What is a Maternity Pillow? How Does It Benefit Pregnant Women?

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For a mother to be, carrying her little bundle of joy for nine-months is pure love but as much as motherhood is exciting it is challenging too. The entire phase of pregnancy demands meticulous care and diligence from the mother’s side to ensure her baby not only remains healthy and nourished internally but also protected from any physical harm externally.

It is therefore very important for the mom-to-be in an environment that is calm, easy and very comfortable both during day and night time specifically while sleeping. However, the normal mattresses are not crafted to give adequate comfort to a pregnant woman. This is where a maternity pillow also known as pregnancy pillow comes handy.

 What is a Maternity Pillow?

Literally the size of your body, a maternity or a pregnancy pillow is engineered to ease the discomfort of the ever-growing bump during pregnancy. Aiding support to the curves and contours, these pillows are crafted to deliver comfort to the entire body in various sleeping positions. When sleeping in normal position becomes highly challenging during the later stages of pregnancy, a maternity pillow easily cradles you off to sleep since it is capable to ease your body aches including back or hip pain.

Now that carrying a growing baby for nine-months takes its toll on more than just the midsection, these total body pillows are designed in various size and shapes.

Types of Pregnancy Pillows

The idea of a pregnancy pillow is to comfortably grip you in place and prevent you from turning and tossing while supporting your womb as well as your baby inside. Here we share the two most comfortable types of pillows used in pregnancy

C Shape Maternity Pillows

It is designed in a way that it looks exactly like the letter ‘C’ and is most suitable to those who prefer sleeping in a riding position. The pillow provides support to all the major areas of the body – the head, the back area, the stomach as well as the legs while easing the pressure on the spine area.

U Shape Maternity Pillows

It looks like the letter ‘U’ and is useful to ladies who like sleeping in a straddling position and/or for those who prefer sleeping on their back. The pillow provides support right from the head area to the toe region.

The Benefits of Using a Pregnancy Pillow

Designed for pregnant women to rest in the half-fetal position, the position that is highly recommended by gynecologists and surgeons. Here we share the many benefits of pregnancy pillows –

Easily Enhances the Blood Circulation

Gynecologists normally recommend moms-to-be to sleep sideways to easily promote the circulation of the blood. However, with the growing belly sleeping even in this position becomes uncomfortable. This is where pregnancy pillows help owing to its cushioning and extra softness. Besides, the pillow can be adjusted to suit your body parts including the back and the stomach area.

Offers Sound Sleep for a Longer Period of Time

Most of the pregnant women complain that they do not get sound sleep or cannot sleep for longer hours due to all sort of pains, aches and discomforts. With pregnancy pillows, one can sleep peacefully for longer period of time with no stress.

Prevents Pelvic and Lower Lumbar Pain

With the increase in body weight, the most common problem faced by pregnant women are pain and numbness in various body parts especially the pelvic and lower lumbar area. With difficulty in sleeping, the problem increases further. Maternity pillows help in preventing and easing such pains by proving ample comfort and support to the vulnerable body parts.

Useful Post Pregnancy During Breastfeeding

Maternity pillows come handy even during breastfeeding as it helps in positioning your baby in a way that he/she latches properly. The shape of the pillow makes it very convenient for you to breastfeed your baby without the usual discomfort.

When Can You Start Using Maternity Pillow?

You can use it as soon as you start feeling any discomfort during your sleep especially while changing positions. Mostly, pregnant women start using it around 20 weeks when the womb starts expanding and the body starts feeling pain due to the increase in weight.

Is Maternity Pillows Available in India?

Well, there are brands selling both C and U-shaped pregnancy pillows. One of the brands we are aware of is CareForMom. The brand is manufacturing and selling 100% cotton cover and zippered cover pregnancy pillows that are designed under the guidance of reputed gynecologists and physiotherapists by taking in account every minute detail to provide maximum comfort to pregnant women.

During our recent conversation with the proud owner of the brand Ms. Renu Thakral, we realized how these pregnancy pillows are revolutionizing in changing the world of the parents-to-be as they are capable of offering maximum relief to a mother’s physical pain while ensuring enough safety to the baby in the mother’s womb. No wonder, according to Market Research Future (MRFR), the global maternity pillow market is all set to grow with a 7% CAGR during 2017-2023 (the forecast period) as the demand to provide maximum comfort to pregnant mothers is rising.

Once a luxury, maternity pillows are now a very essential thing when it comes to the health of a pregnant lady. Good thing is, it is easily available even in India with variety of colors and designs to choose from. So, if you are pregnant or would want to gift somebody who you know is pregnant, you can contact CareForMom on their email id – lookscareformom@gmail.com or directly call/whatsapp them at +91 7770871110.

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