5 Best Pregnancy Pillows: Reviews and Easy Buyer’s Guide (2017)


Your back is sore. Your pelvis aches. Your legs cramp.

You’re pregnant!

Sleeping has become one of the most stressful parts of your day, and no matter how hard you try,
you cannot get comfortable. But sometimes the best solutions are the simplest--such as sleeping with a full body pillow.

The following 5 best pregnancy pillows provide full body support. Your sleep will be deeper and more peaceful, because you won’t have to worry about accidentally turning onto your belly.

Name of Pregnancy Pillow

Available Colors

Price

Leachco Snoogle Original
Total Body Pillow

Ivory, Sage, Brown, Khaki,
Grey + Mauve

$59.99

Leachco Back + Belly
Contoured Body Pillow
 

Grey, Beige Swirl +
Taupe Rings

$64.99

Leachco Mini Compact
Side Sleeper

Medium-brown
Sage/white dot

$39.99

Today's Mom Cozy Comfort

Sky blue, Espresso,
Almond + White

$73.79

PharMeDoc Total Body Pillow

White

$62.95


Video credit: Leachco

Construction + Cover

The Snoogle Original is a C-shaped pillow with polyester filling. A removable and washable sham-style polyester/cotton blend cover accompanies the pillow. It's available in 6 soothing shades: ivory, sage, brown, khaki, grey and mauve.

Support

The Snoogle is an impressive 14 inches thick. It's exceptionally versatile and can be bent in a variety of ways to support 6 different sleeping positions as follows: 

  • Belly Basic: your spine remains neutral and your neck, belly, hips, and legs are supported.
  • Donut Deluxe provides extra support for your bottom, which is especially helpful after hemorrhoid and episiotomy surgery.
  • Swirl shape: it can be used to support your back when leaning against a wall or lounging on a
    flat surface.
  • Back to Back: the pillow reinforces proper alignment of your neck, hips, legs and spine.
  • Swirl Around shape elevates your upper body.
  • Nest Rest elevates the trunk of your body, and also relieves common problems, such as swelling
    and indigestion.

Resiliency

The polyester filling contours to the shape of your body, which relieves pressure from your belly for a comfortable pillow.

Durability + Quality

The Snoogle is an above-average quality pillow that retains its shape and lasts for several years.

Temperature

The synthetic fabric does not breath as well as natural materials, such as cotton. If your normal body temperature typically runs hot, you may experience that the synthetic material of the pillow affects your body temperature at night, causing you to sleep hotter than usual. However, each woman reacts differently, so sleeping hot may not be an issue for you.

Smell

The Snoogle has no detectable odor.

Firmness

This medium-firm pillow retains its shape, while providing comfort and support. With regular use, it may soften slightly. However, the quality is not compromised.

Here are the Pros and Cons of the Leachco Snoogle Original Total Body Pillow:

PROS

  • Great choice for women between 5 feet and 6 feet tall
  • 6 different shapes provide personalized comfort and support various side-sleeping positions
  • Relieves pain in the hips, back, neck
    and legs
  • Cradles and supports body in a comfortable position
  • Prevents women from rolling over onto their bellies or backs
  • Among the best pregnancy pillows for stomach sleepers
  • Strategically placed pillow may prevent acid reflux and quell heartburn

CONS

  • It's bulky and may be difficult to use comfortably when sleeping with a partner or in a bed smaller than a queen-size
  • It's too large to use when traveling
  • Only the removable cover is machine washable. The pillow is not
  • Changing sleep positions requires manually manipulating the shape of the pillow
  • May sleep hot



Video credit: Leachco

Construction + Cover

The Back + Belly consists of a polyester filling with a white removable, sham-style polyester/cotton blend cover that is machine-washable. However, it may be difficult to put on and has tight stitching near the head that is uncomfortable for some women. To resolve this problem, you may purchase a “Chic” zipper cover in three different colors and materials:

  • Grey, in a soft jersey knit
  • Beige Swirl, in 65% polyester/35% cotton blend
  • Taupe Rings, in 100% polyester

All three “Chic” styles have an outside zipper that make replacing and washing the cover easy.

