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10 Things to Know Before Purchasing a Pregnancy Pillow

These are the top 10 things you may want to consider when deciding if a pregnancy pillow is right for you.

NOT ALL PREGNANCY PILLOWS ARE EQUAL

Yes indeed. There are various styles, shapes, sizes, and fillings to consider. Identify what is most important to you and then choose a pillow that addresses those needs. Feel free to see our recommended list of pregnancy pillows HERE

LIKE ANYTHING, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

This couldn't be truer. In our research, we have found a correlation with cheaper pillows and bad reviews. That's not to say that you can't find a good pillow for a decent price but at the end of the day know what your buying by looking at the product specifications and if the company offers any warranties.

DOING RESEARCH UPFRONT WILL SAVE YOU TIME, MONEY AND HEADACHE LATER

You are here so that's is a good start. Don't stop here though. We encourage you to look around. Amazon is a great resource, and by looking at reviews you can see which pillow does what and what people are enjoying.

STOP PROCRASTINATING AND GET ONE, YOUR BODY AND BABY DESERVE IT

A pregnancy pillow is one of those purchases that for some reason people don't pull the trigger on. It's like they'd rather suffer from the back pain and bad sleep than spend the $60 bucks. Do yourself a favor and just get it or tell your spouse to get you an early gift. Once you use it for a week you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

CHOOSE QUALITY OVER PRICE

You will see full body pillows out there advertise for cheap. Be cautious, unless you like itchy fabric or a pillow that will go flat after a week.

IF YOU'RE 8 OR 9 MONTHS IT'S STILL WORTH IT

If you're in your third trimester or even about to give birth a pregnancy pillow is still worth the purchase. For one, it can be used to support your newborn while he or she is laying. Second, all of the pillows mentioned above (except the wedge) can be used for nursing. Just prop the pillow around your waist and lay your baby on it while you breast or formula feed. Lastly, these pillows are great to prop against your headboard and have it support your back while you're watching TV.

KEEP IN MIND YOUR SPOUSE

Don't just purchase the first pillow that looks good. Take into consideration your spouse and bed size. If you have a twin bed that you and your spouse share and you purchase a 60-inch U shaped pillow, one of you is going to end up on the floor!

BUT ALSO, KEEP IN MIND YOUR WEIGHT AND HEIGHT

If you're 5 ft. 10 inches tall a 51-inch pregnancy pillow may not be enough. You may want to consider a 60-inch maternity pillow. As a rule of thumb, if you're 5 ft. 7 inches or under, any pregnancy body pillow between 46-55 inches will suit you well. If you are over 5 ft 7 inches choose 60 inches or more.

A PREGNANCY PILLOW IS NOT THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING

Even the best pregnancy pillow can't keep you sleeping through the night if you're drinking your double shot macchiato at 7:30 pm. I know it sounds silly but people purchase a maternity pillow and complain it's not working when everything else their doing is defeating the purpose. A good diet, exercise, managing stress, not drinking caffeine or alcohol, and not smoking are the first things that need to be addressed then a pregnancy body pillow can help you.

ASK YOUR FRIENDS

When purchasing a pillow it's good to buy from a trusted retailer like bed bath and beyond or Amazon. That way, if there are any problems they will return it no questions asks. The above recommendations will come from a trusted friend. Ask around your friends to see if they've ever used one and if they would recommend it!