While women were integrated into the U.S. military in 1948, they were automatically discharged if they became pregnant. However, in the late 1970s it was decided that in order to keep women in an all-volunteer armed forces the military needed to change its policy regarding pregnancy. Following complaints that pregnant women dressed in civilian clothing undermined moral, between 1978 and 1980 the armed forces began to issue military maternity outfits. Writing about her experience working on the Armed Forces History Collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, museum expert Bethanee Bemis wrote (in 2011):
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.
If you are familiar with most pregnancy pillows on the market, you probably already know that the hard edges are one of the biggest problems. The hard edges of the pillows just dig and dig into your shoulders and create an uncomfortable environment. However, thanks to the innovative design of the Today’s Mom this is something that you never have to experience. This pillow actually features a shoulder support design, which contours to the shoulders and provides more comfort than you can imagine.
Need a pregnancy body pillow you can snuggle while lying on your side? Meet the Snoogle pregnancy pillow. Its hook shape supports your back while one end goes under your head (giving you ample extra length to snuggle) and the other end tucks between your legs. There’s a simple, unadorned version, but for an additional $30 you can buy an extra pillowcase.
The Dressy Dress:Not investing in a decent dress is definitely one of my pregnancy wardrobe regrets. With several nights out, my sister’s graduation and two weddings to attend I thought I could cleverly purchase a non-maternity dress in a floaty style, a size larger than my normal dress size. Obviously then I could wear it post-birth with a belt or even taken in if necessary. How WRONG I was. In reality I looked like a beached whale and it didn’t help that the dress was grey to boot. Even now I can’t look at it without grimacing slightly and I know that I really should just close the door on the whole chapter by giving it away.
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.
While many women will prefer a larger body pillow, others will agree that something smaller is more reasonable. This is why the Leachco Snoogle Mini is truly the perfect size for many pregnant women. While the pillow is very compact, it still offers a sufficient amount of support. Plus, it can be used in various positions to better target certain parts of the body. Plus, the pillow’s size makes it far more convenient than its competitors. The pillow is more portable and can easily be stored in a closet when it is not needed.

Dress right during pregnancy! Shop Thyme Maternity's collection of women's dresses made for pregnant women. Think pregnancy dresses perfect for any occasion and any season. For spring or summer, opt for a maternity maxi dress in a bright colour or print. Maternity gowns and party dresses are chic choices for work events and holiday get-togethers. Our maternity dresses are all made with soft fabrics to enhance your figure during and after pregnancy, while their pretty prints and hues dress up your wardrobe.
Each piece in our maternity wear collection is crafted with quality fabrics and durable construction to make the best maternity clothes in Canada. We design clothes specifically with your growing belly in mind for a comfortable, flattering fit. Browse fashion in soft fabrics with plenty of give like textured knit, slub jersey, French terry, and stretch modal. Find garments in more structured materials such as Tencel, linen, poplin, chambray, and premium denim with special construction features that make room for baby while still looking great on you. Explore tops with empire waists, well-placed darts, and extended hemlines to fit and flatter your stomach alongside crossover and snap shirts great for nursing. Skirts, shorts, jeans, and other bottoms have either an elasticized waist or a full, demi, or inset panel so they look as great as they are comfortable to wear. 

