A long night’s sleep is all you think about when you’re pregnant. It is almost a struggle to get some good sleep with the expanding hips and the growing stress. But there is a way to get some more sleep. Pregnancy pillows. Yes, these really help. They alleviate any disruption and help you sleep better.
What Is A Pregnancy Pillow?
Pregnancy pillows change according to your curves and offer support in different sleeping positions. As your pregnancy progresses, when sleeping on your back gets difficult, these pillows offer great support.
Benefits Of Using A Pregnancy Pillow
These pillows adjust to your body curves, support your hips, back, neck, back and most parts of your body. The design of this pillow is such that you can sleep in a half fetus position which is the most recommended position by doctors. Pregnancy pillows have benefits such as:
- Improves blood circulation
- Prevents body pains
- Longer sleeping duration
- Useful postpartum
When To Start Using A Pregnancy Pillow?
You start using a pregnancy pillow when you are about 20 weeks pregnant. There is no particular time to start using a pregnancy pillow. In your 20th week, your tummy starts and gets heavy. This may cause some stress on your back and ligament pain. Pregnancy pains can be used along with a support belt to deal with pains.
Tips To Choose The Best Pregnancy Pillow
Pregnancy pillows are different types and buying any pillow is not going to cut it or help you very much. So here is a brief guide to picking the best pregnancy pillow for your body.
1. Removable Cover
A pillow with a removable cover is much easier to maintain and clean. As your pregnancy progresses, you tend to sweat more as your hormones are raging. The pregnancy pillow absorbs the sweat and makes it difficult to get rid of the sweat. A removable is more hygienic and can keep the pillow clean. Choose pillows that have a zipper or a simple slit to remove the cover.
Also, choose the covers which have a simple slip or a zip rather than buttons or studs, for easy removal.
2. Filling Inside Pillow
The material used to fill the pillow has a lot to do with your sleep quality. the different type of materials are:
i. Styrofoam ball filling:
Styrofoam balls are small white balls which are mostly used in filling in bean bags. These balls are cheap and the most sold ones. These are light-weight and filled with air so they can adapt to your body easily and give the right support to your body. The only drawback is that it makes noise when you toss around.
ii. Polyester fiber filling:
This filling makes no noise and they are also the second most sold pillows. The firmness depends on the amount of fiber in the pillow. The drawbacks are it absorbs heat and may collect mites, dust, and even bacteria. It can lead to breathing issues and it has a short lifespan of about two years.
iii. Micro-beads filling:
These are very fine and almost feels like sand inside the pillow. They are lightweight, don’t make much noise. They are also soft and make you move with ease.
iv. Memory foam filling:
Memory foam filled pregnancy pillows are firm. They take the shape of your body when pressed and regain their shape once you’re up. They are good in reducing pressure points, body aches and also relieve back pain. But, they have an unpleasant odor due to the material or your sweat. Also, during summers, they may increase your body temperature.
v. Natural and organic filling:
These pillows are environmentally friendly, breathable and well ventilated. The most common used materials are bamboo, wool, fiber, spelt, and kapok. Unlike memory foam, these pillows don’t regain their shape and they are tough to clean too.
3. The Noise And Smell Of The Pillow
As mentioned above, a few pillows make some noise when you move your head or body. This may disturb your sleep. So be careful of what material you choose inside the pillow.
4. Size Of The Pillow
If you have a large sized bed, you can opt for large pillows as it would occupy more space. It just depends on your bed size really.
5. Soft vs. Firm Pregnancy Pillows
Many of you may prefer a soft pillow. But they will not offer you the right support which you will get from a firm pillow. You may find it uncomfortable initially but you will get accustomed to it.
6. Hypoallergenic Pillow
When you’re pregnant, your body is very sensitive and you may be prone to more allergies during this time. If you have any breathing issues or skin problems choose a hypoallergenic pillow.
7. Body Types, Sleeping Positions And The Choice Of Pillow:
Your body type and sleeping position is one major aspect you need to consider before purchasing a pregnancy pillow. Talk to an expert or your doctor and choose a pillow which suits your body type and sleeping position.