How to Properly Use a Pregnancy Pillow

pregnancy pillowPregnancy comes with excitement and happiness, as well as pains and aches. Additionally, it can also come with a significant challenge of getting relaxed sleep at night. This is where pregnancy pillows come in.

Finding the Most Suitable Pregnancy Pillow

The first thing that you need to do is to find the best pregnancy pillow that can meet your needs. You need to understand that not all maternity pillows are the same. They come in different materials, design and quality. These pillows are also designed to provide solution to specific pregnancy woes.

Thus, it is important to determine first what causes your discomfort. Pregnancy pillows are designed primarily to help in alleviating pains in the back, neck, shoulders, belly, knees and ankles. These pains can be caused by uncomfortable sleeping positions, poor posture, improper way of lifting things or dietary imbalance.

Proper Use of Pregnancy Pillow

Once you found the right pregnancy pillow for you, it is important that you know how to properly use it. It would be a huge waste of time, money and effort if you are not going to use that special pillow as it was designed to be used.

Your maternity body pillow comes with the instructions and that’s a good way to start. If you bought it from a physical store, you can ask the sales person to demonstrate how to us it. If it was purchased online, you should see if the manufacturer has a website that shows video tutorial of how to use the pillow. But again, the instructions that come with the pillow should be enough. After all, how hard can it be to use a pillow, right?

Basically, all maternity pillows are specially designed for sleeping on the side. They should be hugged as you would hug your partner in bed, or as you would use a hotdog pillow. But, it may take a while before you can determine what the best way is to position your new maternity body pillow, so be patient and try using it at different angles.

The important thing to keep in mind is that you need the pillow to provide support for your body in order to eliminate or lessen the pains. Support for the spine is important so make sure that your head and neck are properly supported by the pillow so that your spine can remain straight.

Wedging the maternity body pillow under the belly is important as well. Gently lift the belly and place it over the pillow. Next, the pillow should also be placed between the legs. This is important because this position relieves the pressure on the joints and lessens swelling due to better circulation.

Lastly, do not forget your back; it should be properly supported as well. Some pillows have attachments for extra back support and this is an ideal choice if most of your complaints are connected to your back. The attachment discourages you to roll on your back or to your right side while sleeping, thus you get assurance of waking up in the morning with none of the usual pains and aches.

Guest Blog by Julia Jones, Expert Reviewer

Julia Jones is an expert reviewer of the best pregnancy pillows and latest maternity pillows She occasionally shares her opinion about the latest and the best maternity pillows on her website.

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