5 Best Pregnancy & Body Pillows UK – The 2021 Expert Buyer’s Guide

Last Updated on 2 Jan. 2020

Body pillows and pregnancy pillows are one of the greatest inventions, whether you’re pregnant or not they can provide great support for aching backs, sore joints, sore legs, and just sore anything by providing you with a comfortable bedtime companion.

When pregnant they’re a great way to get some comfortable sleep.

But which is best? What kind do you need?

I think the best body pillows are a single long tube filled to the brim with a nice soft filling that you can wrap yourself around. You can rest your pregnant belly on them and take some of the pressure of your back and cuddling it in is comforting leaving you able to fall asleep and stay asleep.

With that said check out my top body pillow recommendations below, the Kally Sleep is the Body Pillow I use and my go-to recommendation.

Top 5 Best Pregnancy and Body Pillows UK

1. Best Pregnancy Pillow – Kally Sleep Ergonomic Body Pillow

Kally Sleep body Pillow
  • Designed By Experts
  • Cotton Jersey Cover
  • 6 Colours
  • Supports back, neck and spine

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The Kally sleep is my top recommendation of pregnancy and body pillow, cleverly designed by experts to give you the best sleep with it’s gently curving shape.

The filling is completely hypoallergenic and the cover is extremely soft, the only problem is with this pillow in the bed you won’t want anyone else!

Very reasonably priced and the absolute best pregnancy pillow you can buy.

2. Best U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow – Queen Rose Full Body Pregnancy Support Pillow

Queen Rose U shaped Pregnancy Pillow
  • Great for sleeping and feeding
  • Comforting shape
  • Hypoallergenic

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The U-shape of this makes it extremely snuggly, lots to cuddle at the front and it nicely supports your back while you’re on your side.

What some people find however is that the U-bend under the neck can cause some neck pain in the morning as the pillow is quite plump, the solution? Turn it around! Use your normal pillow and have the U-bend between your feet.

This also comes with a 30-day refund or exchange policy for if you buy it and don’t like it. But if you like feeling cuddled in and well supported this is going to be the one for you.

3. Best V Shaped Pregnancy Pillow – John Lewis Specialist Synthetic V-Shaped Support Pillow

v-shaped-maternity-and-nursing-pillow
  • Cotton Cover
  • Machine Washable
  • Teflon Cover for hygiene
  • Ideal Feeding pillow

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For those that don’t want a huge pregnancy pillow that takes up too much space on an already crowded bed, consider this small “V” shaped one from John Lewis.

If you have a simple wedge-shaped one for your belly but find that your neck is sore when waking up in the morning, you could use some support. Rest your head in the crook part of the V and the sides can be adjusted to keep you from moving too much.

Not everybody needs a full-body oversized pillow.

Do you think it has a washable cover? Why, yes! It does! And the entire pillow is washable and small enough to fit into any sized machine.

An added benefit to this pillow is that it makes an ideal nursing pillow.

A superb V-shaped pillow for side sleeping.

4. Best Wedge-Shaped Maternity Pillow – Back & Bump Support Wedge Cushion With Quilted Cover

back-bump-support-wedge-cushion-with-quilted-cover
  • Compact size for travelling
  • 30 x 30 cm x 10 cm at deepest point
  • Available on Amazon
  • Made in England

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For a very comfortable wedge maternity pillow, I recommend this one.

The quilted cover gives a bit more cushion and comfort as well, as being removable and washable. Notice a trend here? Washable rates very highly in my book and you will see why when you are pregnant!

Getting a replacement cover for a wedge pillow is also very easy to do since the shape is common and not proprietary like many of the total body pillows. If you find that cover not as comfortable as you like, simply get another one.

The foam filling gives great support and is soft enough for your belly to rest comfortably upon it. It won’t compress and lose its effectiveness over time. This will stay firm long after the baby is born.

Use it to prop your feet up to reduce swelling of the ankles, under your pillow to raise your head, under your belly or wedge it under your back to keep from turning over.

5. Best Memory Foam Body pillow – Quiesta Memory Flake Full Body Pillow

quiesta-memory-flake-body-pillow
  • Comfortable Memory Foam
  • Can help back pain
  • Full Body Support
  • Extra Support
  • Supports tummy

PRICE & REVIEWS

Made from shredded memory foam and covered in bamboo fibre fabric this pillow is at the top of the list for comfort.

You get the softness of down and the comfort of memory foam, only without the overheating usually associated with memory foam since the foam is flaked. Air is allowed to circulate the foam, so you’re able to breathe and not end up in a pool of sweat. The pillowcase even has air vents to keep the air flowing.

