Pregnancy
According to Moms, these are the best pregnancy pillows for side sleepers
Here are the best pregnancy pillows for side sleepers.
Jenny Brown
09.29.22

Final Winner: 1 out of 7 (See Below for In Depth Review and Process)



9.5/10
15 votes

A+
Overall Grade

Support & Comfort
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10/10

Suitability for Side Sleepers
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10/10

Additional features
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10/10

Return policy / warranty
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9/10

Value
`
9/10

PROS
Provides the best support
Gentle soft and antimicrobial cover that’s great for sensitive skin
100% adjustable

CONS
X
Only available online

The Bottom Line

The CoCozy Adjustable Pregnancy Pillow is hands down the best pregnancy pillow for side sleepers on the market – the crème de la crème. We love that we can adjust the firmness (with the included additional memory foam). In addition, there is a detachable extension that can (1) alter the shape of the pillow to suit different sleep positions and (2) be used as its own pillow (so it’s really two pillows in one)!

Our favorite part of this pillow though has to be the luxurious bamboo cover that’s infused with silver – it’s soft, cool, and antimicrobial, so it’s great for your skin. The silver infused cover also requires less washing, so it’s less of a hassle to take care of.

Another way that CoCozy differentiated itself was the fill — while all other pillows I tested were filled with a cheap polyfill (that didn’t really provide much support and instead fell flat), CoCozy is filled with a cubed CERTI-PUR certified memory foam fill that actually supported me entire body, from head to toe.

In Depth Review And Process

If you’re reading this article and you’re pregnant, then congratulations! Pregnancy is a magical, yet surreal time when the body changes in ways we couldn’t even imagine. From morning sickness to back pain, it’s not always going to be the easiest ride. But there are some things you can do to make things just that little bit easier for you, and as a pregnant woman, we’re sure you’re always searching for ways to be more comfortable.

This is where pregnancy pillows can help. A pregnancy pillow is designed to accommodate the contours of your body and provide support where it’s needed most. If you find nights the most difficult in terms of aches and pains, then a pregnancy pillow should help you to feel more comfortable and get better sleep.

The most common types of pregnancy pillow are C- and U- shaped that support your entire body, and with so many choices out there, it can feel overwhelming when trying to make a decision. Pregnancy pillows come in all different sizes, materials, firmness levels and prices, so it’s really about finding an option that works for you. We’ve put together a list of the best that are on sale at this very minute.

  • Support
  • Comfort
  • Additional features
  • Return policy / warranty
  • Value

Overall, the best pregnancy pillow I tested by far was the CoCozy Adjustable Pregnancy Pillow. It was just by far the best one (but more on that, later!).

What shape is best?

Based on our testing, we found that the U Shaped pregnancy pillows are by far the best for pregnancy. They provide the best full body support and are incredibly comfortable as well.

The extended “legs” of the pillow are great because they allow you to wrap your leg completely around them — this is much harder to do with the C-Shaped pillow. Also, these pillows are easier to switch sides with — so if you ever roll over from side to side, this pillow is way better than the C-Shaped pillow, which requires you to flip the entire pillow over to switch the side you are sleeping on.

There are other variations of pillows available as well. The wedge shaped pillows can be helpful as well, but the primary issue we have with them is that they do not provide full body support.

Is It Worth It To Consider Pregnancy Pillows Under $50?

I personally do not think it is best to consider the options under $50. These options are usually made of cheaper materials that can irritate your skin (or worse, even your baby!). These options also usually have weak, lower quality fill that doesn’t provide adequate support. You definitely want this band to last for enough time — so make sure that you invest in a good quality one (and a good quality one doesn’t have to break the bank!).

You can also use a higher quality pillow for multiple pregnancies (and for after pregnancy!), whereas a lower quality one might break sooner.

We reviewed a pregnancy pillow option that is below $50 for your reference below.



9.5/10
15 votes

A+
Overall Grade

Support & Comfort
`
10/10

Suitability for Side Sleepers
`
10/10

Additional features
`
10/10

Return policy / warranty
`
9/10

Value
`
9/10

PROS
Provides the best support
Gentle soft and antimicrobial cover that’s great for sensitive skin
100% adjustable

CONS
X
Only available online

The Bottom Line

The CoCozy Adjustable Pregnancy Pillow is hands down the best pregnancy pillow on the market – the crème de la crème. We love that we can adjust the firmness (with the included additional memory foam). In addition, there is a detachable extension that can (1) alter the shape of the pillow to suit different sleep positions and (2) be used as its own pillow (so it’s really two pillows in one)!

Our favorite part of this pillow though has to be the luxurious bamboo cover that’s infused with silver – it’s soft, cool, and antimicrobial, so it’s great for your skin. The silver infused cover also requires less washing, so it’s less of a hassle to take care of.

This pillow can adapt to you and your baby, and has all of the features to ensure that you get the best experience, comfort, and support from your pregnancy pillow. We love this pillow so much that we’d probably use it often even after the baby is born! (for both men and women!).

This pillow adjusts to you and your baby, and the cooling bamboo cover felt like a dream on our skin. If you want to experience an incredible pillow that will support you and your baby during your pregnancy (and beyond), look no further.

Weight: 5 pounds

Dimensions: 55 x 27 x 6 inches

Another way that CoCozy differentiated itself was the fill — while all other pillows I tested were filled with a cheap polyfill (that didn’t really provide much support and instead fell flat), CoCozy is filled with a cubed CERTI-PUR certified memory foam fill that actually supported me entire body, from head to toe.




