Pregnancy is an amazing time, it’s the time in a woman’s life when she is naturally transitioning from just womanhood to the realm of motherhood. Gradually getting to know your growing baby is an incredibly precious feeling and for myself was a very exciting time.
Although, it’s not all so delightful. The reality is that as your body increasingly adapts and changes to your growing child, often so does the restlessness, together with the aches and pains. At times it can be challenging to even get to sleep, especially in your second and third trimester.
However it’s not all bad news, there are many modern innovations that have made our life easier and have helped us solve problems suffered by those that came before us. Once such innovation is the pregnancy or maternity pillow, promising to provide support and comfort is one of its major claims, one which I can personally vouch for.
Pregnancy pillows are not perfect objects though, they do require some competency from their user. By that I mean you need to know how to use them effectively, in order to get their maximum comfort and support.
The Types of Pregnancy Pillows
The way you use your pregnancy pillow depends on the type of maternity pillow in question. There are a few main types of pillows designed especially for pregnant women, these include pregnancy wedge pillows, pregnancy full body pillows and total body pillows.
The pregnancy wedge pillow
This pillow like the name suggests is wedge shaped, and so is designed to be placed under you and provide support to your stomach. When using a wedge pillow make sure to sleep on your side as this is the most appropriate sleeping position to adopt during pregnancy.
The wedge is then simple place underneath your side while the upper, chunkiest part of the wedge is under your stomach, supporting your tummy and baby throughout the night.
The pregnancy full Length body pillow
A lot of the time people avoid buying pillows as they don’t understand how to use them properly, but it’s really simple. Unlike the usual, small pillows full body pregnancy pillows are supposed to be hugged like a person. A good way to sleep with one is to embrace it with your legs wrapped at either side.
A good quality pregnancy pillow can provide really great support to you and your baby during sleep, this is especially helpful in the third trimester when sleeping can become very uncomfortable.
Total Body Pregnancy Pillow
Unlike the wedge and full length pregnancy pillows, the total body pregnancy pillows are designed to encase your entire body, providing the best possible support for your pregnant body. These are typically around 6 foot in length easily able to provide full body support and comfort for the majority of mothers.
There are two key varieties of total body pregnancy pillows, including c shaped and u shaped pillows. The letter given to the type represents the shape of the pillow e.g. the c variety of this pillow type is shaped like the letter c, and the u is shaped like the letter c.
Although both shaped pillows are full body pillows, each is used in a different way.
How to Use a C Shaped Body Pillow
To use the C shaped body pillow is simple, simply place one end of it between your legs as though you were riding a bike, while the top of the C is where you rest your head. The inner part of the C is designed to provide support for your back, taking the pressure away from your spine.
How to Use a U Shaped Body Pillow
The U shaped body pillow is designed to be hugged like a tree. The U shaped body pillow provides support for both sides of your body, unlike the C shaped body pillow. This is a great option for mothers who love to sleep on their back but during pregnancy are having a difficult time.
The U shaped pillow provides comfort and support for your head, neck and spine and legs.
Leachco Pregnancy Pillow Review
Your sleeping position has more importance than you probably think. Not many people even consider the positives and negatives of the way they sleep, but some sleeping styles are better than others.
In fact your sleeping position can have an effect on comfort, relaxation, as well as very important health impacts such as your blood pressure, circulation and breathing. The truth is that certain sleeping positions can hamper your health and are not recommended. This is even more important to consider for expectant mothers, as sleeping on the back or stomach can result in unnecessary strain on the back and spine. This can result in back and neck aches and pains, as well as low blood pressure, breathing difficulty, and digestive problems.
The good thing is that during pregnancy pillows are a great solution to your sleeping problems. There are a whole range of maternity pillows designed entirely to suit the physical demands of being pregnant. These include full body pillows, sleeping cradles and many other pregnancy pillow options which include a range of different promises and features.
Today I’m going to be reviewing the Snoogle Body Pillow from the Leacho product line. Certain pillows from their line have been a tremendous help through my pregnancies. I am so grateful that I came across their products; previously I was having a nightmare getting to sleep and finding any form of comfort in my bed while pregnant.
I personally chose to use pillows by Leacho as unlike other pillow companies they focused purely on maternity pillows for mothers like myself. I found this to be an advantage as they provide the best pillow for mothers in terms of both design, quality and style and don’t try to pass off a normal or other types of pillows as acceptable for pregnancy.
The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
This is one of Leacho’s most popular maternity pillows and as a result I had high expectations as I was waiting for it to arrive. As the name states this is a total body pillow meaning it’s designed to provide support and comfort for your entire body through pregnancy.
Being pregnant isn’t always easy, although it is an exciting time it does have its negatives in particular the aches and pains as a result of your growing baby pushing your body to the extremes. Back pain, neck pain, hip pain and abdominal pain are the worst and at times can become unbearable, but thanks to the LeachcoSnoogle you can find relief from these aches and pains, it’s especially helpful when you need to sleep.
This pillow is designed perfectly to support a growing abdomen in the first trimester of pregnancy, its many contours support the most painful pressure points of your body. For example the base fits nicely between your legs, while the head provides a comfortable place to rest your head, while the outer portion hugs your back, its pure zen to any aching and tired mother wanting to escape.
Overall I really can vouch for the pillow and I’m not at all surprised it ranks #1 on Amazon.com. What I also love about Leachco is the fact you can choose both a white and black color, as I find a lot of pillows out there are limited to just white. Although white looks nice, is it really that practical?
No need for multiple pillows – Like a lot of mothers before I discovered the Snoogle full body pillow I used many normal pillows to support my back, neck and hips during pregnancy. However the main issue with this is that they easily scatter and you’ll find most on the floor when you wake up.
Temperature Control – The Snoogle helps with temperature control, as when you’re pregnant you know how difficult breathing normally can become. The Snoogle helps to elevate your alleviating breathing difficulties and also helps in reducing heartburn and other digestive system issues.
Durable – As it comes included with an extremely tough removable cover that is machine washable and simple to replace.
Breastfeeding Aid – You can continue to use your Snoogle after pregnancy too and it is ideal for breast feeding mothers as it reduces the risks associated with smothering of the child as the mother lies on the bed and feeds her baby.
Don’t get me wrong, the size of the pillow provides your body with maximum support through pregnancy and I incredibly soothing to your aching limbs. However it’s not ideal for travelling with as it’s just too large and awkward to transport.
The pillow is slightly pricey in comparison to other cheaper options such as regular pillows. It is available at Amazon.com for $49.26 which is expensive. However it is an amazing pillow, I can’t deny that.
The Leachco Full Body Pregnancy Pillow is perfect for all pregnant mothers wanting to relax and alleviate aches and pains. Although it is a pricey pillow it’s definitely a long term investment and I continue to use it 6 months after the birth of my child, even better we’re both able to enjoy it together too.