Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best baby-shower gifts, a certain Google doc filled with baby essentials, and even the best pillows for side sleepers, here we’re looking into the best of both worlds: pregnancy and maternity pillows that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

• Comfort. This should be at the top of your nursing bra must list during the first four to six weeks after having baby, says Stephanie Nguyen, founder of Modern Milk and a certified lactation consultant. She recommends stretchy nursing bras to accommodate the breast changes mom experiences during this time. “Look for nursing bras in soft fabrics,” Nguyen says.
Cake Lingerie recognised a gap in the market for a good plus size maternity and nursing bras. After over 18 months in development, Cake introduced a range of uniquely engineered and structured non-wire bras for the fuller bust. Including a 4-part cup for support, amongst many other features and benefits, this bra is truly the ultimate plus size maternity and nursing bra for the fuller figure!

“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.”
Cake’s Cotton Candy Seamless Nursing Bra —a winner according to both Nguyen and new moms we polled when it comes to best nursing bras—has a high thread count for extreme softness and a scoop neckline, making it comfy for day and night. It’s available in four colors, and its XL size can accommodate up to a 42E. (Good news for those looking for plus size nursing bras!)
If you’re looking for the biggest body pillow on the market, it is truly impossible to top the KHOMO Maternity Pillow. This pillow is downright massive. It features a unique U-design and is capable of wrapping around the user’s entire body. Thanks to its unique shape and size, the pillow can support the body, back, legs, and neck simultaneously. Plus, the pillow ensures the user’s spine remains in perfect alignment throughout the night.
A. You won’t be able to accurately predict your bra size until two or three weeks after delivery. Your best bet is to buy one or two bras before the baby comes, so you’ll have something to wear in the hospital. Then either measure yourself or get professionally fitted two to three weeks postpartum, and order a few more nursing bras according to your new measurements.
Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best baby-shower gifts, a certain Google doc filled with baby essentials, and even the best pillows for side sleepers, here we’re looking into the best of both worlds: pregnancy and maternity pillows that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Pregnant women and eventually their toddler can be a little clumsy. This is why it is best to prepare for the worst-case scenario. The Leachco Snoogle is prefect for this specific reason. The pillow comes with a removable and washable cover. When you’ve made a mess, you’ll be able to clear it up relatively easily. Just remove the cover and throw it into your washing machine. This ensures that your pillow doesn’t need to be tossed into the trash prematurely.
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.

As with many of Web Linens’ other products, the U Shaped-Premium Contoured Body Pregnancy Maternity Pillow with Zippered Cover is available in several colors. If you’re a picky individual, you can guarantee that this pillow will still be able to satisfy your needs. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a pillow that matches your current bed sheets.
Cake Lingerie recommends maternity bras for during your pregnancy and nursing bras for postpartum. Cake suggests a seamless maternity and nursing bra during the 1st trimester & immediately post birth. The soft-cup range or contour range, with or without flexible wire will ideally suit during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Our nursing bras are ideal post birth. Every bra type has a specific purpose.
Some mums-to-be may find that under-the-bump styles work best for the second trimester and then move on to over-the-bump options as they get bigger. You might also find that a belly band can help any under-the-bump pairs stay where they should if you are finding your crotch heading for your knees. The best way to see what works for you is to try on a range of styles and see how you get on. 
Bemis wrote in 2011 that of the more than 6,000 military uniforms in their collection only three were maternity uniforms, an Air Force officer’s uniform and two Navy Petty Officer Second Class uniforms. The Air Force dress uniform features a blue smock top paired with a white blouse and blue skirt, and the Navy uniforms include a blue coat and slacks with a white blouse for dress and a working uniform with dungaree pants and a chambray shirt. All three uniforms are from the 1980s.[14]
Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Maternity/Nursing Bra is wire-free and has wide straps and a generous under-bust band. (The plus size nursing bras can accommodate up to a 44DDD cup size.) Whether you’re easing back into exercise with gentle yoga or jumping right into your pre-pregnancy running routine, this nursing bra provides support that feels just right.
We were impressed with London-based Seraphine’s comfy jeans. This slim-fit pair are a good compromise if you’re not a skinny jeans fan. We found that unlike many, these stayed up without unladylike tugging and have a button and fly beneath the concealed over-the-bump band, so if your top creeps up they look pleasingly like an ordinary pair of jeans. We just wished they came in more than one leg length. 

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.


