Sleeping with your ever-growing bump is not one of the sunny sides of pregnancy, but the best pregnancy pillows make it possible to achieve a more decent sleep than even non-pregnant women! They are just an amazing sleep accessory not to be ignored by any expectant, pregnant, or nursing mother.
And because pregnancy pillows keep making our list of pregnancy must-haves for the value that they provide, we have made a huge list of the best pregnancy pillows to buy right now.
Types of Pregnancy Pillows
Pregnancy pillows come in different shapes and sizes. There are full-body pillows that curve to tuck under your head and between your knees, half-sizes that run parallel your body – back or tummy, other pregnancy body pillows that have a dip to cradles your bump, and small wedge pillows that support your bump only.
You may be looking for large, medium, or small-sized body pillows, or you may be looking for a specific shape of body pillow. Just know that there are more than enough options to choose from.
Generally, pregnancy pillows are identified by their shapes and sizes. According to sizes, we have;
- Full-body Pillows
- Wedge Pillows
And according to shapes, you may find;
- U- Shaped Pillows
- G shaped
- C Shaped
How to Choose a Pregnancy Pillow
This depends on whether you’re a side-sleeper, belly sleeper or back-sleeper. Generally, your most comfortable position lying down is probably how you sleep-off. Other factors you should consider when choosing a pregnancy pillow include;
- Whether or not you have allergies to cotton or other materials used in making pillows
- The size of pillow that you want i.e full-body pillows that snuggle and wrap around you completely or more portable sizes.
- Do you like your pillows to be soft and cushy or firm?
- What kind of materials work best for you?
- Your budget in shopping for a pregnancy pillow, and
- Whether or not you want to try novelty products like memory foam pillows, Chiropractic pillows, etc.
- For side-sleepers – Full-body pillows are usually the ideal options. Also, consider wedge pillows, U, G, or C-shaped pillows for supporting your bump on in front while you sleep.
- For Back-sleepers – While your options may be limited to full-body pillows and rectangle half-sizes, you’re still in good hands as these provide the right amount of comfort that you need.
- For Belly-Sleepers – Your options maybe even more limited than the rest (and we don’t advise you to sleep on your belly from the end of your second trimester), so you may have to transition to side or back sleeping, or buy our highly recommended pregnancy pillow for belly-sleepers.
Best Overall: QUEEN ROSE Full Body U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
Best Value: PharMeDoc Pregnancy C-Shaped Full Body Pillow
Best Hypoallergenic pillow: Coop Home Goods Hypoallergenic Cross-Cut Pillow
Best Memory foam pillow: Milliard Memory Foam U Shaped Full Body Pregnancy Pillow
Best wedge pillow: Hiccapop Memory Foam Wedge Pregnancy Pillow for Maternity
Best Portable pillow: PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow with Travel & Storage Bag, C Shaped Full Body Pillow with Grey Jersey Cover
QUEEN ROSE Full Body U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
Our best pick, the QUEEN ROSE Full Body U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow, is a well-reviewed and highly rated for very obvious reasons.
Firstly, the pillow size is large enough at 31 x 55″ to make you feel like you’re swimming in a pool of soft and cushy pillow goodness while completely fitting all your pregnancy curves and angles.
Next, the nest it creates for your front and back means you can easily rotate side to side without readjusting the pillow. It makes for an excellent sleep accessory on your back, left, or right side.
As an icing on the cake, it comes with full Hypoallergenic Velour cover that can be easily washed with the rest of your laundry. The only con here is that you will totally lose cuddle time with your partner when the Queen Rose full body pillow is around.
PharMeDoc Pregnancy C-Shaped Full Body Pillow
The PharMeDoc C-Shaped Full Body Pillow with Grey Jersey Cover works in so many ways. The shape makes it more compact than our overall pick, but it’s just as fluffy and soft and comes with a Jersey cover.
What we love most about it is the better thickness and softer feeling than most pillows about the same price. The bigger end also means that the pillow can reach farther to your back or your bump and provide that loving nest feeling.
We struggled to find something we didn’t like about this pillow and will happily recommend it as the best value pregnancy pillow you can buy.
Best Hypoallergenic Pregnancy Pillow
Coop Home Goods Hypoallergenic Cross-Cut Pillow
Among the few pillows in this category, we chose the Coop Home Goods Hypoallergenic cross-cut memory foam pillow for two reasons specifically. Firstly, because it doesn’t get sweaty hot, and because even after 1 year of use, we found that there is no decrease in the fluffiness of this pillow.
It is made from Bamboo derivates which are breathable and fully machine washable. It comes in at about 4ft tall and weighs under 6pounds making it easy to move around. The only con is that it costs almost twice as much as our best overall pick, but it should work many of you who need specially made-in-USA pregnancy pillow.
Best Memory Foam Pregnancy Pillow
Milliard Memory Foam U Shaped Full Body Pregnancy Pillow
The Millard Memory foam U-shaped pregnancy pillow is a full-body pillow that provides all the comforts of being large and ergonomic to support all parts of your body simultaneously, with the added benefit of memory foam. (If you haven’t slept on memory foam at this point, you have not reached sleep nirvana).
We don’t like that it’s smaller in size than our overall pick at approximately 4ft length and weighs much more at over 10 pounds, so this may not work for you if you’re over 6ft tall. However, if you don’t mind the slightly smaller and heavier size, you should be in for a long time of great sleep.
Best Wedge Pregnancy Pillow
Hiccapop Memory Foam Wedge Pregnancy Pillow for Maternity
Our recommended wedge pillow from Hiccapop is a well-deserving champion. It is well-received and highly recommended for a few special points that deserve mention. The pillow has 2-sided soft and firm design to suit your bump however you desire. Granted that it won’t give you the total body support of a full body pillow, it still does very well in relieving backache and providing bump support. The pillow has a removable cover and comes with a nifty carry pouch. We love it!
Best Compact Pregnancy Pillow
PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow with Travel & Storage Bag, C Shaped Full Body Pillow with Grey Jersey Cover
We could have chosen a wedge pillow or smaller alternative as our best compact pregnancy pillow, but if the comforts of a full body pillow could be achieved in a compact package, then why not?
Our compact pick is the U-shaped pregnancy pillow from PharMeDoc with a compact travel case. The pillow shares all the same goodness as our value pick, but in a slightly larger overall package.
On your quest for a good night sleep as your bump grows, we’re confident that you can’t go wrong buying any of our recommended pillows.