8.4/10
5 votes

B
Overall Grade

Support & Comfort
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8/10

Suitability for Side Sleepers
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9/10

Additional features
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8/10

Return policy / warranty
`
9/10

Value
`
8/10

PROS
Reversible cover
Full body support

CONS
X
Polyester filling goes flat and doesn’t provide best support
X
Leg isn’t detachable
X
Despite being cooling it sleeps quite hot

The Bottom Line

The Body Nest U-Shaped pregnancy pillow is another solid option. When we tested it, we did enjoy the full body support that it provides. It also allows for you to easily roll from side to side without having to flip the pillow over, which is a nice feature.

The pillow is adjustable as well, although we rarely think you’d remove fill from this pillow. Unfortunately, the polyester fill doesn’t provide the best support, and tends to go flat pretty easily.

The biggest selling point of this pillow is the reversible cover — but we have to say this wasn’t a huge plus for us. We didn’t notice a huge difference in the feeling of the two sides, and honestly both sides felt pretty warm to us. And it looks like others had a similar experience:

As a result, our overall impression is that this is a solid option, but definitely not the best.




7.0/10
4 votes

C-
Overall Grade

Support & Comfort
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8/10

Suitability for Side Sleepers
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8/10

Additional Features
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6/10

Return policy / warranty
`
9/10

Value
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5/10

PROS
Provides full body support
Cover is soft and luxurious

CONS
X
Very expensive
X
Has strong off gassing smell

The Bottom Line

This pillow is a luxurious option (but you definitely pay for it). It definitely provides full body support and we did really like the cover on it. It is soft and does not irritate sensitive skin. I loved sleeping and lounging with with this pillow throughout the day. The pillow does wrap around your body and (depending on the fill you get), provides adequate support and comfort throughout the nice. The cover is double sided and machine washable which is nice.

I didn’t really like that the pillow isn’t adjustable – you can’t really remove fill easily so if the fill doesn’t suit you or your body type, you are kind of stuck. Add to that the insane price tag ($200!) and it’s hard to stomach buying this pillow, especially when there are other options that offer all of the benefits (and more) without the same hefty price tag.




7.6/10
4 votes

C
Overall Grade

Support & Comfort

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8/10

Suitability for Side Sleepers
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8/10

Ease of Use
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6/10

Return policy / warranty
`
8/10

Value
`
7/10

PROS
Relieves pressure
Provides some back support

CONS
X
Only works when sleeping on one side
X
Doesn’t provide full body (or back) support
X
Isn’t adjustable
X
Cover isn’t the softest

The Bottom Line

Side sleepers rejoice! If you’re looking for a minimally intrusive pillow that supports your bump and back at the same time, then this pillow is perfect for you. The two memory foam wedges will help you stay on your side while sleeping, providing the soft yet firm support for both of your baby bump and back.

I did like how I can adjust the width between the wedges, but you can’t adjust the firmness of the wedges. For some, it keeps you from rolling onto your back (but not all). For sleepers who like to roll from side to side, this pillow probably isn’t the best option because it prevents you from doing that.

However, the pillow doesn’t provide full body support. In fact, some customers report that the pillow doesn’t provide enough back (or belly) support.

I think this pillow is a decent option for those looking a very specific type of sleeper — someone who only sleeps on one side and doesn’t require full support around their back, full tummy, and legs. However, I do think other options get you all of these benefits and more (and can be used after pregnancy).

Things to watch out for:

  • Some mothers report getting cut by the velcro
  • Others complained that the pillow was a bit too small to support your back

Weight: 700g

Dimensions: 33 x 27.9 x 8.9 centimetres




7.6/10
5 votes

C
Overall Grade

Support & Comfort
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7/10

Suitability for Side Sleepers
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7/10

Ease of Use
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7/10

Return policy / warranty
`
8/10

Value
`
7/10

PROS
Decent overall support
Easy to get into
Not super expensive

CONS
X
Not very stuffed
X
Hard to flip from side to side
X
Cover is kind of rough

The Bottom Line

This pregnancy pillow is another decent option — it is a popular C shaped option on Amazon. It’s a decent option, but the only real selling point in our opinion is the relatively low price (although for that price you also get some limitations).

The polyfill does not provide that much support, especially when you account for the fact that a lot of customers even complain that it isn’t stuffed enough.

We also found that after sleeping on it for long enough, the pillow tends to get a bit hot. Finally, the polyester cover is a bit rough/scratchy and can irritate sensitive skin.

If you’re looking for a budget option, this could be a good pick, but honestly if you want something that will provide the best support, feel great against your skin, and is overall is very comfortable, this pillow probably isn’t the best option.




7.8/10
4 votes

C
Overall Grade

Support & Comfort
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7/10

Suitability for Side Sleepers
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7/10

Additional features
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7/10

Return policy / warranty
`
7/10

Value
`
8/10

PROS
Relatively inexpensive

CONS
X
Microfiber fill isn’t that supportive
X
Tends to overheat
X
Not really adjustable

The Bottom Line

This budget option provides the bare bones of what most pregnancy pillows do, however, there are definitely some gaps in the overall experience with this pregnancy pillow.

For the pros, this pillow is relatively inexpensive and is easy to get on Amazon. It’s a decent option that can provide some support for you when you sleep.

However, unfortunately, that’s about where the pros end. The microfiber fill isn’t that supportive (compared to other materials like memory foam). In addition, it is difficult to adjust (not that you would want to remove fill – if anything, I felt like I wanted to add more fill). In addition, the cover is kind of rough against sensitive skin and I felt irritated.

As a result, I can’t rank this pregnancy pillow very high. There are other options that provide a significantly better overall experience.

By Jenny Brown
hi@sbly.com
Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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