"In the year since the beginning of the Military History Collections Inventory project, other members of the team and I have seen just about every type of military uniform we could conceive of. We have learned to identify branch, rank, even time period of different uniform pieces with relative ease, which is why we were surprised to come across a uniform unlike any we had seen before. It was a blue smock top paired with a white blouse and blue skirt, and it turned out to be a United States Air Force officer’s maternity dress uniform."[14]
No matter what your natural sleep position tendencies are, as your baby begins to grow you will most likely find yourself having to adjust your comfort to accommodate your changing body. Most women find that a side sleeping position becomes the easiest, and most comfortable, position to rest within- and most pregnancy pillows are constructed to help you rest in such a manner.
When you can no longer do up the button on your favourite skinny jeans, it might be time to invest in a maternity pair designed to accommodate your growing bump. We know these are trousers you might only wear for four to five months, but there are plenty of affordable options out there – from the high street as well as pregnancy specialists.  Take it from us: swapping a digging-in waistband and trousers two sizes too big that you have to hoick up every few seconds, for something actually made to fit a growing little human is pretty liberating.  

Pregnancy can be a very tumultuous time. During your pregnancy, you’re going to crave abnormal foods and you’ll also find it nearly impossible to get comfortable. The extra weight that you’re forced to carry will make it difficult to sleep, walk and perform most mundane tasks. The good news is that you do not need to suffer for the entire duration of your pregnancy. By investing in a good pregnancy pillow, you will be able to receive a little extra comfort, so you can nap during the day and sleep comfortably at night.
Hip pain, heartburn, having to wake up every few hours to pee—getting a full eight hours of shuteye is challenging when you're pregnant, especially in the third trimester. "During pregnancy, most women will experience some insomnia," says Fahimeh Sasan, DO, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "Sometimes it's difficult finding a comfortable position, and sometimes it's for no reason at all."
Long, large maternity pillows allow a woman to take some of the pressure off her body by supporting that growing belly, providing relief to both her back as well as her core and her abdomen. These pillows also allow for better alignment of the knees and hips, which reduces pressure on the spine and upper body. In other words, they help her feel almost normal and let the expectant mom get comfortable enough to actually sleep for a few hours now and then.
We like the fact that this under-the-bump pair comes in a 30 leg, so are ideal for the vertically challenged. They are super-comfy and a flattering fit. The wide waist band is comfortable, however we did find there was some slipping down, so we’d suggest the added support of a maternity bump band (New Look does a good set of three). These also come in black. The cut is a bit more generous than the standard Leighs, so bear that in mind before you buy. 
Although we found all the pillows helped us achieve a peaceful night’s sleep, the Summer Maternity pillow from JoJo Mama Bébé is our overall favourite for comfort, full-body support and adaptability. It’s a great size and shape for women of every height, and works well after the birth for breast feeding. We also really like the lighter back and bump support of the Dreamgeenii for the early stages of pregnancy.
“This pillow has given me the best sleep that I’ve had in a long time. I love the comforting feeling of being held and supported — it’s like spooning, but you don’t need another person. This is a pillow that, despite its size, I will take with me when I travel — don’t want to miss a single night of sleeping without it. I’ve also found that it has alleviated some of my chronic lower-back pain. Of all the different kinds of pillows I’ve tried over the years, this is definitely the ultimate in pillow comfort.”
Many pillows are only good for sleeping on your side. This can be a major problem for back sleepers. The Back ‘N Belly Pillow is truly one of the most versatile pregnancy body pillows on the market. As the name suggests, this pillow is capable of accommodating all types of sleepers. Whether you sleep on your back, belly or side, this pillow will prove to be a great investment. Plus, it delivers firm support, so you’ll never sink into the material.
This is an excellent choice for expectant mothers at any point in their pregnancy, as well as anyone else needing a supportive position for any sort of recovery that requires you to be positioned a certain way. Although the loft is higher, it does provide cradling support and gives well under pressure. The plush feel of the pillow cradles your body and allows you to relax without putting undue pressure on joints or strain on your back.
When purchasing pillows and other linen, it is generally a good idea to pay close attention to the thread count. This figure can help you determine what type of quality you’re getting. In most cases, a higher thread count equates to a higher quality and vice versa. The Oversized – Total Body Pillow possesses a 400-thread count feel. This should give you reassurance that the pillow is built to last and very soft. Plus, the pillow features a microfiber polyester shell and fill. This combination makes the pillow very comfortable and long-lasting. Even after repeated use, the pillow’s filling will spring back to its normal shape.

