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Pregnancy Pillows Reviewed: The Yay to the Nay

Aug17

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the yay to the nayI’m currently six months pregnant and just beginning to experience those uncomfortable things like backaches when I sit at a desk too long, seizing calf cramps at night, and weird pains right above my pelvic area every time I stand up (all of which my doctor assures me is totally normal).

One of the things that gets more difficult the more pregnant you get (I’m expecting my second child), is sleeping. Thankfully, the powers that be are aware of this problem and provide a variety of pregnancy pillows in an effort to make you more comfortable while you try your hardest to get your last few months of shut eye.

I put three pregnancy pillows to the test. Before I continue with my review, I think it’s important to say that all women are different, all pregnancies are different and everyone carries their extra poundage (aka their unborn child and the related weight) a different way. So, I’m guessing that one pillow solution will not fit all. Which is probably why there are so many different ones available.

1. The Boppy Pregnancy Wedge Review

The Boppy Pregnancy Wedge ($24.99) is the smallest (but not the least expensive) option. It’s basically an angled foam in a half-moon shape that you shove under your belly while lying on your side to prop it up and avoid any feelings of lopsidedness. I tried sleeping with it for a night but it’s so flimsy that it rarely stayed in place. And if you flip over, you have to move the wedge to the other side and shove it in place again.

My belly didn’t really stay on the Boppy wedge and it just kind of hung out next to me, keeping me company while I was sleeping. Again, this might be different if I was farther along and my stomach was bigger. But in my case, when I woke up in the morning, I found it on the floor. And I can’t say I missed it. (There are other wedges available in the marketplace, by other manufacturers, so let us know in the comments if you’re a fan of a different brand).

Verdict on the Boppy Pregnancy Wedge: NAY

2. Newpoint Body Pillow Review

Best Pregnancy Body Pillows

This pillow– Newpoint Body Pillow ($12.99)– isn’t specifically designed for pregnancy which is nice because it is easy to find a pillowcase for it that matches your bedding, plus you can hang onto it after you have the baby (and of the three, it was the least expensive one by a significant margin). Lying it horizontally at the base of your headboard is a nice way to prop up all your pillows. It’s hypo-allergenic (which is important to me) and accommodates a number of body positions. It’s basically just something supportive to snuggle with.

I found the body pillow incredibly comfortable and had a very good night’s sleep. It’s overstuffed and smushy so that it filled out the contours of my pregnant frame and I didn’t think about the awkward positioning of my belly at all. It did occur to me that the pillow would be even better if it were in an L-shape so I could have something extra to rest my head on— I actually used my regular pillow for additional head support. But even so, I held onto the body pillow all night long and woke up pretty much in the same position in which I went to sleep.

Verdict on the Newpoint Body Pillow: YAY

3. Snoogle Total Body Pillow Review

The Snoogle Total Body Pillow ($52.99) is the self-touted ‘mother of all pregnancy pillows’ and is shaped in somewhat of a letter ‘C’. It bills itself as ‘total body comfort from head to toe’.  It looks kind of ridiculous (like a huge snake), takes up your entire half of the bed and if it hadn’t been for this review, I never would have brought it into my home.

BUT. It was way more comfortable than I expected. First of all, you don’t need any other pillows besides the Snoogle— and this is coming from someone who normally sleeps with three. Your head, legs and belly are all completely supported. The other great thing is that you can sleep with the ‘C’ spooning you from the back or you can sleep facing the back of ‘C’ so you have something to snuggle with from the front. Both positions were very different but equally comfortable. I chose to sleep facing the front of the ‘C’, partially so I wasn’t creating a weird barrier between my husband and me.

Which brings me to my one negative about the Snoogle. It really sets up a separate sleep area from your spouse. Your husband is not going to make a move while you’re employing the Snoogle or as I’ll call it from now on— “The Sex Shield”. But if you’re looking to keep your husband at a distance, then awesome— this is the pillow for you. Or, if you are really uncomfortable at night, then I bet the Snoogle could be a good solution.

