Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve covered other maternity must-haves — like pregnancy-safe skin-care products, stretchy leggings, and non-hideous winter coats — here we’ve rounded up the best pregnancy pillows, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated pregnancy pillow
“I am now in my third trimester. I got this pillow in the beginning of my second trimester. I can’t rave enough about it,” writes one reviewer, and almost 6,000 others, in four- and five-star reviews, agree. “This design eased the pressure on my lower back and tailbone, as well as keeping me in a position that is ergonomically correct for the latter stages of pregnancy,” one says. A shopper reports his wife is “obsessed with this gargantuan pillow” that he bought for her during pregnancy. “She says it supports her back and is so comfortable that she can’t sleep without it now even though our son is a month old. I think the worst part is we moved across the country, and I was stuck lugging this massive pillow from hotel to hotel with my little 4-foot-11 wife running after me yelling that her goliath pillow was dragging on the ground.”
A reviewer who’s pregnant with her seventh child writes, “My poor body has obviously taken quite a beating. First night with this pillow, I literally passed out as though the angels came from the heavens and rocked me to sleep.” Multiple reviewers call this total body pillow a “lifesaver,” with one explaining, “I can comfortably sleep on my back, side, and even stomach (for now, before I get too big I’m sure) by rolling and bending this pillow in any way that I need.”
Best-rated (less expensive) pregnancy pillow
Lower profile than a full body pillow, this affordable little wedge gets lots of love from pregnant reviewers. One writes, “This pillow comes pretty close to the miracle you are looking for to make sleep bearable during pregnancy,” and another adds, “BLESS THIS PILLOW. It’s the only thing that gives me any sort of back and bump relief.” Besides its being “way more versatile than a large body pillow,” reviewers also like that it “takes less space in the bed so your partner can still have some space.”
Best C-shaped pregnancy pillow
“I love this pillow. My only regret is that I didn’t get it sooner,” writes one reviewer who also calls it a “godsend,” and says she “used it LITERALLY every night until the day I gave birth.” This large, C-shaped pillow has lots of other fans, including the reviewer who writes, “All of my pains have gone away,” and another who says, “It’s comfortable, the right amount of firm, and provides the support I need for my head, neck, and back to remain aligned while on my side.” Since you can sleep facing either side of the pillow, this reviewer says, “I love having the option to use the closed side or the open side depending on how I want to sleep,” and another loves that, thanks to the C-shape, “it’s comfortable to lie in facing either direction.”
Best U-shaped pregnancy pillow
Compared to a C-shaped pillow, reviewers like how this symmetrical U-shaped one allows for easily switching positions throughout the night. “With the U-shaped pillow, I can turn over and don’t have to worry about trying to flip the pillow with me,” writes one reviewer, and another adds, “It’s definitely a great investment when you’re pregnant and have difficulty staying [in] one place.” Others agree that it’s worth the money: “I have to say that this is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made regarding my pregnancy,” writes another mom-to-be. “This pillow is amazing! It gives support in all the right places and it’s nice not having to move a million pillows to get comfortable.”
Best pregnancy wedge pillow
A compact, wedge-style pillow, this one is another reviewer favorite for helping support growing pregnant bodies. “This beautiful little wedge might look like a simple pillow, but really it is the greatest creation known to man (and pregnant women),” writes one, and another says, “This little wedge was a game changer for me. I’ve been sleeping muuuuuch better.” Moms-to-be also like that this pillow is double-sided, offering both a firm and a soft option. This reviewer explains: “At the moment the softer side is perfect but I am likely to need to more solid side as I get bigger.”
Best side-sleeper pregnancy pillow
Designed to help pregnant women sleep on their side more comfortably, this little pillow has many satisfied customers. “Since purchasing this pillow a couple of weeks ago, I only turn over perhaps once during the night from one side to the other,” writes a reviewer, “and it keeps me from rolling onto my back.” Another says, “It keeps me from rolling onto my back in my sleep, but it gives nice support in the front without being too bulky,” and finally one pregnant reviewer calls it “way better for support and way more practical” than a body pillow.
Best contoured pregnancy pillow
This “Mercedes-Benz of body pillows” is beloved by reviewers because, as one writes, “it makes sleeping on my side so much easier, and natural. The pillow conforms right to your body, providing perfect support on both sides for back and belly.” Another reviewer says it’s “God’s greatest invention” for banishing pregnancy-related hip pain. “If you’re looking for a very full and comfy pregnancy pillow, this one is for you,” advises one reviewer, and others describe it as “plush and fluffy,” “squishy and soft,” or “very comfy [with] excellent belly support.”
Best oversize pregnancy pillow
For many pregnant women, this jumbo-size pillow eliminates the need to use multiple smaller pillows. “This thing is huge, it’s like three body pillows in one. It forms a cocoon around you,” writes one. “It’s a dream cloud. It’s magnificent,” says another. “It’s my most prized possession at the moment. My husband bought me this ridiculously large pillow a few months back and I have cuddled the crap out of it every single night.” And yet another pregnant reviewer says, “I don’t go anywhere overnight without it.”
Best pregnancy pillow with a machine-washable cover
“This pillow makes the end of pregnancy more bearable,” says one reviewer, and others feel similarly: “Not only has it made my pregnant belly way more comfortable, my neck stopped hurting, and I’m asleep way quicker than usual.” That same reviewer also likes that “I can roll over and don’t need to bring the pillow with me,” like she would with a C-shaped pillow. Overall, reviewers find it “very cushy and plush” and “thick so it won’t flatten, semi-firm, comfy and easy to maneuver.” Best of all, they love that it’s easy to clean: “Simply toss the pillow into the washing machine on a cold, delicate cycle.”
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