10 of the best pregnancy pillows

It can be so difficult to sleep comfortably with a bump, but sometimes there's no better help than a supportive pillow. So we highlight the best pregnancy, support and nursing pillows you can buy in the UK

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  • 1. Snuggle Up! Original U-Shaped Pillow, £35 - MFM Silver Award Winner for hero pregnancy product

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support

    Sleep can be in short supply when you are pregnant, even though you need rest more than ever.

    This U-shaped pillow offers pressure relief to aid sleeping on your side and is filled with shape-retaining beads for support. It has a relaxing lavender aroma too.

    Comes in seven colours, breathable fabric and is machine-washable as well as allergy-friendly.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about Snuggle Up! Original U Shaped Pillow:

    “This is a fantastic for the stage of pregnancy where you need to support your belly to feel comfortable at night. My daughter loves it too - she snuggles down in the gap of the pillow when relaxing on my bed and strokes it as it feels so soft on her little hands.” Laura, expectant mum of 1

    “Really like the soft cover on the pillow. It’s supportive - and it's huge!” MFM Reviews Editor, Hazelann

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  • 2. Kit For Kids Heat Regulating Cuddle Me Pregnancy Pillow, £42.99 - MFM Silver Award Winner for hero pregnancy product

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support 

    Offering both temperature regulation and full body support, you’ll love cuddling up to this Kit For Kids pillow.

    The wrap around shape is versatile and can support the head, bump and knees simultaneously, to give a good sleeping position.

    The soft cover is machine washable at 30C.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about Kit For Kids Heat Regulating Cuddle Me Pregnancy Pillow:

    “I love, love, LOVE this pillow!  Before, I was finding sleeping uncomfortable with my ever-increasing third trimester bump.  This pillow has changed everything.  It can be twisted into any position; I sleep with one end curled under my neck and the other end cushioning between my knees which relieves my back and hip pain.” Elizabeth, mum-to-be

    “This pillow changed my life (or my sleep). Super comfortable, very supportive and really helps to ease the weight from the belly. Plus it feels like someone is hugging you all round. Even my husband tries to wrestle it from me to use himself!” Ayesha, mum-to-be

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  • 3. Maguari Isi Mini Buddy Pillow, £27.99

    Type of pillow: pregnancy support, nursing and baby support

    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.

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  • 4. Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow, £39.99

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support and nursing

    This distinctive-looking pillow has become iconic with many a pregnant mums-to-be.  Shaped like a 9, the Dreamgenii offers back support, leg support and bump support, the shape of the pillow is designed to offer maximum blood flow between mother and baby whilst you sleep. 

    One of our forum members said: “at 20 weeks pregnant I started having trouble sleeping. My back was aching and I found it really uncomfortable to lie on my side. The Dreamgenii pillow has made such a difference. It keeps me on my left side and the pillow between my knees is great for my back pain.”

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  • 5. Snuggle Up! Original L-shaped Pillow, £35

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support and nursing 

    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

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  • 6. Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow, £40

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support and nursing

    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. 

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  • 7. By Carla Pregnancy Support Pillow, £34.99

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support and nursing

    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. 

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  • 8. Summer Infant Body Support Pillow, £29.99

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support, nursing and baby support 

    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.

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  • 9. BabyStart Mum to be Pillow Pack, £26.90

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support and nursing

    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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  • 10. Chicco Boppy Total Body pillow, £60

    Type of pillow: Pregnancy support 

    A pillow that can be divided into 3 separate pieces, the Chicco Boppy Total Body Pillow allows you to configure it in any way you like, to offer you the support you want.

    What's also great about the Boppy pillow is that it's completely machine washable, so no faffing around when it comes to keeping it clean. 

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Last updated on 28 March 2017

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