Verdict for the Snoogle Total Body Pillow: YAY for comfort, NAY for sex life

Now some of you may be asking, is a pregnancy pillow even necessary at all? I think that’s a personal decision. I didn’t use one my first pregnancy and was just fine— but I carried really small. You can put a pillow under your head, hug a king size and stick an additional pillow between your legs if necessary. For some sound sleepers this works great and for others, they couldn’t keep these pillows in place if they tried. Something like the Snoogle definitely helps keep you in a stationary position.

If you are really uncomfortable, I don’t think it hurts to try out a pregnancy pillow. If you don’t like the idea of buying something you are only going to use for a few months, get the Newpoint body pillow. It’s the least expensive of the three and as I mentioned, you can lie it horizontally at the base of your headboard to prop up your pillows when you are back to snuggling with your spouse.

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Ilana Wiles writes Mommy Shorts, a popular NYC humor blog geared towards new parents. In addition to blogging, Ilana has worked as a creative in advertising for the past 15 years. She lives in the East Village of NYC with her husband, her two-year-old daughter and a rapidly growing pile of stuffed animals.


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18 Responses to “Pregnancy Pillows Reviewed: The Yay to the Nay”

  1. Jessie Aug 17 at 6:53 pm Reply Reply

    I used the Snoogle the last half of my pregnancy and WOW, did I love it! Not the easiest to switch from side to side (or to get a pillowcase on!) but I was a huge fan. My hubby? Not so much. He HATED that thing with a fiery passion! I’m quite certain he’s going to burn it once we’re through having kids.

  2. autumn Aug 17 at 11:55 pm Reply Reply

    I used a combo of the boppy wedge and another regular pillow,  The wedge went under my tummy, and the other pillow was rolled up behind my back.  DH tolerated it because he knew it could be worse with a full size pregnancy pillow (his friend claimed he had more room on the couch than in bed).  I’m a warm sleeper and had an August baby, so I didn’t want too much “stuff” around me.  And it’s little so it travels well

    And I now use the wedge as a modified neck support for when I’m playing on the floor with the kiddo

  3. AU Aug 19 at 12:18 am Reply Reply

    I had the Boppy Total Body Pillow with my last pregnancy, the multiple pillow thing drove me crazy. It was a lot cheaper than the Snoogle when I bought it. I used it about the same way though. My husband also HATED it though but it was the only way I could get comfortable since my belly got so big I practically had to lay across the bed to cuddle with him. To avoid the awkward barrier I used it on the outside of the bed so when I faced away my belly had support and when I rolled toward him I had something to keep me from laying flat on my back. I pulled it out now that I’m getting a little uncomfortable in this pregnancy and it’s basically flat so they don’t hold up well but I still feel like it’s worth the money for restful sleep.

  4. Julie w Aug 19 at 8:40 am Reply Reply

    As a twin pregnancy the boppy wedge was perfect in the last trimester. And then we used it for lumbar support in our rocker and then as a prop in the high chair for our lower tone baby so he wouldn’t slouch. And then I gave it to my friend who was also expecting twins and she used it for nursing support. So that wedge was definite cost effective in my case :)

  5. Alissa Aug 20 at 8:19 am Reply Reply

    I’m using the Snoogle now (7 months along), and I used it for my first pregnancy.  Thank goodness for king size beds, because it takes up a lot of room.  My hubby calls it my “boyfriend.”  It definitely keeps me comfortable, though.  when we go away on vacation and I don’t take it with me, I can get by with just a pillow between my legs.  But I carry high – I don’t use the pillow for belly support.

  6. Kailee Aug 20 at 12:48 pm Reply Reply

    Oh, I loved the Boppy Wedge. Sometimes I found I needed a pillow between my knees, but this was when I was much further along in my second pregnancy AND I birthed a 10lb baby – I was HUGE. I hated the ones that were also a pillow for your head. I have a perfect head pillow that I cannot sleep without.

    True, a total pain in the butt to reposition when you roll over or get up to pee, but I liked it and got some good nights sleep with it!

  7. Emily Aug 20 at 3:17 pm Reply Reply

    I love my snoogle. Hubby calls it the ‘spouse separator’. I call it my comfy cocoon. Believe it or not, I had to get that pillow back out at about week5. All of a sudden, I could not sleep comfortably at all. Can’t sleep on my stomach or my sides or my back without being uncomfortable. As it goes, I am in the throws of nausea, so not interested in sex, so that’s no biggie. On the other hand, you can just turn it over so that the long part is on the outside of the bed and it’s not quite a separation from the spouse :) this will come in handy once the second trimester rolls around and hopefully I’m feeling more normal.

