Snuggle Up Original V-shaped pregnancy pillow review

Our rating 
4.6 out of 5 star rating 4.6
User rating
£20.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

An affordable, large and supportive pillow that can be used throughout pregnancy and once you've given birth
Comfort
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Versatility
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Ease of cleaning
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Style
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Quality
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Worth the money
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Pros: Comfortable and supportive
Cons: Takes up more room than a normal pillow, website flings too many pop-ups and discount-code offers at you, lavender fragrance is synthetic
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The company that makes Snuggle Up L-shaped Pregnancy Pillows has stopped trading, so they will no longer be on sale and you will no longer be able to buy or receive them. Please do not purchase these pillows.

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This is an old review of the PregnancyPillows Snuggle-up pillow, this pillow is no longer available to buy.

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What’s the point of pregnancy pillows?

The benefit of a v-shaped pillow is that you can use it after birth for breastfeeding.  Especially useful if you’ve had a c-section and struggle to hold the baby – or when you get back some time to yourself and can start sitting up in bed and reading again (remember that?).

Another benefit is that you don’t have to adjust it every time you turn over in bed: a blessing when you’re kicking the covers off and flinging yourself around at 4am.

Is there anything special about this one?

Yes, the Snuggle Up Original pregnancy pillow offers just the right amount of support for your head and neck (more on that in a minute), and comes coated in an extremely soft fabric that the brand calls BabySoft fabric.

Jargon aside, it’s like snuggling up to a newborn’s teddy bear. The Snuggle Up ranges come in seven shades of pastel, so you can pick one that blends with your bedroom’s colour scheme.

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Available to buy at Pregnancy Pillows and Amazon

How supportive is the Snuggle Up Original pregnancy pillow?

To give you an indication, I like a fairly hard pillow and can’t stand the feather-filled ones you get in hotels, which swallow up your head as soon as you lay down.

I found the v-shaped Snuggle Up Original perfectly supported my head and neck, while still feeling soft and luxurious.

Of course I still needed a wedge under my bump and a thick pillow between my legs to support my gluteals, so this is something to bear in mind when you’re picking the shape of pregnancy pillow that’s right for you.

An L- or U-shape pillow might be better.  And unless you have a king-sized bed, you’ll also need a sympathetic partner who doesn’t mind having the end of a pillow in his or her personal space at night. The V-shape does take up more room than a normal pillow.

What’s it made of?

Nursery-grade foam balls that PregnancyPillows is calling ‘sensifil’ – an anti-allergenic, anti-asthmatic filling approved by the certification body Allergy Standards.

The outer ‘BabySoft’ fabric seems pretty robust and is easily washable, which is always a bonus with a small boy clambering over it when he gets the chance.

But the main thing for me was that it meant it was supportive but soft, and didn’t conduct my fluctuating body heat, so it always felt soothing against my skin however irritated I became.

The Original L-shaped pregnancy pillow is marketed as having a lavender-scented inner fabric, to aid sleep. But despite currently having the nasal abilities of a sniffer dog as a ‘bonus’ of being pregnant, I couldn’t smell it at all.

This is just as well, really, because the fragrance itself is synthetic, so any kind of relaxing association you’d have with it would be purely psychosomatic.

Better to buy a bottle of pure lavender essential oil and putting one drop on a cotton wool ball near your head, or on the actual pillow itself.

Essential oils are volatile, which means they’ll eventually evaporate rather than stain your pillow. Then you’ll get the relaxing health benefits, too, provided you like the smell of lavender!

Do I have to buy any extras?

It depends if you have the right pillow already to fit between your knees and take the pressure off your spine and bottom. You may, like me, require a wedge underneath your bump.

The website is not as user-friendly as it could be.  It bombards you with discount codes, incentives and Facebook-style pop-ups. This can be quite annoying when you’re trying to look through the site with a mind of buying something quickly.

But hopefully you’ll only have to look at it once, when you buy the product.

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Will the pillow be useful postnatally?

Without a doubt. Having had a baby via c-section already, I can tell this will be a great breastfeeding pillow, especially in those early stages when I can’t pick the new arrival up.

The cover comes off and goes in the washing machine, the pillow is firm enough to lie a baby on, or to rest your arms on, and sits comfortably around the waist (my husband’s tried it, as my bump is still in the way).

Made for Mums Verdict:

This is an old review of the PregnancyPillows Snuggle-up pillow, this pillow is no longer available to buy.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Snuggle Up
Model Original V-shaped Pregnancy Pillow
Price £20.00
Pillow type Pregnancy

Features

Features
  • This pillow is perfect for relieving lower lumbar pain during pregnancy and as a feeding and support pillow once baby has arrived and is ready to sit up and start crawling.