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Pregnancy/Maternity Pillow

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

This is my fifth pregnancy and I have never needed nor wanted a pregnancy pillow.  However I am shocked at how uncomfortable I already am at night and am wondering if this would be a good option for me.  Does anybody have one?  Which one and how do you like it?  Has anybody had one and hated it?  Any brands you think you would want to try? 

 

We don't have any extra pillows or I would just put one between my legs.  So since I have to buy something anyway, I might as well get something that will work wonderfully!

post #2 of 22

LOL, I use a throw pillow from our guest room in-between my knees that is large enough that it cushions my pelvis.  Didn't bother buying anything different.  Maybe try a few different extra ones around the house?

post #3 of 22

I've been quite uncomfortable too.  I bought the leachco snoogle body pillow, and hated it, and returned it.  It was enormous and I sorta felt closterphobic.  I bought the boppy snuggle pillow, which is much smaller and hate that too and will be returning it next week.  What has helped me was putting one of those egg crate foam mattress pads under my mattress cover.  I no longer wake up with sore hips and sleep much sounder.  I also found that taking a large blanket and rolling it up (placing along side me) is enough support for me to lean against and support my back so I don't wake up completely on my back.  I haven't found that I really need anything between my legs at this point, but if I do, I will just buy an extra bed pillow.

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by abouttobe5 View Post

LOL, I use a throw pillow from our guest room in-between my knees that is large enough that it cushions my pelvis.  Didn't bother buying anything different.  Maybe try a few different extra ones around the house?


I don't have any extra pillows.  wink1.gif  Like literally.  None.  I don't like clutter and I don't like extra stuff for the kids to mess with.

post #5 of 22

I have a huge long one that I really dislike.  It makes me sweat horribly and is to long it's unmanagable.  I also have a smaller one that's kinga C shaped.  It's goes between my thighs (helps so much with pelvic pain) and under my tummy.  Or I can flip it so it goes between the thighs and kinda cradles my back.  good luck, if  you find a magical solution, let us know!

post #6 of 22

Abouttobe5, I just use a throw pillow too! Works for now!

 

DH bought me a long pillow last pregnancy but it wasn't very firm/stuffed at all so I didn't use it. I need to go find it and add some extra pillow stuffing to it and see how it works now. 

post #7 of 22
I got a son ogle for my birthday and I love it. I must admit, it ends up on the floor most mornings, but it feels good to lean against to fall asleep. I think it will be good to bring to the hospital too since you have a better chance of getting a free nights stay there than getting an extra gross plastic pillow! smile.gif
post #8 of 22
Lol. Auto correct! Snoogle. Not son ogle. smile.gif
post #9 of 22
Aaand anyway, turns out I have the preggle, not the snoogle. I noticed that as I tripped over the bag that's been laying in the hallway for a week. Could they think of worse names for these contraptions?
post #10 of 22

I always bring my own pillow to the hospital!  Even though we don't stay overnight I just like my own pillow being in the room. 

 

I'm always uncomfortable in bed, I'm cosleeping with my 16 month old and 5 year old.  My poor husband somehow ends up on the bunk bed with the 3 year old. 

I wake up with 20 tiny toe nails being raked down my back and stomach.  I don't think a snoogle would make it better for me.  I will grab an extra pillow for between my legs when my hips are hurting me but since I'm up at the bathroom or rolling over so often, it always ends up on the floor.

 

I really like and miss sleeping on my stomach.  I need a mattress with a hole in it for my belly.

post #11 of 22
post #12 of 22

I just use a long body pillow.  I tuck one end between my legs and as I get bigger I tuck the other under my belly. It's not as big as a pregnancy pillow, but works just fine for me.  I also have a memory foam topper than absolutely saves my hips.  

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bmorefarmgirl View Post

Aaand anyway, turns out I have the preggle, not the snoogle. I noticed that as I tripped over the bag that's been laying in the hallway for a week. Could they think of worse names for these contraptions?

I was just going to ask who the heck comes up with the names for these things?  Preggie?  Snoogle?  They sound like infant toys!  

post #14 of 22

My MIL sewed me a c-shaped pregnancy pillow when I was only about two months along! She stuffed it with cotton instead of with the styrofoam peanuts some of them seem to have inside. So I've been sleeping with that since even before I had any "pregnant body" issues. I have sciatica and if I manage to get into the wrong position while sleeping, it's incredibly painful. The pillow really helps with that. I'm also hoping it will support my belly once my belly gets larger. My SO loves it, too - if I'm not around he will snuggle with it. The only drawback to it, as far as I can tell, is that it creates a space between me and the SO while we are sleeping. We are used to spooning or holding each other while we sleep.
 

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by jeunesdragons View Post

...it creates a space between me and the SO while we are sleeping. We are used to spooning or holding each other while we sleep.
 

 

I'm so GLAD mine creates a space between me and my husband! He's not a big cuddler like I am anyway, but he's always filthy hot to the touch and I'm always burning up feeling, so having my pillow as a barrier against his crazy arms/legs really saves me from his horrific body heat. The loss of cuddles is an acceptable fate for the relief it otherwise brings ;P

post #16 of 22

I have a down-filled body pillow and I quite like it -- the top half is between my arms and I either put the bottom half between my knees or drape one leg over the top of it (sort of an "exaggerated side-lying" position).  I definitely missed it when we visited my parents for a week and I had to make do with a few extra pillows.  

 

I may have to try the egg crate mattress cover -- my hips do hurt at night, and I have to keep flipping from side to side (with my giant pillow).

post #17 of 22
I have the Target maternity pillow from last time. It worked well for me. It's a bit longer than a normal pillow but not as long as a body pillow and is wedge-shaped but not very firmly stuffed. It also has a bit of a bend in the middle. I used to put one end under my stomach and the other end between my knees. After J was born I put it behind my back when I feed lying on my side and I'm still using it for that now. It also comes with two pillow cases which I liked but I've never seen pillowcases for it that you could buy on their own.
post #18 of 22

I'm loving my snoogle... I bought that because then it leaves one side open for cuddling with husband, but then I started adding a normal pillow on that side for my belly :P the snoogle feels different along my front vs back, but I enjoy it both ways, just starting to need something under the belly no matter what. So I'm rethinking the huge U shaped ones now lol! it would save the rearranging every time I roll over....

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by kparker View Post

 

I'm so GLAD mine creates a space between me and my husband! He's not a big cuddler like I am anyway, but he's always filthy hot to the touch and I'm always burning up feeling, so having my pillow as a barrier against his crazy arms/legs really saves me from his horrific body heat. The loss of cuddles is an acceptable fate for the relief it otherwise brings ;P

 

Ha ha - I thought last night I would literally push my DH out of bed b/c he kept inching closer to me at night.  I woke him up at least 2 or 3 times and then eventually just annoyingly violently shoved him over to his side and he didn't even wake up.  Then my DS (3 years old) came into bed with us at 4 and he snuggles right in so I lost any hope for decent sleep.  :)  Summer + no AC + snuggly DH/DS = one tired mama!!  

 

That being said I don't have a pillow (don't like anything against me lately) so I guess there is no way to keep them away. :)

post #20 of 22

Abouttobe5- My kiddo tends to come in the bed early in the morning (1-2ish) and he is also a snuggler. Means I'm pretty much stuck with a small pillow between my legs and DS in my arms. orngbiggrin.gif

 

DH seems to get the hint that the queen bed is too small for all 3.5 of us so he sleeps in the guest room after DS moves in. 

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