This enormous U-shaped pillow is great for those looking for solid support in the later stages of pregnancy. The fuller length and shape-retaining hypoallergic bead filling mean it’s great for supporting your belly, spine and knees, relieving pressure and keeping you upright on your side.  It is also designed with a soothing lavender-fragranced inner lining that some testers found very relaxing. We found it an extremely comforting and comfortable style, although the size does make it a little anti-social if you’re sharing a bed. Partners should be prepared to squeeze rather than snuggle up.
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.
Generally, you should buy maternity clothes in your pre-pregnancy size. As maternity clothing provides extra room around the belly and bust, it gives you the comfort you need for your changing body. If you're in between sizes or are still unsure of what size to buy, consult our maternity wear sizing chart. Take measurements around the fullest part of your bust, your hips (under your bump), and your bump circumference, and compare these numbers to the sizing chart to find your ideal fit.
Need a pregnancy body pillow you can snuggle while lying on your side? Meet the Snoogle pregnancy pillow. Its hook shape supports your back while one end goes under your head (giving you ample extra length to snuggle) and the other end tucks between your legs. There’s a simple, unadorned version, but for an additional $30 you can buy an extra pillowcase.
Finding the right pillow can be difficult. This is definitely the case, when you’re tall. Most pillows are simply too tiny for a tall female. Thankfully, the Oversized – Total Body Pillow is oversized and therefore can easily accommodate women of all shapes and sizes. This body pillow for pregnancy is available in various colors and it comes with a money back guarantee. Could this be the pillow you’ve been looking for? You’ll find out below!
While the Leachco Back n Belly Chic Contoured Body Pillow is primarily marketed as a maternity pillow, in fact, many of the people who use are not only not pregnant women, but are in fact not even women at all. This large, generously stuffed pillow can help reduce the aches and pains associated with scoliosis, sciatica, chronic back pain, and more. It can also simply prop up a side sleeper who is looking for more comfort, no defined medical condition necessary.
While the Leachco Back n Belly Chic Contoured Body Pillow is primarily marketed as a maternity pillow, in fact, many of the people who use are not only not pregnant women, but are in fact not even women at all. This large, generously stuffed pillow can help reduce the aches and pains associated with scoliosis, sciatica, chronic back pain, and more. It can also simply prop up a side sleeper who is looking for more comfort, no defined medical condition necessary.
The best part of these Waist Trainers is that you will feel the immediate effect of as you put one of these on your midsection. You do NOT need to be a gym goer to feel and see the effects that a waist trainer will have. Any of the waist trainers in this collection will immediately boost your confidence the moment you put one on, as it will completely slim your waist and smooth out any bumps, while also enhancing your body's curves!

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. 


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.

