The 8 Best Pregnancy Pillows to Buy in 2018

Find relief from restless sleep with these top picks

As any soon-to-be mom knows, dealing with all the body aches and uncomfortable pangs that come with a growing belly is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep. And of course,  at a time when you are told to get as much rest as you can, you can't seem to do so comfortably. Luckily, finding the perfect pregnancy pillow to help alleviate all those pains can really help. Pregnancy pillows help support your belly while you are sleeping on your side, because sleeping on your back is not recommended in pregnancy and sleeping on your stomach can be problematic when you have a giant belly, so you'll need a way to get comfortable on your side.

With so many products on the market, though, it can be hard to decide which ones will really provide the proper support. Additionally, certain pillows can help with certain problems, like hip or back pain, specifically. And while buying a pillow for such a short amount of time might seem like a waste of money, many of these pillows can be transitioned to breastfeeding or loungers for your baby, so they'll last you past the 9 months mark. The following are top pregnancy pillow options to help you get the best sleep at night, including an option for every budget.

Best Overall: Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

When a Registered Nurse—who is also a mom—develops a product, you can bet it’ll be a good one. The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow is a C-shaped pillow that follows the natural contour and shape of your body from head to toe, supporting important areas that pregnant women often have trouble with, like the back, knees, head, and stomach. The horseshoe-shaped head pillow allows for proper positioning and height, while the extra long midsection is perfect for total back or tummy support, depending on which way you position the pillow.

With top ratings from over 8,000 reviews, many moms have tested this pillow, and most have found it to be a great match. As an added bonus, this pillow is made with 100 percent sateen cotton—which won’t trap body heat—and is 300 thread count, so it's soft to the touch. The removable sham-style cover is also machine washable, making it super easy to keep clean.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: PharMeDoc Full Body Pregnancy Pillow

Another C-shaped pregnancy pillow option, the PharMeDoc Full Body Pregnancy Pillow supports your back, hips, knees, neck, and head for optimal sleep, and allows you to easily rearrange your positioning based on your current needs.

Pick from three different colors—including fuchsia, ivory, and royal blue—and the zipper removable pillow cover is machine-washable, hypoallergenic, and contains zero phthalates, latex, or lead and is BPA-free.

Best Budget: hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge for Maternity

It’s not necessary to plunk down your life’s savings to get a great pregnancy pillow, and the hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge is a good example of that. Another compact choice, the 2-sided design of the pillow allows you to decide if you prefer deluxe, soft memory foam, or the firmer support foam of the second side.

Reduce swelling in your hands, legs, and feet by relieving back tension, or place it under your belly or knees to help you feel more comfortable at night. The pillow can help relieve nerve pain and leg numbness, as well. As with the Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, the small shape of this pillow makes it easy to travel with.

Best Full Pillow: Queen Rose Full Pregnancy Pillow

Designed to follow the natural shape of a pregnant woman, the unique “U” shape of this maternity pillow allows for maximum support while sleeping. Rather than deciding between two ways to sleep with it, the shape of this pillow allows for full support of the belly, back, neck and legs, all at the same time. If you’re looking for total body coverage, this is likely a good option.

Color options include blue, gray, and a blue and pink combination. The high density, extra soft Bionic Polyethylene filling can be customized with more or less filling based on the user’s preference, and the unique makeup of the filling retains fluffiness for better performance and longer use.

Best for Back Pain: Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow

Similar to the Queen Rose Full Pregnancy Pillow, Leachco makes the Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, which provides equal support for the back and tummy at the same time with its hourglass inner curve design, which also helps align hips for better spine positioning.

Since the pillow is separated in the middle, both ends can be stacked to create double the support for your upper and lower body, while stacking the pillow for extra head support can help relieve heartburn ( a dreaded pregnancy symptom). The user can also easily flip from side to side if they’d like. This particular pillow is not machine washable, however, and it weighs seven pounds, making it quite substantial and not easy to move around.

Best for Tall People: ComfySure Full Body Pregnancy Pillow

For tall women, finding a pillow that’s long enough for the proper support can be difficult, while shorter pillows don’t necessarily hit in the right spots for maximum aid. Another U-shaped option, the ComfySure Full Body Pregnancy Pillow offers lumbar support, prevents sleep repositioning, and offers belly, arm, and neck support while relieving the pain and discomfort often associated with pregnancy. The extra-long measurements of this full-body pillow (39” x 59”) mean it’ll even fit on most queen and king-sized beds. This pillow is machine washable for easy cleaning, as well.

Best Portable: Leachco Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper

If a full body pillow isn’t your thing, the Leachco Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper provides targeted support during pregnancy, allowing you to pick between your back, legs, or tummy. This pillow naturally conforms to the shape of your body​ and helps align your hips to ensure neutral joint positioning. The compact shape of this pillow option makes it perfect to bring on travel, as well, although taller people may not find as much support as they’d like. The small shape of this pillow also makes it easy to transition use after your pregnancy to a breastfeeding pillow, as well.

Best for Sciatic Pain: Cushy Form Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief Knee Pillow

If you get sciatic nerve pain when you're pregnant, you might want to try a knee pillow that can help ease tension. This memory foam option supports your upper knees when you sleep on your side which puts you in the proper position for sleep. Beyond sciatic pain, this will also help relieve knee, ankle, hip, and joint pain because it puts you in the proper form while you slumber.

This Amazon top choice gets top reviews for offering relief and staying in place overnight. With some customers saying they got relief after one night of sleep.

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