The cover is made of bamboo will eliminate the risk of dust mites and is hypo-allergenic. And, yes, I know you are asking, you can wash the pillowcase!

You don’t just need support during your pregnancy, but comfort. I don’t mean comfort in a snuggly way. I mean it in the sense that you don’t want the price for your support to come with overheating or sneezing from allergies in your pillow.

The Quiesta pillow is a simple, no-frills maternity pillow that will keep you comfortable and well-rested.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PREGNANCY PILLOWS?

Pregnancy pillows come in all shapes and sizes. Finding the best pregnancy pillow for you depends on how you sleep, and your budget, as they can get expensive.

WEDGE SHAPED PREGNANCY PILLOW

The wedge-shaped pregnancy pillow is exactly what it sounds like. It is a pillow that is a wedge.

Advantages:

  • Doesn’t take much space
  • Not expensive
  • Multiple ways to use
  • Gives great support for back or belly

Disadvantages:

  • Only supports one section of the body
  • May need multiple pillows for other areas of your body

Used on its own it goes right under the belly and lifts it off of the bed keeping your back aligned better and your baby resting peacefully.

Used in conjunction with another pillow, it can be slid under your back, keeping your back in place and preventing you from rolling over too much during the night.

You can even use it under your pillow to keep yourself elevated a bit. Heartburn sufferers can get some relief by doing this.

They are usually the cheapest pregnancy pillow on the market. You have a lot of things that you will be spending money to prepare for the baby. This is an economical option for many women.

There might not be much enough space on your bed for a full body maternity pillow, so for many women, this is the only option.

What’s also nice is that after you have the baby you will still be getting some use out of this pillow even if only to prop your head up using it underneath your pillow.

FULL BODY SUPPORT PILLOW

These are also simply called body pillows as non-pregnant people also like to use them.

Advantages:

  • Not as expensive as some pregnancy pillows
  • Supports your legs as well as your belly
  • Feels good to hug it.
  • Good for side sleepers

Disadvantages:

  • Take up a lot of room in the bed
  • Don’t provide specific support to the back (indirectly support the back by keeping your body aligned)

Most women are looking for this type of pillow as they don’t want to have a bed full of different pillows for different parts of the body. The full-length pregnancy pillow may take up a lot of space, but at least it is self-contained and you only need one.

Another benefit is post-pregnancy you will still like to use it, as it does provide a good night’s sleep even after your belly has disappeared.

There are two types.

One looks like a regular pillow except really long. It’s great to get a good hug going with it, but it isn’t usually very flexible.

The other is a flexible one and can be moved around into different shapes. This is especially good as your body changes. What was comfortable yesterday may feel like torture today. It is nice having it cover different sleeping options.

How you sleep with the full-length pregnancy pillow is up to how you usually like to sleep.

You can simply use it to hug and keep your belly off of the bed. Or, you can copy the fetal position of your baby and have the pillow go between your legs.

Full BODY PREGNANCY PILLOWS

The total body pregnancy pillow is like the Cadillac of pregnancy pillows. With the price tag to match in most cases.

This maternity pillow is really big and it’s shape lends itself to whatever your sleeping style or body position is.

Advantages:

  • Offers the best all-around support
  • Allows for many different sleeping styles and body types
  • Can even have your head on it reducing the need for a head pillow

Disadvantages:

  • Takes up a lot of space in the bed
  • Most expensive type of pregnancy pillow

There are two types of total body pregnancy pillow.

One is shaped like a “C”.

The “C” shape wraps almost around your entire body. One end starts under your belly, goes down between your legs, up to your back and finally wraps underneath your head.

It offers total support for every part of your body. Wrapping it around you, it keeps your belly off of the bed, your legs apart to give comfort to your upper leg, your spine aligned and your head cosy. It also helps tremendously in keeping you from moving around too much.

If you sleep in a fetal position, you will find yourself comfortably and tightly wrapped up into a nice package.

C-shaped pillows are great for plus-sized women. They can wrap around the body without getting in the way and offer great support.

The other looks more like a horseshoe or “U” shape.

The “U” shape offers total support on both sides of your body. You start with your head on the closed side of the “U”.

One side goes along your front with your belly propped up over it. The bottom then can go between your legs if you like, or, not depending on your preference. The other side runs down along your back helping to keep you in place. The bottom of that side, again, can go between your legs if you like.

Neither one is better or worse for your sleep. It depends on how you like to sleep.

WHAT ARE MATERNITY PILLOWS FILLED WITH?

The least expensive pregnancy pillows are usually filled with styrofoam balls.

