During pregnancy, there are so many things to keep in mind that the list alone gives you a big headache, in addition to the various discomforts one goes through due to various bodily changes. As sleep is one of the things that matters, it is also becomes a pain in the neck, literally. As you proceed in your pregnancy, in many cases it seems like the amount of tiredness you feel is inversely proportional to the amount of sleep you can get.
Knowing what position is best for sleeping is not enough, you also need to get comfortable in that position in order to relax. Problem arises when you are not a habitual side sleeper or a restless sleeper. To take care of your discomforts while sleeping, there are a range of pillows available in the maternity market, custom made for various pregnancy discomforts.
Pregnancy pillows are made keeping in mind the objective of relieving pain from your knees, belly, back and even ankles. There are different pillows for different kinds of problems. These are listed below-
- Small, wedge pillows- while sleeping on the side, a small wedge pillow could be slid under your belly to give it proper support. The support also helps in relieving added strain that the bulging belly exerts on the muscles.
- U-shaped pillows/ a big C-pillow- placing one of these between your knees when you sleep could alleviate considerable pressure from your knee joints. It helps in small discomforts, letting one sleep soundly for as long as one can before getting up to pee. They are also very comfortable to sleep with, tucked between your knees as they are. It helps with the blood circulation as well, thus, helpful in reducing swellings.
- Curved, fully body pregnancy pillows- these help with many discomforts that hinder your relaxing sleep. These are full length pillows that could help with a lot of sleep related problems.
Most of these and several other kinds of pregnancy pillow have an appendage, a kind of a back support that makes sleep comfortable. Along with providing a comfortable back support, they also prevent turning on your back while sleeping. There are also foam mattresses available that can help in preventing hip aches that might occur due to sleeping on your side.
While buying these pillows, it will be helpful to check them for any lumps or if they can be easily lumped. Take care to buy pillows with good stuffing and even padding so that it can support you properly. U-shaped pillows can also be used to support head and neck in a manner that would keep your spinal cord in good straight alignment. It is not advised to sleep in a curvy position as it might give you a crick in the neck and cause aches.
While pregnancy pillows have generally garnered raving reviews from a major pregnant population, a lot of women believe that pregnancy pillows are not really necessary. One drawback is that many pregnancy pillows are hard to find offline, plus, they are a big splurge. According to many consumers, they found that a simple adult body pillow or just using few of your home pillows to support yourself in the right places did the job.
Also, as you come far along in your pregnancy, about thirty weeks or so, you might find that the pillows are merely cumbersome and make you hot and sweaty. Many women agreed that around this time during the pregnancy, they pretty much used the normal bed pillows. However, many women also accepted that the pregnancy pillows were actually worth it and they couldn’t have possibly done without it.