Believe it or not, there are many different types of pregnancy pillows. The most common will wrap around the entire body, but there a few others as well. Wedge pillows are another great option. These pillows are far more compact, so they will not consume so much room on your bed. Unfortunately, the triangular or round wedge pillow will not be able to support your entire body. Therefore, you’ll still need a pillow for your head. The steepness of the wedge pillow can differ from one manufacturer to the next. Therefore, these pillows are commonly hit or miss.
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):
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.

La Leche League Convertible Strapless Nursing Bra slips under a strapless dress, halter or strappy tank for instant—but gentle—support. Clear straps are included, should you want a little more lift, and the frame itself is built so it can be easily flipped up for nursing. If you want a little more wiggle room, plus size maternity bras are available up to size XL, which accommodates a size 38 band.
“Really helpful for my back. I was having a lot of trouble sleeping from about week 20 and on, but this pillow really helped me find a comfortable way to sleep. Now, at 32 weeks, I am extremely glad I found this! It is small enough to travel with and doesn’t disrupt sleeping with another person in the bed. My husband actually really likes it because the edge of the pillow provides some back support for him, too! It’s also very easy to clean and to just take the pillows out of the case and throw the case in the wash. Some other reviews mentioned it not having enough room in between the pillows, which I can see, but after a day or two of sleeping with it, the case stretches a little (like any fabric does) and it gets roomier.”
While many pregnancy pillows give their support through firmness of material, this one does so thanks to a generous amount of soft polyethylene fill. That means it's also a genuinely comfortable pillow for the head and neck, making it suitable as the only pillow a pregnant woman uses while resting. It was also a slight improvement on the pillow fort approach we initially relied on for my wife.
We love this well-priced pillow that’s designed to support you when you sleep on your side. It’s a similar shape to the JoJo Mama Bébé maternity pillow in that it snakes around to give both back, bump and knee support. It’s a great depth and density, which works well to keep you upright, though it doesn’t offer any lower leg support and taller testers found they still needed another pillow between their knees. The entire pillow and case are machine washable, which is very practical if you choose to use it as a feeding support too.
Find top support at Thyme Maternity! Choose from maternity bras for every style, size and shape! T-shirt bras offer more coverage, while convertible bras are a versatile choice to wear under all your maternity clothes. Breastfeeding? Opt for one of our best nursing bras, from seamless bralettes to padded bras. Shop women's bras specially-designed for pregnancy or nursing.

Once you’ve used the SAMAY Comfort U-Pillow, you’ll fall in love. Suffice to say, you’ll want it to stick around for as long as humanely possible. The good news is that the pillow comes with a zippered cover. The cover helps to protect the pillow, while also making it nearly effortless to clean up messes. The zipper works great and makes it very easy to remove the cover, when it needs a good cleaning.
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