budget smaller size pillows are your new best friend.  Less material = less cost for you.  Small and medium size pillows like the Boppy Geo Circles pillow, or the Leachco Snoogle Mini Compact could be a great fit for you AND your wallet.

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