Being pregnant is one of the most exciting phases in a woman’s life and it is also the most stressful.
Carrying a growing life inside a mother’s tummy may be a natural process but it also brings on a great deal of changes inside the body.
The hormonal malfunctions create a sort of chaos that only an infanticipating woman can describe and understand. And, as the stomach grows, so the need to have a good night’s sleep increases. One of the key problems is rooted in having the wrong pillow(s) to sleep on.
We will look today at various different options you have when it comes to getting a great maternity pillow and how to use the various styles for best effect.
Common Pregnancy Sleeping Issues
Sleeping with a hard, growing tummy heavy with a baby kicking inside is no joke. This causes a lot of disturbed or even entirely sleepless nights. Using the wrong pillow simply worsens the issue.
A swelling belly gives a lot of stress to the mother not only psychologically but also physically. Pregnant moms, especially those in their last trimester, find it even more difficult to position themselves while sleeping or even resting on the couch during the day.
Sleeping on your back will cause back and hip aches, cramps and pressure to the internal organs (specifically to the urinary bladder which will lead to frequent urination during the night). Getting up to use the toilet disrupts sleepiness in anyone so this should come as no surprise.
This particular sleeping position also makes breathing rather difficult since the heaviness of the tummy seems to weigh too much on the chest.
Pregnant women always need their feet lifted when they are seated for the huge weight of the stomach puts a lot of burden on the feet.
The baby’s constant quickening (movement) at the last stages wakes the expectant mom continuously. Having the incorrect pillow will add to these sleep issues.
Choosing the Best Pillow
Decades ago, pregnant women contended with using at least four pillows placed around them when they were sleeping. These pillows were each placed to support the head, back, neck and belly.
Some chose harder pillows to keep themselves from moving too much while asleep which can cause slight pain in the back, shoulders and neck. Others opted for super-soft pillows to make their sleep more comfy but at times this made them sink in a bit causing tummies to get crushed to the side. That’s bad news for the baby as it can cause the fetus to have difficulty breathing and moving.
Our mothers and the mothers before them used a pillow to lift up their feet or even place their feet higher against the wall to relax their burdened lower extremities. The heavy weight of their bulging stomach is one reason why pregnant women often get varicose veins on their feet and legs.
Thanks to modern technology, conceiving mothers can now choose and buy pregnancy pillows especially designed for them. There is a huge choice on the market today. Simply go to the maternity sections of any store and you will find a wide variety to investigate. You can also, of course, choose to do your research and buying online.
This is a pillow specifically designed to give comfort and ease to pregnant women not just during sleeping hours but also whenever they want to relax and stretch their bodies whether on the couch or bed.
There’s no need to use three or four pillows to give you comfort while sleeping. In this article, we will help you choose the best type of pregnancy pillow to buy.
When selecting the right maternity pillow, you must first determine what type of discomforts you are experiencing, especially at night. There are certain types of pillows made specially to address different kinds of discomforts experienced.
You should also consider what texture, size and length of the pillow you prefer.
Types of Pregnancy Pillows
How to use your pregnancy pillow depends, to a large extent, on the specific type you choose.
We will now break down the diverse number of options at your disposal…
Full Body Support Maternity Pillow
This type supports the whole body as you sleep and is very helpful for anyone complaining of back and hip pains. It comes in regular, medium and large sizes ideal for any bed.
The C-Shaped Maternity Pillow
This one, as the name implies, comes in a C Shape. It is made to conform to the body as you are sleeping on your side. This was, it supports the head, neck, feet, back and thighs.
The U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
This pillow is shaped like a horseshoe with both edges curled or attached to each other. It only comes in large sizes. This type supports the whole body from head to toe, including the all-important belly.
Like the C-shaped pillow, the back is fully supported if you want to recline your back a bit without experiencing any pain in the morning. Being wholly wrapped into this type of pillow will add a feeling of security that you won’t ever go into the wrong sleep position or get the feeling of being about to fall off the bed.
The Wedge-Shaped Maternity Pillow
If you are short on budget, you should think about getting this type of pregnancy pillow. The wedge shape supports only the back and belly. To use it, you need to lie on it and its very softness will make the pillow adapt to your weight.
You will not have any worries that your back is going to ache in the aftermath. You can also use a wedge-shaped pillow up against your back when seated. It will help to soothe your aching back.
- Important Note: All maternity pillows are expressly made of materials that are both soft for comfort and hard for support. There are sizes designed for moms of any height. So, before deciding on what to buy always ask for assistance so you can get the one best suited to your needs. It always pays to read plenty of online reviews for an honest evaluation from someone who has used the product already.
The J-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
This one resembles the U-shaped pillow only it’s a bit shorter. It will also give full support to the whole body, the tummy in particular.
The G-Shaped Pillow
It's G-shaped figure gives full support (although it is not as long as the U-shaped pillow). It’s designed to be used not just for sleeping but also for relaxing, sitting and lying down.
The L-Shaped Maternity Pillow
Because of its L-shape, this pillow supports only the back and tummy and, if you wish to turn to the other side, you will need to turn it over too. That said, it is relatively comfortable even with its short size.
The I-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
This style can only support the head, back and feet. Even so, it is also very comfortable to use.
- Important Note: Choose pillows with materials such as cotton which are light and hypoallergenic. This will help you to to avoid any problems with your health as well as protecting the precious baby inside you.
In closing, we hope this information makes your search for a great maternity pillow that much easier.
We will be reviewing some of the best options available in a forthcoming article so watch this space…
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