  8. Laura Aug 21 at 7:55 pm Reply Reply

    I LOVE MY SNOOGLE. I wrote a blog about it. It is so super comfy and I have no intention of giving it up after the baby is born. I’m six months pregnant and have been using it for about a month or two. I recommend it to everyone. The worst part (I found) is trying to roll over it to get out of bed to pee in the middle of the night…never my most graceful moment.

  9. Debbie Aug 22 at 1:45 pm Reply Reply

    Snoogle user for the 2nd pregnancy, Multiple-Pillows-Shoved-Random-Places user for the 1st pregnancy. For what it’s worth – hubby VASTLY prefers the Snoogle to the onslaught of pillows from the last time. We sleep in a queen-sized bed, and he still attests he prefers the Snoogle hands-down. I do too, bar none.

  10. LBH Aug 22 at 9:36 pm Reply Reply

    My “baby” is now 19mths old. I am still using my Snoogle.

  11. Sarah Aug 23 at 3:43 pm Reply Reply

    I have a Dreamgenii, which I think may not be as widely available in the States as it is here (UK). It was expensive but SO worth it! Best pregnancy purchase ever.

  12. Tamara Aug 23 at 4:56 pm Reply Reply

    I am 7 months pregnant with my 1st and using a body pillow (half supporting my belly, half between my knees to ease the soreness of my pelvic area), head resting on a regular pillow, and 3 pillows supporting my back. 3 pillows aren’t enough; the only way I can get a good night’s sleep is if my husband presses his back against the back pillows for extra support.

  13. BB Aug 24 at 2:07 am Reply Reply

    I’m 24 weeks pregnant with my second. I used a regular body pillow with my first and am again with this one, but had considered the snoogle. The wedge doesn’t even seem necessary to me. I usually sleep at an odd, almost on my tummy angle once I get too big to sleep on my tummy, anyways. So I don’t really need anything to support my belly. What I really need is something to create space between my legs and support my hips; it eases my sciatica to almost non-existant. Plus my husband isn’t much of a cuddler and it’s nice to hug something :)

  14. Hannah Aug 25 at 1:21 am Reply Reply

    My husband bought me my snoogle after I started experiencing such awful round ligament pain that I could barely move after sitting/laying for too long. I am now 29 weeks with our first and have to say, I’ve never slept better throughout this entire pregnancy than I have since I got the snoogle. I either sleep with it behind me or I sleep facing it, either way, my husband says I’m always curled up in a little ball with it in the morning. The dogs seem to like it too, they’re always trying to sneak up for a cuddle with the pillow!

  15. Kristin Aug 30 at 1:37 pm Reply Reply

    I have the Snoogle and the Boppy Wedge. I ended up hating the Snoogle, as the part for under my head was never comfortable, and there’s really no way to NOT use that section. I LOVE the wedge, however, and find that I can also use it behind me so I’m lying on my back but not really, a nice change from all the side lying.

    • sarah Jan 25 at 4:26 pm Reply Reply

      They sell half snoogles too, just for your legs and you can use your own pillow! Comfort! Check out their website leacho.com

  16. sarah Jan 25 at 4:23 pm Reply Reply

    The snoogle is the best, no back pain, no hip pain, awesome design! i love all the different ways to use it; this will be a pillow in our house forever. My husband steals it if he beats me to bed! They sell covers too! Snoogle will be the best investment you make! Sleep well and sweet dreams!

  17. Christina Nov 13 at 12:38 pm Reply Reply

    I’m new at this whole being pregnant thing but I’m a complete stomach sleeper and am having some trouble. I have a “side sleeper” pillow, basically shaped like a J with a divot for your ear. I finally got to sleep easily with it last night! I couldn’t believe it. I was able to switch sides easily without having to move the pillow at all. I always have a pillow at my feet/knees so I’m hoping that this will last the whole time. I think I picked up the pillow at a “as seen on tv” type store. 

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