Pregnancy pillows can help with sleep, breastfeeding, aches & pains and more! Both during pregnancy and after your baby is born, your body will go through so many changes and will be quite sensitive - a soft and ergonomic pregnancy pillow could become your favourite new companion. Have a read of today's blog, in partnership with award-winning pregnancy pillow creators bbhugme, to find out more.
1. It can help alleviate back pain
Back pain is a common ailment during early pregnancy. Why? Because the ligaments in your body are becoming softer and stretching to prepare you for labour, which can cause your lower back and pelvic joints to become painfully strained. This discomfort can not only affect your day-to-day activities, but it could impact your sleep too. A pregnancy pillow is just one of the things you can try to help minimise this pain. The bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow has been specially designed to relieve pain - it adapts to your body and provides support where you need it most, be that your pelvis, abdomen, lower back, ankles and knees.
For more information and advice about back pain during pregnancy, visit the NHS website.
2. It can help you maintain a comfortable sleep position
Pregnant women are no strangers to tiredness - hormonal changes, discomfort and insomnia can all lead to many restless, sleepless nights. Finding a comfortable sleeping position can be the key to finally getting some shut eye, and a pregnancy pillow can help you do just that. Imagine nestling into a soft, cool pillow made with smooth cotton, taking the weight off your knees, hips or bump. The NHS recommends supporting your bump with pillows and putting a pillow between your knees for a bump-friendly sleep position. The bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow is long and perfectly shaped to target both those areas at once. Keeping it between your legs may also help to keep you on your side and stop you from sleeping on your back; which is not considered the best position during pregnancy (see previous NHS link).
3. It can help you find a comfortable breastfeeding position
Should you choose to breastfeed your baby, bbhugme have a specially designed Nursing Pillow that will provide support to critical areas such as the neck and shoulders during feeding. You can even adjust the firmness of the pillow to find the most comfortable surface for you and your baby. The Pregnancy Pillow may also be used postpartum to support your back and pelvis and prevent your back from slouching as you feed.
4. It can help keep you cool
Summer may have come to an end, but during pregnancy you may tend to feel just as warm during the night. The cover fabric on the bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow has been specially selected for its ability to repel heat, so it does a wonderful job of staying cool and preventing you from overheating as you sleep.
5. It can help you sleep away from home
bbhugme's collection is very lightweight, easy to mould into different shapes and fits nicely into a travel bag. If you're going on a babymoon, you'll want to take your pregnancy pillow with you to help you sleep in hotel beds that aren't always the comfiest! As we mentioned in point 4 - it will also help keep you cool in hotter climates, should you be visiting somewhere tropical. Once your baby starts to arrive, you may want to add it to your hospital bag too; just in case you end up spending a little longer than anticipated in the hospital bed.