When a woman is pregnant her body is working harder than ever. Every organ is doing twice the duty and she needs to rest well for this to happen. She needs rest and that rest needs to be the best that she can get so that her body can create new life. However, sometime in the second trimester sleeping in her normal position gets more and more difficult if not practically impossible. Those that sleep on their backs or stomachs are the most bothered by this but even sleeping on your side can be tough. The right body pillow can help greatly and will be one of the best investments made to relieve some of the discomfort of pregnancy.
1. Every pregnancy is different, even in the same mother. Take note of the problems or needs for your pregnancy and make that the focus when shopping. How the fetus is being carried in the uterus can make a difference in how a woman sleeps, sits and gets comfortable. Reflux and pregnancy rhinitis are issues to consider when looking for a pillow that will assist a good nights’ sleep.
2. Each pillow is shaped like a different letter, “O,” “U,” “C” and lowercase “l” in order to provide relief to different areas of the body. They also fit your body differently to provide support for the specific areas you may be having pain in. Some women need more back support for and others may need their head positioned a certain way to prevent reflux.
3. Always consult a doctor before making an adjustment that may affect the baby. Certain positions can harm the mother or the child and you will want to be aware of anything you may need to watch for. In particular is the issue of an artery that the fetus can rest on and harm the mother.
4. Be aware of the return policy for each pillow. It may look like it will invite sleep but very well could make you more uncomfortable than when you started. One of the worst things that you can do when pregnant is not get adequate rest, there is more than one person affected!
Take your time and choose a pregnancy pillow carefully. Don’t settle for the first one you see and if doesn’t target the problems that you are having, keep in mind that there are several types out there. One of them is bound to be the right fit for a great night of rest.