Support

The U-shaped body pillow has contours that follow the natural curves of your body. The shape ensures that the pillow supports both your back and belly. It also elevates your head and hips by nearly
9 inches, which aligns and relieves pressure from your joints.

Resiliency

The polyester filling has enough push-back for the pillow to retain its shape throughout the night.
It's firmer on the sides and softer at the contouring bends.

Durability + Quality

The Back + Belly is an above-average quality pillow that should last throughout your pregnancy.

Temperature

If your normal body temperature typically runs hot, you may experience that the synthetic material and size of the pillow affects your body temperature at night, causing you to sleep hotter than usual.

Smell

On this subject, feedback was mixed. Some women detect a strong chemical smell that fades over time or after several washes, while others say it dissipates after a single wash.

Firmness

The Back + Belly is a medium-firm pillow, soft enough to squeeze. You may find that the neck support is too firm, which may be resolved by sleeping with the open side at your head. In this position, your feet will be raised and a regular pillow can be used to close the open end, providing comfortable support for your neck.

Here are the Pros and Cons of the Leachco Back + Belly Contoured Body Pillow:

PROS

  • Great option for stomach sleepers
  • Supports full body
  • Versatile - may be used as a nursing pillow post-pregnancy
  • Provides stability for side sleepers

CONS

  • Too bulky when sharing a Queen-size bed, or smaller, with a partner
  • Impractical for travel
  • May give off an offensive odor
  • Sleeps hot
  • Not durable for long-term use post-pregnancy
  • Comfort of use limited only to sleeping alone in a Twin bed or on a couch


Video credit: Leachco

Construction + Cover

The Snoogle Mini is constructed of polyester filling with a removable cover. The original sham-style cover is a polyester/cotton blend. Zippered removable covers are also available in 100% cotton, 
cotton jersey and a cotton blend. The pillow may be purchased in a medium-brown color as well as a pretty and feminine sage/white dot pattern.

Support

The J-shaped pillow is designed to align your hips and alleviate pressure from your joints. It works because the small curve at the end is intended to tuck between your knees. Not only does the pillow fit the shape of a pregnant woman’s body while lying down, it also provides back support when nursing.

Resiliency

The polyester stuffing gives the pillow a resilient spring. However, some women commented that it separates after extended use.

Durability + Quality

The long-lasting pillow is durable enough to be used throughout your pregnancy as well as post birth to nurse your baby. The pillow's synthetic cover does not breath as well as the 100% cotton, zippered option. All covers wash well and are easy to remove and replace.

Temperature

Opinions on temperature are mixed. Some women report feeling exceptionally hot when using the Snoogle Mini, while others experienced no change in their body temperature.

Smell

Only a slight chemical odor is noticeable.

Firmness

The Snoogle Mini is a firm pillow that provides ample support when sleeping on your side.
Over time, you may experience the pillow softening; however, the good news is that it continues
to retain its shape.

Here are the Pros and Cons of the Leachco Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper:

PROS

  • A great dual-purpose pillow that supports your belly, and when placed between your knees also supports your hips
  • Easy to manipulate when changing sleep positions and repositioning your body for comfort
  • Travel-friendly. Its compact size easily
    fits into a large tote bag
  • Compact size doesn't take up lots of room when sharing the bed with your partner

CONS

  • Too short for full-body support for women taller than 5'2"
  • Less comfortable than a full-body pillow


Video credit: Studio Avalanche

Construction + Cover

Today’s Mom Cozy Comfort is a poly fill pillow that is plump and resilient. The machine washable cover is made from a 200 thread-count polyester/cotton blend. It has a zipper, which makes it easy to remove. It's available in four colors: sky blue, espresso, almond, and white.

Though the pillow is large, it's only 4 ½ feet long. If you are at minimum 5’7” tall, consider that the pillow will end at your knees. If you prefer a pillow that contours to your body from head to toe,
this pillow may not be for you. In contrast, if you are petite and shorter than 5'7", you may feel engulfed by the oversized pillow.

Support

The U-shaped body pillow has a specially designed square head support and curved Shoulder Comfort System. These features give the impression of a standard pillow that contour around the curve of your shoulder to promote a more relaxed sleeping position. To support a heavy belly, it has additional curves at the center that give the sensation of being cradled.