Created to address the needs of mothers needing very specific belly support, the Boppy Pregnancy Wedge Pillow is a 4-inch tall, tapered foam wedge that takes on the weight of a heavily pregnant belly to alleviate the stress and strain placed upon the back and hips through the night. Not only does this allow your soft tissues to relax properly, it also supports proper spinal alignment and all-body blood flow. It also can be used on your the back to lay against, or even in various positions while sitting to allow supportive contouring comfort that fills in the natural curves and arches of the back that are often magnified through pregnancy.
This Snoogle pillow from Leachco is truly designed to provide the user with the maximum level of comfort possible. The pillow can be used in various ways to combat numerous problems. For instance, it can be positioned behind your back for support. You can also slip the pillow between your legs to better control your body temperature. If you’re having difficulty breathing, you can use the pillow to incline your neck and prop your head off of the mattress.
Behold, Remedy’s full-body U-shaped pregnancy pillow surrounds you completely, front and back. Use it to sleep in any position as your aches and pains shift during pregnancy. Made of 100 percent polyester fill, it’s received 4.5 star reviews for its softness and pliability, though some reviewers wish it were a foot longer to accommodate taller women.
There's no exact science as to when you should start wearing maternity clothes. As every woman's body changes differently, you may not know when you need maternity clothing until your regular wardrobe starts feeling snug. A maternity band is a great piece to take you from the early stages of pregnancy to the end. It offers support for your growing belly, while giving you the coverage you may need as you transition from your regular clothes. Keep in mind that all maternity clothing sold on BestBuy.ca is designed to fit throughout pregnancy and after, so it's never too early (or late) to start stocking up on cute maternity tops, chic maternity dresses, and belly-hugging maternity bottoms.
"I needed to train myself to sleep on my side," writes one reviewer. "I’m pretty sure I’ve been through every preggers pillow on the market, and this is by far my favorite because it has been the most effective." The secret? Instead of fluff, the Babymoov is filled with microbeads which actually mold to your body to support your back and tummy. It can also be used as a headrest or lumbar pillow, and it's available in both gray and white.
Sound like a familiar scene: You’re exhausted and can’t wait to crawl into bed, but when you do, your ever-growing bump is right there, creating a wedge between you and a good night’s sleep. While you might have dismissed a pregnancy pillow as an unnecessary purchase (after all, you have plenty of pillows already), a great pregnancy pillow is actually engineered to ease the discomfort of pregnancy and cradle you off to dreamland. Most support your belly, of course, but others target hip or back pain, because let’s face it: carrying a baby for nine months takes its toll on more than just your midsection.
It should come as no surprise to learn that the KHOMO Full Body Pillow might be a little too bulky for some women. Nevertheless, its massive size offers major benefits. Once you’ve added this pillow to your bed, you’ll never need another one. It supports all parts of the body and also combats those nasty allergies. For the price, this maternity body pillow is easily a steal. 

When you're out and about with your newborn baby, traditional bras can make nursing much more difficult than it has to be. Enjoy a more convenient nursing experience along with plenty of support with a nursing bralette or breastfeeding bra from the special collection at Old Navy. A shelf bra offers the familiar fit and feel of conventional styles with an easy access shoulder clasp so you can be ready to feed your little one in just a few seconds. They are also fully lined to give you a silky and easy to wear feel you'll appreciate more and more as the day goes on. You can also get an added level of support with a wide strap racerback design for more even distribution and a stretchy hem that allows it to slip into position at a moment's notice. Every undergarment is this collection is made for simple wash and wear maintenance so you always have the right options for your outfit, and deliver all the slim and streamlined cushioning you need to take on the day with confidence and comfort. Discover a range of great options for new mothers in the updated inventory of nursing bras now in stock at Old Navy Canada.

Designed for both pregnancy and breast feeding, this full-length pillow has been created in collaboration with a physiotherapist in order to “fill in the gaps” from head to toe when sleeping on your side, providing support for stomach, spine, legs, and ankles too. A rather technical-looking pillow, it comes in three separate pieces that can be attached, removed or reconfigured with Velcro strips depending on your preference. We love the flexibility this allows, making it possible for mums to use their own pillow for their head and choosing whether or not to have central body support. We found it a very natural, intuitive shape that offered light support without feeling bulky or causing us to overheat.


Pregnancy is a beautiful, magical time in a woman's life. But it sure isn't fun trying to get some rest when you have a veritable bowling ball where your tummy used to be. A good pregnancy pillow can help support a mother's growing belly and take the strain off her back and joints. The Queen Rose Pregnancy and Maternity Pillow is our top choice because it's supportive, soft, and affordably priced.

