10 of the best pregnancy pillows

It can be so difficult to sleep comfortably with a bump, but some pregnant women swear by their maternity or V-shaped pillow. Some can also be used post-baby too...

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  • The best support pillows for mums-to-be

    When it comes to the list of pregnancy and baby essentials to buy, the pregnancy sleep pillow divides opinion. 

    For some, the pregnancy shopping list is so long that a short-lived pillow may feel like a luxury, especially given that a normal, ‘everyday’ pillow is a fraction of the price.

    For others, a maternity pillow is a lifesaver when it comes to getting comfy at night and being able to sleep for a good few hours. Well worth every penny. 

    That's probably one of the reasons why many of these pillows are now multi-functional, serving as breastfeeding or nursing pillows and supports for your baby. 

    The hard fact is that 78% of women say they have difficulty sleeping during their pregnancy and the good news is that your sleeping position in bed can help. Research has shown that lying on your side with a pillow between your legs and under your bump can help to regulate breathing, ease heartburn and aid a good night's sleep.

    To help you decide if a pillow may be your salvation against sleepless nights, we have chosen the 10 best pregnancy pillows for you and your baby…

  • Dreamgenii pregnancy support pillow, £47.99

    Probably the most well-known brand on the market, the Dream Genii is easily recognised by its ‘7’-style shape, designed to support your bump, back and hips.

    Our reviewer said: "It really does help you get more comfortable as you get bigger and start having trouble sleeping." Most of our mum reviewers agreed, with many saying that it helped reduce aches and pains.  

    On the down side, it's expensive, the cover is tricky to remove to wash and its large size makes it difficult to use as a support or breastfeeding pillow on a chair or sofa and is best used in bed.

    Read the full review of the Dreamgenii pregnancy support pillow

    You can buy the Dreamgenii on Amazon, John Lewis or Kiddicare

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  • Snuggle Up Original L-shaped pregnancy pillow, £30

    With its 'Babysoft' fabric covering that comes in 7 different colours, a special non-allergenic filling and lavender fragrance, the Snuggle Up Original L-shaped pillow aims to make bedtimes a lot more comfy - even with a bump!

    Our MFM reviewer scored this pillow a full five stars for its style, and value for money and said she was delighted with its "snugglability"! 

    The pillow also comes in a Classic version (£25) - with a simple white polycotton cover - and a Premium option (£35) - with inner beads that mould to your shape.

    Read the full review of the Snuggle Up Original L-shaped pillow here.

    Buy the Snuggle Up L-shaped pillow from PregnancyPillows.

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  • Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow (Big V), £44.95

    The Big V is designed to curl around you at night, supporting your bump. It’s also useful for breastfeeding and during the baby and toddler years, giving you full use for its high-end price. 

    Our MFM reviewer also said it was "invaluable" following the caesarean birth of her twins, as she found it gave her great support in bed, and getting in and out. The pillow is filled with tiny microbeads, which our MFM reviewer described as "soft and comfortable". 

    On the downside is the price tag and also that it's a bulky pillow, so you'll need somewhere to store it.

    Read our Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow full review

    You can buy the Theraline pillow on John Lewis or Amazon

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  • Pregna-Pillo £31.35

    A compact and portable cushion, the Pregna-Pillo is designed to help with back pain and stop mothers from twisting forward when lying down. Unlike other pregnancy pillows, this one has been approved by the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the UK.

    However, the Pregna-Pillo has a short lifespan as it can only be used from the third trimester. And due to its small size it will only support your bump, not your whole body.

    Check out the full review of the Pregna-Pillo.

    You can buy the Pregna-Pillo on Amazon.

  • By Carla pregnancy support pillow, £28.95

    This curved mum and baby pillow can be used during pregnancy, and is useful for breastfeeding after the birth. By Carla also produces a combination support system made up of the curved pillow and a triangular wedge, for extra bump support.

    The fact that the parts are separate means that once you've had your baby, it's easy to use as a nursing pillow on a sofa or chair. The covers are removable and machine washable. 

    The full By Carla My Essential review is here

    Buy the By Carla mum and baby support pillow from Precious Little One and from Tesco.

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  • Summer Infant Body Support Pillow, £29.99

    A big pillow shaped like a ‘9’ and designed to provide full-body support as it envelops your body from your head, through your legs and around your back. 

    Much-loved by expectant and breastfeeding mothers alike, the Summer Infant Body Support pillow is reasonably priced at £29.99.

    Buy the Summer Infant pillow on Amazon

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  • Widgey Plus Pregnancy & Sleep Pillow - Silver Star, £49.99

    At first glance the Widgey Plus looks the same as a majority of pregnancy pillows on the market; semi-circular and thick.

    However, the pillow is different because it can be molded into different shapes. It flexes between a long shape (great for pregnancy sleeping), curved (great for breastfeeding) or near-circular shape (great for baby support), depending on your needs. 

    Again, one of the more expensive pillows on the market, but retailers such as Toys R Us, John Lewis or Amazon do price reductions, so search around for the best deal. 

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  • BabyStart Mum to be Pillow Pack, £26.90

    Cheaper than most maternity pillows available, the basic pack comes in two parts; a v-shaped support pillow and triangular block, which helps when sleeping on your side. 

    Offering good support to your key areas: back, neck, bump and hips the Babystart can be used to help you sleep in pregnancy, but is not designed to go further, so you may need a different support pillow when breast feeding

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  • Maguari Isi Mini Buddy, £27.99

    A multiple use pillow, which can be used as a pregnancy support pillow, feeding cushion and support pillow for when your baby is learning to sit up.

    The Isi Mini Buddy is an unusual shape for a pillow, sort of resembling a horse, but it's the shape that gives it its versatility and means that the manufacturers can recommend it can give five years of use. And at £27.99 the Buddy offers great value for money.

    Buy the Isi Mini Buddy on Amazon.

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  • Thrupenny Bits nursing pillow, £55

    Thrupenny Bits (cockney rhyming slang for you-know-what) was launched in 2009 by mum-of-two Melissa Wyatt-Fosbury after she struggled with positioning her first-born son, and he struggled with latching-on while breastfeeding.

    With a clutch of awards and endorsed by celebrity mums including Fearne Cotton and Edith Bowman, the pillow comes in two sizes, small and large, which you lay in your lap.

    There are two straps which you tie around your waist to secure the pillow, meaning, unlike other cushions on the market, there’s no gap between you and the pillow which the baby can slip into.

    Our MFM mum said: "it’s definitely the best pillow I’ve come across. It fits snugly and firmly to the body, offers great support and can also be used as a support pillow for the baby and a bag for mum."

    Check out the full review here.

    You can buy the Thurpenny Bits pillow from Not On The Highstreet or Amazon.

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Last updated on 9 December 2016

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