8 of the Best Pregnancy Pillows for a Good Night’s Sleep, According to Real Moms

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Between the heartburn, trips to the bathroom and constant worrying (over the car seat, daycare costs, not sleeping—take your pick), getting a decent night’s shut-eye is the ultimate in pregnancy unicorns. But one thing that might help? A pillow designed to support your growing body. From U- or C-shaped pillows to wedges, they all support in slightly different ways depending on your needs. "When choosing a pregnancy pillow, consider its shape, size, filling material, support and alignment, removable and washable cover, adjustability, hypoallergenic and safe materials and durability," says Dr. Shelby Harris, sleep expert. (A couple top brands Dr. Harris likes include PharmMeDoc and Leachco.) While all pregnancy pillows are meant to offer support and comfort to the person using it, if you're pregnant, you know even the slightest discomfort will have you wanting to throw it across the room, so buying one that matches your needs is a must.

Here, eight of the best pregnancy pillows to help you sleep like a baby (while making a baby).

The Best Pregnancy Pillows At A Glance


Best for Side Sleepers

Newton Baby The Pregnancy Pillow

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Best C-Shaped Pillow

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

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Best Body Pillow

Tempur-Pedic Body Pillow

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Best Pregnancy Wedge

Boppy Pregnancy Support Wedge

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Best for Hip Pain

Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow

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Meet the Expert:

Dr. Shelby Harris is the Director of Sleep Health at Sleepopolis and Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and specializes in behavioral sleep medicine.

What to Consider When Buying a Pregnancy Pillow

  • Size: Pregnancy pillows come in a range of sizes, from unobtrusive wedges to giant U-shaped pillows that envelop you in a warm hug. So, if you share the bed, you might want to loop in your sleeping partner on this one, since they may end up losing some of that valuable bed space. (Or don’t—you’re the one making a baby, after all.)
  • Shape: Every woman experiences pregnancy differently, including where they feel those aches and pains. So it makes sense to keep your own body in mind when it comes to choosing the right pregnancy pillow for you. For example, if your neck hurts, then a pillow that can be tucked underneath your head may offer some relief. Or if you’re desperate to take some weight off your bump, then a pillow that cradles your belly might help. Other pregnancy pillows can be wedged between your knees or offer support for your back. And keep in mind that if you tend to flip-flop while you sleep, then you might want to pick a U-shaped pillow so you won’t have to readjust every time you get up to use the bathroom (i.e., every other hour).
  • Material: Some pillows are made with cotton covers (ideal for those who tend to get hot at night), while others are polyester. One more thing to keep in mind: The best pregnancy pillows are the ones that can be washed—in case you get sweaty at night or, you know, accidentally spill some ice cream while you’re watching Netflix.

How We Tested and Chose The Best Pregnancy Pillows

We've had a number of pregnant people here at PureWow, and we put them to use, testing pillows! They considered the quality of the material and construction of the pillow, the shape and how it supported us and the size of it and how it worked in our existing sleep routine. Keep in mind that Dr. Shelby Harris recommends you look into the features of pillows that meet your needs, from alignment to size to how easy it is to wash the pillowcase it comes in.

There’s an Actual Best Side to Sleep on When You’re Pregnant

Best for Side Sleepers

1. Newton Baby The Pregnancy Pillow

Newton Baby

  • What We Like: detachable arm, soft and washable cover
  • What We Don't Like: detachable arm zipper isn't super sturdy so it can unzip easily
  • Material: memory foam-fiber cluster blend filling, organic cotton cover
  • Size: 55-inches-by-31-inches

This pregnancy pillow is extra versatile because you can unzip one of the arms off if you want less pillow or want to throw that arm between your legs. The cover is easily removable so you can wash it after every few uses, plus it's very soft since it's made of organic cotton. "Ever since I got this pillow, I look forward to going to bed every night because it's that comfortable," raves commerce editor Olivia Dubyak. "I've tried out a lot of pillows for sleeping and this one is the only one that supported belly and back during my constant flipping from side to side. I have had sciatic pain pretty badly during pregnancy so I need support between my legs to relieve pressure and align my spine well, and this one does just that," says Dubyak.