Waist Trainers are perfect add-ons to your daily life and / or your workout session. Nature has designed the stomach to store fat along with surplus water within the body. Exercise can reduce fat store in the skin cells up to some extent, but the excess water does not go anywhere with training. It is where the waist trainers come in handy. You can fasten these corsets and belts around your waist and enable your body to sweat off surplus water from the stomach region. When the body gets rid of the surplus water, you lose the water weight thus contributing towards weight loss. The compression from the waist trainer will also heat up your core significantly, enhancing your body's own fat burning ability!
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The large size and 8.25-pound weight of this polyester filled, cotton-covered pillow also make it impractical to bring with you during travels, but later on in a pregnancy, most women are avoiding travel if at all possible anyway, so that's no great issue, and certainly not equal to the value of a good night of sleep at home. Also, let's not lose sight of the biggest selling point of this maternity pillow, which is the fact that it sells for less than $50.
The Bravado Designs essential embrace nursing bra delivers comfort and amazing support without an underwire. The revolutionary fabric combines premium cotton and luxurious microfiber all in one for breathability on the inside and a smooth look on the outside. All Bravado Designs nursing bras have our proprietary, easy open and close, one-handed Bravado Designs 'b' nursing clips. In addition, the full drop away cup design allows for maximum skin-to-skin contact. A bra conversion kit is included so you can convert your nursing bra to a 'regular bra' once your nursing journey is complete. All Bravado Designs styles are tested and certified in accordance with oeko-tex standard 100 requirements, which ensures products are free from harmful substances.
Since your rest is crucial to not only your own health but to the baby, picking the sleep aids that can help you rest more comfortably is an important step to consider. There are many pregnancy pillow styles available for you to choose from, but due to how different each and everybody truly is, you should take the time to research which you feel would be best for you.
If you're looking for versatility, the Boppy pregnancy wedge is the way to go. It's compact, lightweight, and portable, but its firm design can be placed under the belly, lumbar, back, butt, or even between the legs for extra support in any position. The jersey cotton slipcover is both soft and stylish, and some reviewers even use it in the car or while sitting at their desk.
The Puredown Pillow is designed for maximum longevity and comfort. It has a 300 thread count and a 100% cotton outer cover. This combination helps to guarantee that meticulous care and consideration has been put into the manufacturing of this specific pillow. Even better is the fact that this pillow is filled with comfortable hypoallergenic material. This helps to calm your allergies, while giving you a great night’s sleep.
First and foremost, you should familiarize yourself with the basic concept of the maternity pillow. Everyone is familiar with the conventional pillow. The pregnant pillow is very similar, but vastly different in terms of design. In general, pillows for pregnant women will be much bigger than their traditional counterparts. They’ll actually wrap around the user’s entire body, so the baby’s weight can be supported. While there are many similarities, each headrest/bolster is unique in its own right. Therefore, it is pertinent to learn a little more about the various characteristics of these products, before attempting to make a purchase.
It is recommended to sleep on your left side, as it increases the amount of blood flow and nutrients to the placenta. You also can better help relieve back pain by sleeping on your side, a common complaint of many pregnant women. Later in pregnancy, many women experience heartburn, making any position that has your head more leveled with the rest of your body uncomfortable. This is when raising your upper body slightly can help, and sleeping on your back, with your upper body elevated may provide the relief you need.
Maternity clothing is generally worn only during the second and third trimesters, and possibly for several weeks or months after the birth of the baby while a woman regains her pre-pregnancy size. If a woman expects to be pregnant only once or twice, buying maternity clothing that will be worn only for about six months, can be considered expensive.[4] Women who cannot afford or don't want to spend large amounts of money on maternity clothing may choose to just wear either larger, looser clothing or buy secondhand maternity clothes via yard sales and also consignment clothes stores. Also, some products, such as button extenders or Ingrid & Isabel's Bellaband wrap, are intended to work with the woman's non-maternity clothing, to reduce the need for specialized clothing.[4]
The cover comes in two choices: a cotton blend, or soft minky material, that unzips fairly easily for washing purposes. It also is offered in a variety of colors to provide you decor choice, as well as easy use as a nighttime positioning aid even after pregnancy. The shape also allows for easier storage as it folds and bends quite well to tuck away after use despite its relative bulk.
When purchasing pillows and other linen, it is generally a good idea to pay close attention to the thread count. This figure can help you determine what type of quality you’re getting. In most cases, a higher thread count equates to a higher quality and vice versa. The Oversized – Total Body Pillow possesses a 400-thread count feel. This should give you reassurance that the pillow is built to last and very soft. Plus, the pillow features a microfiber polyester shell and fill. This combination makes the pillow very comfortable and long-lasting. Even after repeated use, the pillow’s filling will spring back to its normal shape.
This pillow is designed with one thing in mind: nighttime pregnancy support. This shapeable, total body pillow was created to allow for added belly support, as well as added comfort for head, neck, hip, and back positioning. The unique shape and construction allow for some slight shaping, which boasts a full 85-inch length to take advantage of to lay upon or wrap yourself within through the night.
Don’t be put off by the snail-like appearance of this maternity pillow. Zipped up, it works as a feeding pillow, while unzipped, it snakes into a heart shape that works incredibly well for supporting your neck, back and knees. A slightly chunkier pillow than the others tested, it works well to support and prop you up, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. It’s also great for stopping you from rolling onto your back. Our only complaint was the rather utilitarian, cheap feeling cotton pillowcase, that though removable and washable, isn’t available in any other alternatives. 

The full-length pillow is generally a better option, but somewhat more expensive initially. This type of pillow can be straight or curved. Nevertheless, it will be designed to support the most important parts of your body, including your back, belly, and head. Choosing a full-body pillow is generally best, but you’ll first want to make sure you have enough room for it!

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