One way to sleep more comfortably? Invest in a good pregnancy pillow. These pillows are made with moms-to-be in mind and can deliver much-needed support for side sleeping. Although there are countless different models out there (some pricier than others), the most important feature is simply that the one you buy helps you sleep through the night. "From a medical perspective, there is nothing beneficial or harmful about what pillow you use during pregnancy," notes Dr. Sasan, adding that what works for each woman is different. "It's purely a comfort issue."
So, which trousers will work for you? Maternity jeans come in a range of styles. There are under-the-bump and over-the-bump options, or those with stretchy panels designed to expand with your impending arrival. The under-the-bump pairs should fit comfortably below your belly with a soft elasticated waistband. The over-the-bump styles come with an integrated stretchy band that, as the name suggests, fits over your tummy and helps keep you feeling together. 

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):


Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best baby-shower gifts, a certain Google doc filled with baby essentials, and even the best pillows for side sleepers, here we’re looking into the best of both worlds: pregnancy and maternity pillows that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
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. 

Made by one of the most popular companies in the pregnancy pillow industry, Leachco set a standard years ago with their innovative comfort designs. Originally developed by a registered nurse and mother, this pillow can support hips, back, neck, and tummy all at same time. It is also slightly shapeable to allow you to take advantage of it in various ways by folding, twisting, or reversing it to fit specific support needs.
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. 
One of the great things about the Oversized Total Body Pillow is the fact that it is available in various colors. When purchasing this pillow, you’ll be able to choose between white, gray, chocolate, burgundy, and ivory. This may not make the pillow any more comfortable than the others, but it will make your life a little easier. By choosing a color that satisfies your preferences and matches your home’s existing style, you’ll never have to worry about hiding the pillow in a closet.
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.
Maternity clothes around the world have been undergoing significant changes. In both Eastern and Western cultures, there is greater demand for fashionable maternity clothes. In Western cultures the influence of celebrity culture.+[6][7] means that pregnant women in the public eye are taking the lead in maternity fashion.[8] One such example is Demi Moore's 1991 Vanity Fair cover, which was one of the first instances of a magazine cover depicting an expectant mother.[9] As a result, pregnant women are no longer trying to hide or disguise their "baby bumps", instead choosing to wear garments which closely fit their new shape, often emphasising the bust and abdominal area. Fashion bloggers have caught on to the shift in perception and began to regularly discuss new styles and fabrics designed with the pregnant form in mind.[10] High-tech fabrics such as elastane are the material of choice for maternity wear in Western cultures as they allow garments to be form-fitting while allowing the abdominal area to expand as necessary.
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.
Micro-beads are incredibly fine balls approximately 1/32 inch wide (pretty small, huh?). Pregnancy pillows made from micro-beads feel like they have sand inside them. Unlike sand, micro-beads are incredibly lightweight; allowing you to carry around your pregnancy pillow with ease. Micro-beads offer almost no noise and are much more supportive than standard Styrofoam balls.

The Queen Rose U Shaped Pillow is the key to a good night’s sleep, whether you are in your first or last trimester. The pillow is extremely to take care, plus it comes with a zippered pillowcase to keep the pillow cleaner. The cotton material will wick moisture away from your body, so you can sleep in peace without be disturbed by your overactive hormones. 

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]
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.
Cake Lingerie recommends maternity bras for during your pregnancy and nursing bras for postpartum. Cake suggests a seamless maternity and nursing bra during the 1st trimester & immediately post birth. The soft-cup range or contour range, with or without flexible wire will ideally suit during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Our nursing bras are ideal post birth. Every bra type has a specific purpose.
Isabella Oliver is another London-based label designing for women during and after pregnancy, and although on the pricier side of maternity clothes, these are worth it for our money. They fit below the bump and the waistband was the only under-the-bump one our tester tried that gave enough support without needing an additional bump band. The relaxed style makes for a refreshing alternative to all the skinny jeans out there. 
As with many of Web Linens’ other products, the U Shaped-Premium Contoured Body Pregnancy Maternity Pillow with Zippered Cover is available in several colors. If you’re a picky individual, you can guarantee that this pillow will still be able to satisfy your needs. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a pillow that matches your current bed sheets.
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.
Finding the right balance between size and comfort can be very difficult. However, the Puredown U-Shaped can solve this problem for you. This pillow is versatile, appropriately sized, and reasonably priced. Plus, the pillow is available in two cool colors, blue and beige. The pillow measures in at 32 by 56 inches. While it is bigger than conventional pillows, it is smaller than many other pregnancy pillows. This makes the pillow easy to move and even easier to store.
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.

The first thing that has to be noted about the PharMeDoc Pillow is the lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Anytime you invest your money into a product, you want to make sure that it is backed with a great warranty that the company will stand behind, and that is exactly what you get will this pillow. At anytime during owning this maternity body pillow if you feel unsatisfied all have to do in contact customer support and their will either replace or refund you for the pillow.