Best C-Shaped Pillow

2. Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow


Designed by a registered nurse (and mother), this C-shaped pillow has a curved top for resting your head, a long middle to support your back or belly and a slightly less curved end for tucking between your legs (thereby supporting your hips). “I’m currently using the Snoogle and I don’t know what I would do without it—I’m obsessed!” says reviewer Vanessa, a former back sleeper who was 20 weeks pregnant. Measuring 60 inches long and 25 inches wide, there’s plenty of room here for your growing bump. And reviewers are just as infatuated with the pillow post-pregnancy, using the “doughnut position” (see the manual) for tummy support. Available in gray, ivory and mauve.

Best Body Pillow

3. Tempur-Pedic Body Pillow


For a cushion that molds to you, turn to the ergonomic OGs of the pillow world. Designed to respond to the shape and pressure of your growing body, memory foam is surrounded by a washable and removable quilted cotton cover. “I loved the Tempur-Pedic pillow that I had before getting pregnant, and I wanted something similar for my second and third trimester, so this was perfect,” says mom Sarah. Measuring 48 inches long and 14 inches wide, this pick is on the larger side but won’t take over your entire bed.

Best Pregnancy Wedge

4. Boppy Pregnancy Support Wedge


  • What We Like: small and sloped, thick for support
  • What We Don't Like: easy to roll away from while sleeping
  • Material: polyurethane foam fill, cotton-spandex cover
  • Size: 14-inches-by-12-inches

This compact pillow measures 14 inches long and 12 inches wide, and is great for targeting a specific area (usually your belly or your back). It can also be used to prop up your knees while you’re relaxing on the couch or for extra comfort behind your back while you’re sitting at work. Shaped like an incomplete circle and sloped, its size and weight make it perfectly portable. “When I was pregnant, I had a full body pillow and this wedge. I’d alternate between the two and make sure to pack this one in my suitcase when traveling,” says Jennie, a mom of two. Commerce editor Olivia Dubyak has been really liking this one during her pregnancy, too. "I prefer it for laying on the couch or sitting at my desk since I need much more support while I sleep at night. Propped up for my lower back it helps my posture feel supported so I don't fall into a slouch for comfort," she says.

Best for Hip Pain

5. Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow


  • What We Like: removable cover, cooling
  • What We Don't Like: material feels a little slippery
  • Material: polyester-cotton blend fill, rayon cover
  • Size: not available

Smaller beds mean less space.“I was worried that the body-size pillows would be too large for my five-foot-two frame, so I went with something smaller and loved it,” says mom Juliana. (Her husband and dog were big fans too.) This medium-size pregnancy pillow offers support for your hips, legs and bump—without taking over the entire bed. "This is my favorite nap pillow because it supports my hips and belly perfectly, plus the rayon cover is pretty cooling," says commerce editor Olivia Dubyak.

Best U-Shaped

6. Pharmedoc Full Body Pillow


  • What We Like: durable, very supportive
  • What We Don't Like: feels pretty heavy
  • Material: polyester fill, cotton cover
  • Size: 53-inches-by-31-inches

The U-shaped pillow contours to wrap all around you, making sure that your neck, shoulders, back and hips stay aligned. A detachable extension can be used as a body pillow on its own or attach to the main body for additional support. Here’s what Rachel, a mom of one, has to say: “Finally, I could effing sleep. It just hugs you up and wraps around that big ol’ belly, supporting all the places that ache with pregnancy.” And the zippered cotton pillow cover is machine washable and hypoallergenic. "I could hug one side between my knees and prop my back up against the other, easing those third trimester aches and pains and helping me get (a little) more sleep," says Executive Editor Alexia Dellner. You might want to let your partner know that he’s about to lose some bed space, though: This maternity pillow measures 53 inches long, 31 inches wide and 7 inches high. Available in nine different colors including light blue, light pink and gray.

Best Regular Pillow Set

7. Amazon Basics Down Alternative Pillows

Amazon Basics

  • What We Like: down alternative, set of two
  • What We Don't Like: more of a DIY solution since it's technically a pillow for your head, not between your legs
  • Material: down alternative fill
  • Size: standard and king size

For some women, a strategically placed worn-in pillow is better than a fancy new one. “I actually hated every pregnancy pillow I tried,” says mom Dabee. “I ended up using a regular pillow that wasn’t too fluffy and put it between my knees.” Hey, whatever works. These pillows come in a set of two and are made with a down alternative so they're fluffy and cozy. Plus, they have more than 20,000 five-star ratings on Amazon.

