Pregnancy and Birth

How to choose the best pregnancy pillow

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A pregnancy pillow is one of the best gifts you can buy for yourself or someone else during pregnancy. They’re so useful for giving you added support while easing aches and pains and helping you sleep. Here’s some tips to help you choose the best pregnancy pillow for your needs.  

Why use a pregnancy pillow? 

Once your bump starts to grow (around 20 weeks),  sleeping comfortably will become more of a challenge. This is where a good pregnancy pillow will soon become indispensable. Medical experts recommend sleeping on your side during pregnancy so making sure you have enough support is key. Here are some of the benefits a good pregnancy pillow can provide: 

  • Relieves pressure on key parts of the body 
  • Provides support for neck, back, knees and other areas 
  • Helps relieve aches and pains 
  • Provides support for natural hip alignment 
  • Helps to alleviate indigestion/heartburn  
  • Helps prevent round ligament pain 
  • Makes side sleeping more comfortable  
  • Allows blood to circulate freely 

What to look for when choosing a pregnancy pillow 

Now that you know the benefits, how do you choose the best pregnancy pillow for your needs? Here are some factors to consider when buying: 

Size – Some pregnancy pillows are smaller and portable while full body pillows can take up a lot of bed space. If you have a big bed then the full body pillow may be the best choice. But if not, there are smaller pillows to choose from. 

Firmness – Make sure the pillow you choose is firm enough to give the support you need. If it’s too soft, it might not be suitable. But on the flip side, make sure it’s got enough ‘give’ to be comfortable.  

Filling – what’s inside is very important, especially if you have any allergies or sensitivities to particular textiles so always check the label. Knowing it’s hypoallergenic and safe will give you peace of mind.  Try looking for an Okeo-Tex certified pillow, this means it has been independently certified to be free from harmful chemicals. 

Removable cover – this is an important feature, especially if your pregnancy pillow is going to get a lot of use. Most pillows come with a removable, washable cover to help keep your pillow clean and fresh.  

Portability – once you discover the benefits of a pregnancy pillow, you won’t want to be without it! Being able to take it away on holiday or an overnight stay is an added benefit so look for one with a carry bag or handles.  

Versatility – a pregnancy pillow can be a costly investment so you want to be sure it will get plenty of use. Look for something that is multi-functional, such as one that turns into a nursing pillow or baby pod. Most of our ClevaMama pregnancy pillows have more than one use so you will get value for money and a product that lasts.  

ClevaMama Pregnancy Pillows –Quick Guide 

Our newest pregnancy pillow is the ClevaFoam Therapeutic Maternity Pillow. This ‘C’ shaped pillow supplies all the support you need for your bump, neck, hips and knees. It comes with a removable breathable 100% cotton cover, a handy carry bag and is filled with our signature ClevaFoam which is breathable and hypoallergenic with reduced heat retention. 

Our largest full body pillow is the Therapeutic Body & Bump Maternity Pillow. This U-Shaped pillow cocoons your body, giving you all the support and comfort you need throughout your pregnancy. Filled with premium spiral hollow fibre, and with a 100% cotton machine washable cover, this pillow ensures you are fully supported. The pillow can also be used to create a comfortable position while sitting up and nursing your baby, when your little one arrives. 

If you are looking for something for Mum and Baby, the Mum2Me Maternity Pillow & Baby Pod is just the thing! First, you use it as a comfortable, supporting pregnancy pillow, then, when baby is born, you can attach the pod mattress to turn it into a baby pod for your newborn to relax in. It also comes with carry handles so you can take it anywhere. But that’s not all, you can also twist the pillow to make a comfortable support cushion and nursing pillow.  

If you think the Mum2Me is versatile, you haven’t met the ClevaCushion yet. This product is ‘the Swiss army knife’ of parenting, with an amazing 10 different functions. Not only is it a support cushion during/after pregnancy, but it’s also a nursing pillow, a baby nest seat, a tummy time support and much more. Visit our product page to see all the things the ClevaCushion can do.  

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