Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

Sleep and Pregnancy Pillows

pillow pilePregnant women struggle to get enough sleep, especially when they are in the third trimester. Most articles say sleep is illusive because pregnant women’s bellies are so big that a comfortable sleeping position is difficult to find. I didn’t think this applied to me because I was getting great sleep at night. But then week 27 hit and suddenly I was tired all the time and couldn’t sleep well anymore.

After I woke up several mornings feeling more like a zombie than a human being, my husband and I decided it was time to invest in a pregnancy pillow. However, I needed to do my homework. I needed to find out what pillows were offered and what type would fit me best. I found an article here that helped me decide which pillows to choose.

After researching different options—wedge pregnancy pillows, c-shaped pregnancy pillows, u-shaped pregnancy pillows, and full body pillows—I finally decided on two types. I chose a round wedge pregnancy pillow for something small and useful in every day life and in travel and a u-shaped pregnancy pillow for ultimate comfort, support, and luxury.

Pregnancy pillows can be expensive, but they are worth the investment! Since getting the pillow, especially the u-shaped one, I have been sleeping better than I was before I was pregnant. My husband also sleeps better because I no longer toss and turn throughout the night. If you can only invest in one pillow, I recommend going all out and getting the u-shaped pillow. You will get the most benefits from it and it will last you for many years, even through future pregnancies.

Enjoy your future nights of restful sleep!

—Lexi Foster, Managing Assistant Editor, Stance

1 Comment

  1. Hi Lexy, nice share. There are plenty of research I do before purchasing a pregnancy pillow. Actually during my first pregnancy, I’ve done the most research to find the best pillow. But after that, I know about my body condition during pregnancy, it becomes easier for me choose the pillow second time when I become pregnant.

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