Inside: Detailed pregnancy pillow reviews to help you find the best pregnancy pillow for every stage of the journey — from a mom of three.
The Best Pregnancy Pillow for Every Type of Sleeper
When you’re pregnant, everyone tells you to “sleep now because when the baby comes you won’t sleep at all!”
What they’re forgetting is that it can be hard to sleep well during pregnancy too, especially as your belly grows!
In the quest for better sleep during my pregnancies, I tried out quite a few different pregnancy pillows. Some worked better than others, and some were truly life-changing!
So you don’t have to go through all the trial and error that I did, I’m sharing the best pregnancy pillows for every stage of pregnancy and for every type of sleeper.
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Overall Best Pregnancy Pillow – Hotel Comfort Memory Foam Bolster Pillow
During my first pregnancy, I bought a Boppy Pregnancy Bolster, which is a small cylinder-shaped pillow. It is my absolute all-time favorite pregnancy pillow because it is so versatile and portable. You can use it for lower back support while sitting in a chair. You can place it behind your neck or between your knees for better alignment.
In fact, I still place my Poppy bolster between my arms while I sleep on my side because it keeps my body aligned and prevents chest creasing.
Unfortunately, Boppy discontinued the exact model I use, however, I found this bolster pillow that is almost the exact shape and is even made from memory foam!
Another option is Boppy’s new crescent-shaped support pillow, which looks just as versatile and perhaps even more plush than their original bolster.
- Best for: Ergonimical lower back support for moms that work from a desk, placing between legs for better alignment during side-sleeping, neck support for sitting or reclining, and placing between arms while side-sleeping
- When to use: Any stage of pregnancy and postpartum
- Watch-outs: None – I love this shape of pillow so much that I bought two of them!
Best Pregnancy Sleep Pillow – Boppy Pregnancy Wedge
After 20 weeks of pregnancy, it is encouraged to sleep on your side instead of your back. Sleeping on your left side provides better blood flow and more nutrients to your growing baby.
However your growing belly will get heavier, and when you lay on your side, it may pull or feel uncomfortable. That’s why it helps to add a little support beneath the side of your stomach while you’re sleeping.
I like the Boppy Pregnancy Wedge because it is thin, so you can slip it right under your belly and adjust for as much or as little support as you need. Slip the narrow end of the wedge under your belly and slide in for as much support as you like. You can start using a pregnancy wedge pillow anytime you sleep on your side.
Bonus: A removable slipcover makes it this style easy to keep clean!
- Best for: Adjustable support for growing belly, especially when side-sleeping.
- When to use: Throughout pregnancy, especially 2nd and 3rd trimester.
- Watch-outs: Firmer than other pregnancy support pillows, so if you’re looking for something soft you’ll want to choose a different style.
Click here for more information or to purchase a Boppy Pregnancy Wedge on Amazon.
Best Pregnancy Body Pillow – PharMeDoc U-Shape Full Body Pillow
During the second half of your pregnancy, you may find it more difficult to get comfortable at night. A full pregnancy body pillow can wrap around your entire body, adding support everywhere you need it. I know some mamas who swear by their body pillow!
Just imagine snuggling into a cozy nest of fluffy pillows, perfectly form-fitted to your body, and you get the picture. It’s amazing!!
Photo: Courtesy of PharMeDoc
Touted as a “pregnancy must-have” and a “game changer,” the PharMeDoc U-Shape Full Body Pillow is the the best rated pregnancy pillow on Amazon — 5 stars!
- Best for: Total body support, without needing multiple pillows.
- When to use: 2nd and 3rd trimester and during c-section recovery
- Watch-outs: A full body pillow takes up a lot of space, so unless you have a queen or king sized bed, your partner may feel crowded.
Best Pregnancy Pillow for Stomach Sleepers – Cozy Bump Inflatable Pregnancy Pillow
I’m personally not a stomach sleeper, even when I’m not pregnant. However, for moms that prefer to sleep on their stomach, pregnancy can be a tough time trying to learn a new way to sleep.
Fortunately, with the right pregnancy cushion, you don’t have to change the way you sleep!
This inflatable pregnancy pillow from Cozy Bump features a hole in the center to cradle your belly, allowing you to comfortably sleep on your stomach.
Photo: Courtesy of Cozy Bump
- Best for: Stomach sleeping
- When to use: 2nd and 3rd trimester
- Watch-outs: You’ll want to get an air pump for easier inflating (not included with the pillow)
Best Nursing Pillow – Boppy “Luxe” Nursing Pillow
Though not used during pregnancy, I highly recommend getting a nursing pillow to have ready after delivery. A Boppy nursing pillow is handy even if you’re not breastfeeding because it can be used to support baby reclining, sitting, or even tummy time. (Always supervise baby when using a Boppy pillow).
I ended up with two Boppy nursing pillows after my baby shower, but I kept both because I just had a feeling that they would get a lot of use. Boy did they ever!!
When you’re nursing a 10 pound baby every couple hours, your arms start to get tired! A breastfeeding pillow allows you to rest your arms, supporting the baby while he or she nurses. A nursing pillow is especially helpful after a c-section because it protects your incision.
The Boppy “luxe” nursing pillow features an ultra soft furry slipcover and it is slightly larger than the standard Boppy nursing pillow. I also found it to be a bit more flexible for getting in just the right position while nursing.
What’s great about the Boppy is that babies like it too — our youngest daughter loved to sit in her Boppy pillow (supervised of course).
- Best for: Supporting baby while nursing, protecting c-section incision, supporting baby while sitting or reclining
- When to use: Postpartum
- Watch-outs: Buy at least one extra cover for your nursing pillow, so if baby spits up on one, you can switch it right out while you wash the other.