If you’ve ever been pregnant then you must have realized by now how uncomfortable it is! You cannot get comfortable in any position and nearly everything hurts. As the baby grows and you put on more and more weight, you will find it more and more difficult to find clothes that fit and of course, sleeping positions that are comfortable. And as the pregnancy progresses, it gets worse and worse! But there are several things you can use to get comfortable like tummy support, breast support and finally the maternity pillow.
What is a maternity pillow?
A maternity pillow is specifically designed to ensure that pregnant women do get a full nights rest in a relaxed and comfortable position. The pillows are available in a range of sixes and shapes and colors and they are very easy to buy over the internet. They are also very comfortable to use and sleep with. Most doctors do prescribe or suggest the use of maternity pillows for those women who are finding it difficult to sleep in the night during their second or third trimester of pregnancy.
How can a maternity pillow help you?
Most maternity pillows are designed to be held while you sleep. Researchers have noted that sleeping on the left side when you are pregnant is the best position. This position ensures that you do not put pressure on the main blood vessels running along your back and cause an increase in blood pressure. The venae cavae and the aorta that run on your back are major blood vessels and they are already compressed due to the pressure of the developing baby in the expanding uterus. The maternity pillow ensures that pregnant women remember to sleep on their left side to relive pressure on the blood vessels that are located slightly to the right of the spine. This ensures that you are more rested, your blood vessels are not compressed, and you do not get any rise in your blood pressure.
You can use a maternity pillow like this for relaxation
- Use the pillow as a rest between your knees to ensure that your legs and your lower back are well supported while you are sleeping.
- You can use the pillow as a lower back support in case of back pain before going to sleep.
- You can also use the pillow to support your belly when you are sleeping on your side. This will reduce a lot of stress on your lower back which carries the main weight of your expanding uterus.
- You can place the pillow underneath your knees and sleep on your side to support yourself.
What materials are commonly available in the form of maternity pillows?
Its a good idea to choose common cotton but with a synthetic non-allergenic material as a filling in the pillow. But if you cannot find cotton you can choose polyester filling, or every polycot which is a mix of polyester and cotton. You can even get foams as a filling material for your maternity pillow.