You Need to Know How to Use a Body Pillow | Only for Couple

Whenever I think of pregnancy I get mixed reactions. This is because in as much as I'm excited about the miracle of pregnancy and the ability to give life, I still can't quite get over the fact that my body went through a really challenging ordeal. Also wish could say that my tummy didn't grow as big but then I'd be lying. I was huge, and no I wasn't pregnant with twins.

I needed a manual on how to use a body pillow and experienced back aches, neck aches, headaches, swollen feet, nausea and the list goes on and on. If you’re like me then you probably have an arsenal of items that help ease your pregnancy. One of these items for me, which I feel is a complete miracle worker, is a full body pregnancy pillow. As mentioned earlier, I needed a manual as I had no clue how to choose one, let alone use one.

The best way

to describe this pillow is to say a pillow that is meant to accommodate your body as your pregnancy continues to advance. Pregnant women can attest to the fact that having a growing belly presents its own set of challenges. One of them is that you will find it harder to sleep because of the amount of pressure that your tummy is putting on your body.

What would you give right now to have a product that would help give you a peaceful night's rest and allow you to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed? Not only this but your partner will appreciate the fact that you will not have to use him or her as a body pillow.

During my first pregnancy, I didn't find out about pregnancy pillows until I was in my third trimester. So yes, I went through months of sleepless nights, not knowing that there was a simple solution down the road from me in our neighborhood department store. My sleepless nights are what have prompted me to write about these miracle pillows and hopefully by the end of it, I would have helped you make the choice to purchase one for yourself. I have been compelled to write on how to use a body pillow for any expecting mothers out there to gain some insight.

​Advantages of pregnancy pillows

It is still an advantage in itself that these pillows come in different shapes and sizes. If I still haven't been able to convince you on why you need pregnancy pillows, below are a few advantages that may help sway your mind:

1. Improve body aches

If you are the kind of woman who suffers from constant body aches as a result of your pregnancy then you'll find great relief from using a pregnancy pillow. This is because these pillows are manufactured in such a way that they provide comfort to your body as you sleep. Some of them are able to contour and mold themselves to your body, ensuring that even as you turn in your sleep or change positions, the pillow will continue providing comfort.

​2. Enhance your blood circulation

​As your belly grows, the pressure it exerts on your body grows too. In most cases it causes swelling of the limbs as there is poor circulation. Having a pillow that can mold itself to your body means helps ease the pressure on your limbs.

​3. You have a wide selection to choose from

There are different shapes, sizes and fillings that are used to make these pillows. You are guaranteed to find one that suits your preferences. I made the mistake of buying the first total body pillow I came across. Educate yourself on the types available and purchase the one best suited for your needs.

​4. Improve your quality of sleep

It is not easy carrying around a tiny human in your belly, and it will take a toll on your body. Perhaps you can already feel it. Sleep is an important aspect of both yours and your child’s development. Lack of sleep can make a non-pregnant woman grumpy and irritable, so think about what it could do to you? Your hormones are wreaking havoc on your body, there’s a growing pressure, and you have to make frequent trips to the bathroom. All of this is bound to make you tired. Without a comfortable pillow, peaceful sleep can be elusive, leaving you frustrated in its wake. A pregnancy pillow is designed to reduce the pressure and add comfort thus helping you achieve better sleep.

​5. Ease anxiety

remember being unable to fall asleep at night, which often gave me time to worry. I kept worrying that my lack of sleep will affect me, which in turn led to my lack of sleep. Once I got my pillow, I became calm by knowing that it was shielding my belly and body from any undue pressure. Once the anxiety left, I found my restless nights becoming fewer and far between.

​6. Can be used post pregnancy

Even after you give birth, did you know that you can continue using your full body pillow? There is no need for you to store it somewhere far up until the next time you fall pregnant again. These pillows can be used to provide support for your baby as your breastfeed him/her. You can also use it as a barrier to prevent your baby from rolling over and falling off the bed.

​7. Lowers heart rate

Did you know that hugs and cuddles have a calming effect on you?  Didn’t you feel amazing afterwards? A body support pillow can mimic that. The full length ones run down the length of your body, and you can place them between your legs, straddle them and hug them. The effect of hugging the pillow will calm you almost immediately, and help lower your blood rate.

​8. Relax your muscles

Because of the aches and pains that accompany a pregnancy, you may find yourself sleeping awkwardly as you try to accommodate your body. This often leaves you feel very stiff and sore in the morning. When sleeping with a pillow, you can relax your muscles, which in turn helps you sleep better and wake up with pain-free.

​9. Stay free from allergies

Pregnancies can give you allergies that you never had. If you suddenly find yourself averse to all the pillows in your house, you can switch to using a hypo-allergic body pillow. These are pillows that are designed to keep you allergy-free in addition to providing comfort as you sleep.

​10. Kiss snoring goodbye

Did you know that a body support pillow could help you kick your snoring habits to the curb? While pregnant, especially during the second and third trimesters, the temptation to lie on your back is very high. After all, it is the most comfortable position to sleep in. However, this position also makes it easy for you to snow. If you have never developed the habit, you don’t want to start now, trust me. There’s nothing as shocking as your partner waking you up in the middle of the night to tell you that you are snoring. especially if you know you’ve never snored before in your life. With a pillow, you can comfortably sleep on your side, without worrying about the temptation to roll over and lie on your back.