As with any pillow, a natural fiber and low thread count are what will help you keep good breathability and air flow through the night. Most covers are a cotton or cotton blend, is washable, and will easily pull onto the pillow even if it’s an odd shape. Occasionally the full body pillow covers can present a challenge when taking it off and putting on, and how they are constructed can help determine the effort required. Long zippers are usually the most helpful as they expose more of the pillow itself. But other types may only have a folded over flap that requires you to fold the cover back on the pillow.
Being pregnant is never a fun experience, even though it should be one of the most wonderful times of your life. You probably find yourself experiencing morning sickness, emotional pain, physical pain, and hunger. What’s even worse is trying to get a good night’s sleep. You are probably so worried about your sleeping position that you just end up tossing and turning all night long. Well, if you want a product that can ensure that you are always resting in the right positions, while achieving maximum support and arch, you need to check out the Leachco Snoogle Total Body Cushion.

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. 
I bought this for lumbar support while side sleeping and I could not be happier. I found it to be every bit as fluffy as the picture. I did expect it to be firmer (As some of the negative reviews said it was too hard - which was actually why I got it) but it still does the job just fine. It's particularly good because it means I can switch sides without having to adjust anything (I had previously slept with a heavy blanket rolled up against my back). This has also alleviated my shoulder pain that was occurring as my shoulders get full support too, not only from behind but because the pillows height is just perfect for me and my shoulders don't roll in like they used to. I am finally sleeping pain-free. You just can not put a price on that.

When it comes to the best maternity bras and the best nursing bras, there are endless options. You’ve got everyday nursing bras, sleep nursing bras, nursing bras with molded cups, pumping bras and extra-supportive nursing bras specifically made for women with larger busts. Yes, the cup runneth over with choices, but how do you know which one is right for you? Read on for the best nursing bras and the best maternity bras, plus shopping tips from The Bump’s go-to nursing and style experts, so you can find the perfect fit.


Cake Lingerie recommends maternity bras for during your pregnancy and nursing bras for postpartum. Cake suggests a seamless maternity and nursing bra during the 1st trimester & immediately post birth. The soft-cup range or contour range, with or without flexible wire will ideally suit during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Our nursing bras are ideal post birth. Every bra type has a specific purpose.
The Victorian era roughly covers the years of Queen Victoria's reign to her death in 1901. Women spent a lot of time in the state of pregnancy, giving birth to an average of eight children with five making it through infancy.[2] Queen Victoria herself had nine. Pregnancy was considered a private matter not to be discussed in "polite" conversation. A garment called a "wrapper" worn by women at home before they dressed for the day was well-suited for pregnancy as well since it wrapped around and could be worn loosely or more form-fitting as needed. At that time women were used to wearing corsets and maternity corsets with laces for adjustment were available.[3][4] 

What makes for the “best” nursing bras? Simple, Nguyen says: “If it fits, if it’s comfortable, if it’s easy to nurse in and you like the style.” No matter what you decide are the best nursing bras for you, Brown suggests picking up two nursing bras for daily wear (so you’ll always have one on hand when the other is in the wash) and one to sleep in. Keep in mind, Brown adds, “It's not unusual to change bra sizes within the first few weeks of breastfeeding”—so, if you’re shopping before baby arrives, consider buying one or two sizes larger than usual, so you have one ready to wear after birth. /injects>
• Comfort. This should be at the top of your nursing bra must list during the first four to six weeks after having baby, says Stephanie Nguyen, founder of Modern Milk and a certified lactation consultant. She recommends stretchy nursing bras to accommodate the breast changes mom experiences during this time. “Look for nursing bras in soft fabrics,” Nguyen says.
If you’re looking for the biggest body pillow on the market, it is truly impossible to top the KHOMO Maternity Pillow. This pillow is downright massive. It features a unique U-design and is capable of wrapping around the user’s entire body. Thanks to its unique shape and size, the pillow can support the body, back, legs, and neck simultaneously. Plus, the pillow ensures the user’s spine remains in perfect alignment throughout the night.
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.
Pregnancy is an unforgettable experience for all women. Enjoy carrying your growing baby and let Gap’s selection of maternity bras & panties from GapMaternity support your changing body. Luxurious materials such as cotton and modal envelop you in softness that will keep you comfortable all day. Fabrics like spandex allow for stretchable wear, giving you a great fit. Choose from neutral tones like nude and white or add a pop of colour with our bold hues that include blue and purple. Additions such as a wide band under the bust, adjustable straps, and double linings ensure you get ample coverage and support. Intricate details like v-necklines and side shirring give each bra a beautiful, visual finish. Our panties sit below the waist for a non-constrictive feel.
“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.”
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