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.
This pillow is an extremely popular product among mums-to-be, apparently even Cheryl Tweedy was a big fan while pregnant. The focus of this pillow is to support your bump and lower back, which our testers found it did a great job of, preventing them from rolling onto their backs and comfortably maintaining a side-on position. As with most of the pillows, it comes with a machine washable cotton cover, and five new print designs have just launched for the autumn.
Body pillows come in a wide variety of sizes. This is good, but it may also force you to experiment to find the one that suits you the best. If you decide to choose a wedge pillow, the size probably won’t matter nearly as much. However, size is paramount when purchasing a full-body pillow. It is vital to make sure you choose a pillow that perfect matches your height. You should be able to snuggle with the pillow comfortably and all parts of your body should be supported.
PharMeDoc specializes in orthopedic bed pillows, as well as wellness and fitness products. Their pregnancy pillows are created with overall body comfort in mind and are specific to supporting spinal alignment. The 62-inch length and 30-inch width that is fully adjustable provides this full body, slightly c-shaped pillow versatility to use at any point in your pregnancy, or even for body pillow support afterward.
There’s nothing like a brand new dress to make you feel fantastic and here at Seraphine, all of our styles are designed to fit and flatter your figure through every stage of pregnancy. Seraphine is the fashion destination of choice for expectant mamas all around the globe, loved by A-list celebs and royals alike. Inspired by the latest trends and cleverly adapted to make the most of your changing body, browse our collection to find dresses or maxi dresses for any occasion.
As with many pillows, personal comfort is a major factor to consider, especially due to the ever-changing nature of pregnancy progression. Choosing from the many different shapes and styles can be a difficult decision, which is why we have provided more detail to each of the above choices with examples of personal trial runs. In some cases, you may find mixing and matching pillows, or using certain ones during different stages of pregnancy may help with your overall sleep comfort.
Women in Eastern cultures, however, have maintained a much greater sense of modesty when it comes to maternity wear. In both the Islamic and Asian cultures, maternity wear is much less fitted, hemlines are longer and necklines higher. Modern Islamic maternity wear uses fabrics with brighter colours and bolder prints.[11] Aside from cultural modesty, Chinese women have sometimes sought to hide their second pregnancy in less shapely clothes because Chinese policy has dictated that they can only have one child. In Chinese and Japanese cultures, there is a fear of radiation from devices such as computers and mobile phones, especially during pregnancy. Even though there is no evidence to support this (according to WHO[12]), Asian maternity wear is often manufactured from “anti-radiation” fabrics.[13]
Most pregnant women will sleep alongside their significant other. While it might seem like it, you should remember that you’re not the only one dealing with the stresses of the pregnancy. Your comfort should receive more emphasis, but you’ll also want to be courteous. Therefore, you should consider your partner. Make sure you choose a pillow that will not consume the entire width of the bed. In other words, do not make your partner sleep on the couch, unless he deserves it.
The Boppy Company name has become synonymous over the years with quality products for mom and baby to help make life both more comfortable and affordable. Sold by a variety of retailers, their many products are simple and easy to find, and although their pregnancy wedge may not look like much, it is a popular and incredibly versatile support that can get you to rest easier. The soft jersey cover is also easily removable for washing and is a neutral color to help match any decor.
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.
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.
Car seats are one of the most critical pieces of gear parents with young kids need, but they're also one of the most overwhelming items to buy. We've cut through the confusion to find the best ones for kids of all ages. The Chicco KeyFit 30, the Chicco NextFit, the Britax Frontier ClickTight, and the Graco Affix are slam-dunk seats that are all safe, comfy, and easy to install.
“This review is coming from a woman with multiple joint problems, including subluxing neck, shoulders, hips, and spine. I have purchased every known neck and support pillow, including body pillows, known to man, and have never found one that works all by itself. After buying an adjustable bed, I still had eight pillows on my side … and carried these from room to room to sew, read, or watch TV … then back to bed they came. I took a chance and bought the Meiz U Shaped Pillow after reading the reviews and comparing it to similar pillows … and I’m so glad I did! Being a side sleeper and using this pillow, there is no readjusting pillows whenever I turn over. The long arms bend to provide arm, shoulder, and knee support, and I no longer need a head pillow. The eight pillows I used to use? … In the closet.”
It is truly vital to make sure you choose a bolster that is actually worth the money. This is why it is a good idea to play close attention to the pad’s stitching. Has the cushion been double-stitched? If so, this is definitely a good thing. Double-stitching generally ensures a higher quality product that will last much longer. Make sure the stitching isn’t going to burst open after a few uses!

Alex Richards is a Brooklyn-based young adult writer with a background in photography and television production. She loves making no-budget horror flicks with her friends, cooking, crafting, exploring, and being silly with her two kids, awesome husband, and lazy cats. In addition to her young adult novel, Back Talk, Alex writes for New York Family Magazine, and works with ASAP, a South African organization supporting rural communities of women caring for vulnerable children. 

This whole body design is made to be versatile for a wide range of needs and can be folded for lounging, wrapped around for arm support or to cradle for nursing, and of course be used in a variety of ways to help you get a better night’s rest. The long zippered, washable cover also makes it much easy to remove and comes in one of two choices- a pink and blue dual sided cover, as well as a gray fleece cover.
So far it is 👍 i am 33 weeks pregnant and have been hunting for comfy pillow a long time as i am peaky sleeper. I got just the side and lower back pain memory foam pillow first but could not sleep with it. Then i decided to invest and try this out. Honestly i thought it would be in my way allover the bed but once you are "in" it feels great. Every night is better. Thank you

During the later weeks of a pregnancy, many women report pain in their lower backs, their hips, their knees, and at just about every other joint in the body. For these long-suffering expectant mothers, a body-sized maternity pillow can help align the legs, pelvis, back, and shoulders, and can prop up the belly to reduce strain on the spine and the muscles of the abdomen. Other expectant moms, however, simply need some extra support underneath that growing baby. For them, the Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge is the perfect tool.

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