As you may know if you’ve read some of my recent posts, I am currently expecting our second child. I’ve found this pregnancy quite uncomfortable and, at the risk of sounding like an old lady, I was needing extra pillows to support my hips and knees from fairly early on! When I was pregnant with T, I didn’t need them so early, but by the final stages of the pregnancy I was using pretty much all the pillows we owned to get comfortable, including my husband’s (a small price to pay for a happy wife, don’t you think?)! So when Theraline offered me the opportunity to review their Maternity and Nursing pillow, I jumped at the chance!
I’ve been using the pillow since it arrived at the beginning of February, and now I’m not sure I could do without it! It is nice and long, which means it gives me support in all the places I need it – between my knees, around the baby bump, under my head and it even reaches a little way down my back to give me some support there too! At the moment, I’m not needing to use any other pillows, even under my head.
The pillow has a really mouldable filling, somewhat like a beanbag but a bit more stable. This means it’s easy to squish around to wherever I need it! The pillow promotes side-sleeping, which is best for both mother and baby, as it enables maximum blood flow to the placenta and improves kidney function.
The pillow is not just great for sleeping, of course. I have also used it to support my back and hips when sitting on the sofa. It’s made many evenings so much more comfortable, and I can see it’s going to be really useful when I have a little one to feed as well. I suspect (once I’m using it less frequently) it will also become a family favourite! When I was young my mum had a V-shaped pillow which we referred to as ‘The Pink Pillow’ – it came out anytime someone was unwell and needed a bit of extra comfort. This pillow is so comfortable, I’m sure it’ll end up serving the same purpose!
Of course, no pillow is perfect, and this brings me to the few downsides of the pillow. The first is cost – at £44.95 they’re something of an investment. I thought about buying something similar when T was on the way but honestly just didn’t have the cash to spare. However, if you can spare the money, I’d say it was a worthwhile spend, particularly if you plan to have more children later on.
The pillow also takes a little getting used to. The first few nights I used it, I found I was waking with a stiff neck. However it didn’t take long to figure out the most comfortable position, and now I sleep really well with it (apart from the night time trips to the loo and the crazy pregnancy dreams; make a pillow that sorts those things out and you’ll really be on to a winner!).
Finally, I’m told (by my husband) that the pillow takes up too much room. But to be honest, I’m not sure what he’s complaining about – I find I have plenty of space, and he’s never actually fallen out of the bed, so he can’t be struggling that much, can he? And at least he gets to keep his pillows this time.
Theraline offer a broad choice of easy-to-wash covers, and the pillow comes in a handy carry case which will be great for travel and storage. You can order yours here.
Disclaimer: I was sent this pillow for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are my own.