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.)
“Five months pregnant and sleep was beginning to become difficult. My only regret is that I waited until I was pregnant to get one of these. It’s so comfortable, I wish I had one a long time ago. I was concerned about the fluffiness of the pillow; I saw several others where they were really flat. This pillow is definitely plush, and fluffy. I’m not used to sleeping in one spot; I usually wake up horizontal, even with my husband in the bed. He said it was a nice break for him ‘cause it kept me on my side of the bed. I’ll have to get used to that. Other than that, it made sleeping easier and very comfortable. We have a king-size bed and it doesn’t take up as much space as I thought it would. Husband said it didn’t bother him … keep in mind, it kept me in one spot, so he’s happy.”
One side of the pillow features a soft memory foam that conforms to the belly for maximum comfort while the other side is made up of a firmer padding that provides even more support such as may be needed later on in the pregnancy. Both sides of the wedge pillow feature an outer layer of perforated foam that allows for airflow and helps to regulate body temperature.
If you have been looking for something different, or have yet to find a full length or total pillow that works for you, this may be a good choice to consider as it applies the many details that are popular for full body support without much of the added bulk. Although made for both back and belly support, it works best for those who focus on one or the other due to the shape of its supportive center.
Many pregnant women will eventually agree that the Snoogle Total Body Pregnancy Pillow with Easy on-off Zippered Cover is a superior product. Leachco has managed to provide comfort and pain relief to women all around the world, yet it is their Snoogle Chic Jersey Pillow that impresses the most. And if you are looking for the plus size maternity pillow, then this is the one for you.
Memory foam pregnancy pillows take the shape of your body as it presses against it. Once your weight is lifted of the pillow, the memory foam regains its original shape. Pregnancy pillows containing memory foam filling are generally quite firm. Since memory foam can cause heat to build up, some manufacturers shred it prior to using it in pregnancy pillow filling. The shredded memory foam still allows air to circulate inside it, helping reducing that hot feeling.
“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.”
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!
The drawback to that generous size is that the pillow takes up much more than half the width of a standard queen-sized bed, as queen mattresses are usually 60-inches wide. Thus you'll need a very patient partner if you share a queen-sized bed. If you have a king-sized mattress, it will still take up about half of the bed because king mattresses are usually 76-inches wide.
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.
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.
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.
By their nature, maternity pillows aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing products. However, this super-soft grey marl pillow from Mamas and Papas is surprisingly attractive. Unlike many of the other more clinical looking pillows we tested, it won’t send you rushing to hide it away the minute you wake up. A soft, simple and fuss-free design, it is a great length for supporting knees, ankles and your bump, while leaving you free to use your usual pillow for your head and neck. It is worth noting though that it doesn’t offer any lower back support.