The Evolution of the Pregnancy Pillow
It’s no secret… pregnancy is one of the most, if not, the most difficult challenges of one’s life. Pregnancy takes many tolls on the body, one of which is lack of sleep. Ever since the beginning to time, finding a comfortable way to sleep whilst pregnant has proven to be extremely difficult for many expecting mothers.
As a woman goes through pregnancy, the body experiences many rapid changes that may prove to be extremely difficult to accommodate, especially when trying to obtain sleep. During pregnancy, the belly and uterus expand significantly. A pregnant woman will also experience weight gain and engorgement of the breasts. Body temperature increases and one will sweat more profusely.
All of the changes listed above may make it exceptionally difficult for a pregnant woman to sleep in a position that she’s grown accustomed to before pregnancy. Entering into the later stages of pregnancy, sleeping on the back is generally deemed unsafe by medical professionals. If one were to sleep on the back whilst in the later stages of her pregnancy, the weight of her uterus would cause the vena cava (a major blood vessel) to compress. This can result in disrupted blood flow to the baby and sensations of dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath for the mother.
Sleeping on the side has been the go-to sleeping position for most pregnant women. Though not nearly as dangerous, this position has also proven to be difficult for the pregnant woman. It’s especially difficult for those who aren’t already accustomed to side sleeping. Because of this, in recent years, a variety of pregnancy pillows have been introduced.
One popular type of pregnancy pillow is the wedge-shaped pregnancy pillow, better known as the pregnancy wedge. With the name being self-explanatory, this pregnancy pillow is wedge-shaped. To use a pregnancy wedge, a pregnant woman would lie on her side and wedge the device between the surface that she’s lying on and the side of her belly. The wedge would provide support to the woman’s stomach and help to alleviate some of the pressure that that weight would cause.
Another popular pregnancy pillow is the U-shaped pregnancy pillow. With a convex structure, similar to that of the letter “U”, the U-shaped pregnancy pillow comes in many varying forms, many times made to cradle the curvature and contour of a pregnant woman’s body, both front and back.
Yet, another type of popular pregnancy pillow is the “C” shaped pregnancy pillow. Similar to U-shaped pregnancy pillows, C-shaped pregnancy pillows also have a convex structure. The major difference between the two is that the C-shaped pregnancy pillow is less elongated and usually cradles either the front or back of the pregnant woman, as opposed to the U-Shaped pregnancy pillow, which cradles both.
Traditionally, sleeping on the stomach after the twentieth week of pregnancy was not advised. As of recent, however, a newer, more innovative type of pregnancy pillow that allows women to sleep safely on their stomach has entered the market. Known as the “Cozy Bump”, this particular pillow is an inflatable mattress with various features made to make comfortable sleep a breeze for the pregnant woman. These features include an adjustable belly rim, a wide headrest, a breast cutout, dual air chambers, and a slight decline throughout the length of the device. The “Cozy Bump Pregnancy Pillow” is also made from a non-toxic PVC material.
Unlike other pillows, the Cozy Bump Pregnancy Pillow provides support for the entire body. The Cozy Bump Pregnancy Pillow can also be easily deflated and stored when not in use. Not only can it be used as a stand-alone mattress for the pregnant woman, but it also can function as a massage table topper and a floatation device. All in all, the Cozy Bump Pregnancy Pillow proves to be the most innovative pregnancy pillow to date.