​11. Light and portable

Although not all pillows are light enough to be carried around, most of them are, especially the ones made with micro bead fillings and wool. So if you need to travel urgently, you don’t need to worry because you can carry along your pillow.

​How to Use a Body Pillow

  • A pregnancy pillow of your choice
  • Comfortable bed
  • Supportive partner

Step By Step Instructions

These are instructions on how to use a body pillow and are meant to help couples work together to help both of them achieve optimum sleep. while ensuring that both mother and baby are comfortable. Most of these steps can be done either or the two.

1. Step 1 Choose the right design

My first experience with a pregnancy pillow involved me purchasing the wrong design. This is no one size fits all situation; hence the reason for the numerous designs on the market. You can choose from wedge shaped pillows to full body pillows. It depends on your body’s needs. Then you will also need to choose from the different sizes available. Are you of average height and need a standard fit? Or are you on the taller or petite side? Whichever size you are, manufacturers make designs to suit you.

You will also need to consider the size of your bed. There is no need to purchase a large pillow only to have half of it hanging over the size of your bed. Know your bed’s measurements beforehand and keep this in mind as you shop.

Choose between a hard and soft pillow. Your first instinct would be to go for the softer kind, but that would only be making the situation worse and not better. Your body is experiencing aches and pains and is under pressure. So you need a pillow that can actually handle your weight without caving in. At first the pillow may seem foreign because of its firm body. but you will become accustomed to it, and will appreciate it even more when you realize your sleep has improved and your pains have reduced.

Consider the ease of washing too. You want to pick out a pillow that comes with a removable cover because you don’t want your sweat and body odor to stick to the pillow. In fact, it is advised that you purchase two pillow covers so that one can be used as the other is in the wash.

2. Step 2 Choose between shopping physically and online

Each has its pros and cons, and luckily for you, you have your partner with you to help. If you both decide shopping online would be the best thing to do then ensure that you shop from reputable online stores. The last thing you want is to order an organic and hypo-allergenic pillow only for it to arrive and you find it is made from synthetic materials that you are allergic to.

Also, shopping online may rob you of the experience of testing out the product before purchasing. Remember what I told you about my mistake of purchasing the first pillow I came across?

Have your partner drive you to the nearest store, and once there, ask the shop attendant if it’s possible for you to test out the different pillows before you make your purchase. The attendant will most likely be too eager to make a sale and won’t mind at all. Have your partner bring you all the different shapes and sizes and test them. If you want, you can even pick two.

​3. Step 3 Follow the instructions carefully

Not all pillows come with an instruction manual on how to use a body pillow, but if yours does, then it shouldn’t be a complicated affair. Most of the directions are illustrations on how it should be used, and how to clean and maintain it.

4. Step 4 Test it

If you are in the last trimester of your pregnancy, you might need your partner’s help. Lie on your side, and have him or her place the pillow adjacent to your body. Your partner will have to wiggle the pillow a little bit to make sure it gives a snug fit. Straddle the pillow with your legs. Again, your partner may need to help you wedge the pillow between your legs. If you purchased a “C” or “U” shaped pillow, make sure your head and neck are properly supported by the pillow. Your belly should lie on top of the pillow and not underneath it. Also, make sure your back is properly aligned with the back of the pillow. It is important that your spine retains its natural curve. A poorly aligned back is what leads to back complications.

​5. Step 5 Wash the cover every couple of days

​Because you are likely sweating more now than when you were not pregnant, it is important that you practice good hygiene. This includes removing your pillow cover and washing it on a regular basis. As mentioned earlier, it is always a good idea to have two of these covers in case something happens to the other one or it is in the wash.

​Pro Tips

​This is what professionals have to say about using pregnancy pillows:
  • Shop only from reputable sources online. Unless you are visiting a store physically, you want to be very careful from which site you shop for your pillow from. Some online stores are notorious for advertising the wrong size and color.
  • Visit a store physically and ask an attendant whether or not it would be okay for you to actually sample different pillows on their bed, just to see which one would suit you best. You wouldn’t want to make the same mistake that I did when I purchased the wrong pillow.
  • Ask for recommendations from friends or family. Chances are that one of them has used a maternity pillow before and can give you advice on the best brands to choose from.
  • Check sites such as Amazon for reviews of the best brands of pregnancy pillows for back pain.
  • Have a spare pillow. Pregnancy has its ups and downs and you may accidentally throw up or sweat all over your pillow. You do not want to spend sleepless nights nursing an aching back and a growing belly, as you wait for your pillow to dry. Having a spare can also come in handy in case you forget your other one somewhere.
  • If you order your pillow online and it takes a couple of days before it’s delivered to you, then you can fashion your own makeshift pregnancy pillow. When going to bed, arrange some pillows around you. As you lay to sleep, make sure you have one supporting your head and neck, one beneath your tummy, one between your legs, and one behind you for your back. Your partner can ensure that you arrange them properly and are comfortable. There’s no need for you to suffer more sleepless nights before your pillow arrives.
Conclusion

If you’re anything like me then you may end up rushing to the nearest department store to shop for a pillow. If not, it’s still okay. I believe you now have the information you need to make an informed choice even when you choose to purchase the pillow later on.

If you have liked this article, purchased a pregnancy pillow and used it, I would love to hear about your experience. Leave a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you. Please spread the word! There are countless other women who are suffering and don’t need to. Share this article on the various social media sites below. If you have any questions you can email me or place them in the comments and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.​

Kristin William
 

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