This filling will allow the pregnancy pillow to form to your body and can be very comfortable. The low cost comes with a price, though. They usually make a lot of noise when you move around.

Polyester filling is another inexpensive option for filling a pillow. It also allows the pillow to form to your body and sleeping position and doesn’t make any noise in the process. The potential negative is that they tend to make you sweat and it is not a natural material.

Microbeads are tiny balls, even tinier than the styrofoam balls. They are roughly the same size as fine-grain couscous. The microbead filled pregnancy body pillows are lightweight and make almost no sound. Since they are smaller than styrofoam beads, they also form much better to your body and offer greater support.

Memory foam is probably the best material to make comfortable pregnancy pillows. It takes the form of your body very precisely, but always bounces back to its original shape. Offering terrific support all the while. The negative aspect associated with anything made of memory foam is that they often lead to overheating. When you are pregnant, you often overheat without any help!

Buckwheat husks offer a natural alternative to the synthetic materials in most pregnancy pillows. When you are pregnant you are usually hyper-aware of any smell and have to stay away from synthetics as they almost always have a strong chemical smell. Buckwheat gives the same kind of support and flexibility as styrofoam filling. If you have allergies, you should look into natural fillings.

CAN PREGNANCY PILLOWS BE CLEANED?

Most maternity cushions are far too big to be put into a washer.

Some, however, have a cover that can be removed and washed making your life easier. Usually, the manufacturer of the ones you are interested in will sell a cover separately. It is worth the extra investment as you will likely be sweating much more than normal during this period.

Some of the standard full-length pillows described earlier have cases that will fit and can easily be washed.

If a cover is not available you will need to do some spot cleaning to keep it fresh.

FAQ ABOUT PREGNANCY PILLOWS

CAN PREGNANCY PILLOWS BE CLEANED?

Most maternity cushions are far too big to be put into a washer.

Some, however, have a cover that can be removed and washed making your life easier. Usually, the manufacturer of the ones you are interested in will sell a cover separately. It is worth the extra investment as you will likely be sweating much more than normal during this period.

Some of the standard full-length pillows described earlier have cases that will fit and can easily be washed.

If a cover is not available you will need to do some spot cleaning to keep it fresh.

Q: Can I just use multiple pillows instead of a pregnancy pillow.

A: Of course you can. Why would you want to? A regular pillow will not have the same support. Your pillows will end up all over the bed and that alone will probably keep you up at night. It’s worth the small investment to have a good pregnancy pillow that will offer support and a comfortable night’s sleep.

Without a pregnancy pillow expect to have:

Back and neck pain throughout the day

Sore hips and pelvic area

Swollen ankles

Possibility of sciatica

Many nights of running to the loo

Still, think you don’t need a pregnancy pillow?

Q: What is the difference between a body pillow and a pregnancy pillow?

A: A body pillow could easily substitute a pregnancy pillow as long as it offers support. Many pregnant women prefer the simple style and smaller profile of the body pillow compared to a maternity pillow. Some women prefer the customizability of a pregnancy pillow that you can’t get with a body pillow.

Q: What are the benefits of using a pregnancy pillow?

A: A pregnancy pillow provides support for the entire body. It alleviates the pain associated with a strained back, neck and legs. The ideal sleeping position when pregnant is the fetal position. A pregnancy pillow helps the pregnant woman to lie comfortably in that position. The legs stay apart easing the pressure on the hips as well as keeping them from getting too hot if they are one on top of the other. The belly is raised off of the bed relieving the pressure on the bladder.

Q: When should I start using the pregnancy pillow?

A: Anytime you are uncomfortable at night is a good time to start using it. You don’t even have to be pregnant to see the benefits of a pregnancy pillow. They offer back support and comfort. That can benefit anybody, not just pregnant women. That being said, by the time your belly is starting to show, you will probably begin having some aches and restless nights. You should probably have the pillow ready to go by that time.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON PREGNANCY PILLOWS

It’s no secret that many nights of sleep will be lost after the baby is born. Everybody knows that. It is what keeps some couples from even considering having a baby, to begin with!

What some people don’t expect is how much sleep is lost well before the baby is born.

Anything that can get you completely rested before the days of perpetual half-sleep is something that you should consider.

Being pregnant is difficult. Why make it harder on yourself by not getting a proper maternity pillow?

Did you find this guide useful? Know a pregnant woman complaining of no sleep and aches and pains? Share this article and help somebody get the rest they deserve!

As a final note, I have to admit pregnancy matters are not my area of usual area expertise. Luckily a friend of mine who is much more qualified agreed to help me write this, so a big thank you there!

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