Best Cooling

8. Puff Body Pillow

  • What We Like: hypoallergenic, cooling
  • What We Don't Like: may take up a lot of room in the middle of the bed
  • Material: synthetic fibers fill, quilted microfiber case
  • Size: 21-inches-by-54-inches

You know that annoying feeling where it doesn’t matter how much you toss and turn at night but you just can’t get comfortable? Well, in pregnancy, multiply that sensation by about a hundred. And as any mama will tell you—the level of discomfort only grows with your expanding bump. That’s why it can be helpful to have a couple of pillows on standby or one that can be readjusted as your pains move from one side to the other (and then back again). This big body pillow is made of hypoallergenic materials and is incredibly squishy and snuggly to sleep with. According to Senior Editor Dara Katz, you may as well be hugging a cloud. "The quilted texture is smooth and cozy, and it somehow always stays cool—aka helps me avoid the night sweats," she mentions. The filling is made to never go flat, according to the brand, so bend it, twist it, and fluff it as much as you need, it should do a bang up job at keeping its shape.

How to Use A Pregnancy Pillow

The main purpose of a pregnancy pillow is to support your body through the duration of your nine (read: ten) month journey. This means, you should think about how your body is feeling as you sleep to refine your search for the kind of support you need. Do you toss and turn from side to side? A U-shaped pillow may be a great option for you. Does your lower back need an extra lift to account for the weight of your belly? Maybe go for a wedge. "To optimize your sleep with a pregnancy pillow, try different positions and configurations to find the most comfortable one. Use the pillow to support your growing belly, align your hips, and provide extra support to your back if needed," advises Dr. Harris. If sleeping in general is tough for you, after you pick your favorite pillow, look into some other ways to help you get some shut eye. "Combine [the pregnancy pillow's] use with relaxation techniques to enhance your sleep," Dr. Harris says.

Do Pregnancy Pillows Really Help?

Most moms-to-be will tell you that getting a decent night’s sleep while pregnant is no easy feat, but some extra support can be very helpful.

That’s because doctors advise pregnant women to sleep on their side during the later stages of pregnancy. And if you’re used to sleeping on your back or stomach, then a strategically placed pillow can help you stay on your side (although after a certain point, you’ll likely find your old go-to positions are too uncomfortable anyway). A pillow can also provide extra support for your hips, knees and ankles—areas that can feel strained during pregnancy both from extra weight as well as hormone changes.

But there’s no need to purchase a special pregnancy pillow if you don’t want to. In fact, one of our recs is a regular pillow that you can wedge between your knees or under your belly. The main perk of a pregnancy pillow is that it’s ultra convenient since it can simultaneously support different areas of the body, so you won’t have to rearrange multiple pillows throughout the night.

What Is Better: a C- Or U-Shape Pregnancy Pillow?

Like a lot of advice here, this is truly preferential. Each design is made to offer support differently, so a U-shaped pillow may not be your best friend's favorite, while you swear by it. "U-shaped pillows provide support for the whole body and are great for side sleepers who want complete support," mentions Dr. Harris. C-shaped pillows don't have the full body support like U ones, so if you find yourself wanting more belly support, a C-shaped one may be a great fit. "C-shaped pillows offer support for the back and belly and can be used in different positions," says Dr. Harris.

When Should You Start Sleeping With A Pregnancy Pillow?

According to Dr. Harris, the second trimester typically marks the start of when you should start using a pregnancy pillow. "The ideal time to start using a pregnancy pillow varies from person to person, but it's generally recommended to begin using one during the second trimester. This is because, as your pregnancy progresses, your belly grows larger and can cause discomfort and difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position. By using a pregnancy pillow earlier, you can proactively support your body and alleviate these discomforts," she says. But you can absolutely start using a pregnancy pillow before then if you like, and some moms even continue to use their pillow post-pregnancy to ease back pain and help get a better night’s slumber. "Ultimately, listen to your body and start using the pillow whenever you feel the need for additional support and comfort," says Dr. Harris.

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