Getting the proper amount of sleep required for a healthy mind and body is especially important when you are taking care of two. But this sleep may become more and more fleeting the further your pregnancy progresses. A growing baby creates many changes to your body, and one of the most common struggles you may have is getting an uninterrupted sleep due to discomfort.
Support for your sore back and hips, as well as proper spinal alignment, can be achieved, but often you need to prop your body up with multiple pillows to get comfortable. Many pregnancy pillows are created in shapes to help replace the many pillows you may be taking advantage of each night. The Sleep Judge Team has purchased a variety of top rated pillows to better determine which may provide you with the best support.
The PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow is a favored pillow amongst reviews, so we decided to have a go with it ourselves. Our Team results are found below, as are our detailed opinions surrounding its comfort and the features it offers.
PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow Specs
Filling: Poly Fiber
Shape: C- Shaped
Breakdown of the PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow
The PharMeDoc Brand specializes in orthopedic bed pillow support, and also overall wellness and fitness aides. Their mission is to educate and provide information surrounding proper spinal positioning and your health. It offers product choices that can help you achieve better goals for body alignment.
Created with overall comfort in mind, the PharMeDoc Pregnancy pillow c-shape is supportive for all stages of pregnancy. Furthermore, it was created with back, hip, and neck pain in mind, and also serves as an excellent support for anyone else looking for better cervical alignment through the night. Like most full body pillow designs, it also is suggested for injury and surgery recovery.
Fibromyalgia and sciatica sufferers may also find this pillow a good choice as it easily replaces multiple pillows often used to reduce joint pain and ease pressure points.
- Cool jersey knit cover
- Alleviates back and hip pain
- Good loft for head and neck support
- May be a bit short for taller people
- Zipper issues may occur
- Seam quality and strength issues may occur
For our various trials, we used a detailed survey to gauge the needs of our sleepers, as well as comfort level. The stages of each pregnancy, as well as specific problems and wants, were addressed within each survey.
Trial 1: Third Trimester
Our first trial sleeper has been struggling to find comfortable night time positions since her second trimester. At eight months, and 5’10, she was having difficulty supporting her body frame comfortably as she felt the weight of her belly was causing long ligament pains. She also had issues with her hips due to struggling to keep her hips aligned through the night.
She felt the pillow was a bit long for her overall height and weight to use as suggested, and flipped it around to sleep with the long side to her front for better belly support. The ‘legs’ of the c were better used this way as well as she could use the bottom one easily between her knees to help her keep her hips better aligned. She did find this to be comforting but wished the pillow had a higher loft overall for her body type.
After sleeping with multiple full body pillows, she did feel this pillow was much cooler to sleep with as she is a self-proclaimed hot sleeper. Since she often notices heat sinks, she already was expecting this pillow to also sleep warm due to how it wrapped around parts of her body. She was happy to report this wasn’t the case with this pillow.
Trial 2: Second Trimester
At 16 weeks pregnant, our second trial sleeper was only just becoming uncomfortable at night and hadn’t been losing too much sleep as of yet. As a stomach sleeper, she had been using pillows to sort of drape herself over but was finding that arranging what was comfortable each night was starting to become a pain. Plus the pillows shifted too easily. Her goals were to find a pillow that supported her whole body that she could relax into to help her transition from what was normally comfortable to a more supportive position that could help her sleep with an expanding belly.
She was excited for this pillow for the same reasons I like it (as explained below). The slightly lower loft was ideal for her stomach sleeping tendencies and kept her neck in alignment through the night. Her preferred use was to sleep with the long side along her back with the legs curled up to the front where she could lean forward, and still have her belly supported.
She also liked how flexible and easy to shape the pillow was, and that it didn’t seem stiff in any way. The jersey knit cover was also a huge perk to her as smooth casings have never been her first choice for pillows. The pillow placed between her legs was also the perfect height and helped keep pressure points from forming without causing discomfort to her hips.
Using it to lounge within was also a perk, although she felt it need a bit more loft for this to be entirely effective if using it to sit more upright. However, she looked forward to using it to lean back into while used in a folded position later in her pregnancy, as she anticipated heartburn issues like she had had with her first child.
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