Resiliency

There are mixed opinions about the resiliency in the long-term. Though the pillow is dense at 9 inches thick, some women comment that over time, the pillow flattens and loses its supportive benefits. 
On the flip-side, there are those women who report that the filling stays plump after several years.

Durability + Quality

The pillow is a good-quality product that many women have used through several pregnancies.
Both the material and stuffing are durable. There is one complaint. The zipper is inclined to malfunction after extended use.

Temperature

Because the pillow closely hugs and embraces your body, you may experience sleeping hot. 
However, the polyester/cotton blend cover is breathable and remains cool throughout the night.

Smell

When the pillow is removed from its packaging, there is a slight odor, which dissipates after washing.

Firmness

The medium-firm pillow is sufficiently firm to keep you supported throughout the night, yet soft enough to not feel rigid. Be prepared that the pillow may arrive less plump than you expected.

Here are the Pros and Cons of the Today's Mom Cozy Comfort:

PROS

  • Its versatility lends itself to all stages of pregnancy
  • U-shape provides full-body support and doesn't place stress on your shoulders
  • Makes side sleeping effortless
  • Changing sleep positions is easy and comfortable
  • May alleviate pain in your back, hips and joints
  • Helps to elevate and support babies while you're nursing
  • It's lightweight

CONS

  • Too bulky when sharing a Queen-size bed, or smaller, with a partner
  • May be too short for a full-body pillow if your height is 5'7" or more


Best Pregnancy Pillow

The PharMeDoc Total Body Pregnancy Pillow is customizable to your most comfortable sleep position

Construction + Cover

Designed in California, the PharMeDoc is stuffed with an adjustable poly fill material that you may customize to fit your needs. The zippered, 100% cotton cover is hypo-allergenic, dust mite-resistant and machine washable. The pillow contains no phthalates, latex, lead, or BPA and is also available
with a jersey cover.

Support

This C-shaped pillow is one of the best pillows for pregnancy. It aligns your spine and supports your hips, knees, neck, and head. Additionally, the benefits extend to the elderly, individuals experiencing physical therapy and athletes since the pillow helps alleviate pain from sciatica, herniated discs, and spinal arthritis.

The two ends can be folded to create a large round pillow. In this position, the pillow provides comfortable support when lying on your back.

The U-shaped model is ergonomic and has extension arms that separate for greater flexibility.

Resiliency

The PharMeDoc is an above-average quality pillow that retains its shape and density over time.

Durability + Quality

The 100% cotton cover is thin and has a tendency to rip easily, even after only a few uses.
One solution may be to replace the original cover with a cover made from better quality fabric.
If you suffer from allergies, ensure that the substitute cover is also hypo-allergenic, dust mite-resistant 
and machine washable.

Temperature

The pillow cover is a breathable 100% cotton that stays cool throughout the night.

Smell

The pillow has no odor.

Firmness

The PharMeDoc is a firm pillow that prevents you from rolling onto your back or belly during the night. This feature makes it the best pregnancy pillow for side sleepers. It's firm enough at both ends to support both your head and legs as well as soft and comfortable enough to provide pain relief.

Here are the Pros and Cons of the PharMeDoc Total Body Pillow:

PROS

  • Provides full body support, especially if you're between 5' and 6' tall
  • Ergonomic and durable
  • Versatile and may also help the elderly, athletes and individuals who suffer from chronic pain conditions
  • Adjustable poly fill makes it customizable for a comfortable sleeping position

CONS

  • May be too short if your height is
    5'7" or more
  • Weighs 7 pounds, which makes it quite heavy when changing sleeping positions
  • Too bulky when sharing a bed smaller than a Queen size


Conclusion

Pregnancy pillows make a huge difference in your quality of sleep and overall health. As you probably now know, there is no one-size-fits-all pillow. My review has shed light on what I consider the 5 best pregnancy pillows currently on the market. Hopefully, it has helped you find the one that best suits your unique body and pregnancy needs.

Now over to you. Have pregnancy pillows helped you sleep better in any way? I encourage you to share your story about the challenges you may have experienced or are currently experiencing during your pregnancy.

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