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This pillow saved my back during pregnancy

It may take up half your bed, but it's worth it!
Leachco Back 'N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, Ivory
This pillow is as cozy as it gets.Amazon
/ Source: TODAY

Pregnancy comes with many joys — and for most women, many ailments.

During both of my pregnancies, my back, stomach and hips constantly ached. I couldn’t get comfortable while sitting, standing, or laying down.

Then, during the second and third trimesters of my first pregnancy, I finally got a little relief ... in an extra large package. My husband bought the Leachco Back ‘N Belly contoured body pillow for me as a gift.

Nestling inside of it was the closest thing to comfortable I ever experienced once my belly grew.

Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, $65 (usually $80), Amazon

Also available for $100 at Nordstrom.

Here's why I love this pillow

While my “U” shaped pillow was probably one of the largest on the market, I liked that I was able to turn from one side to the next without re-positioning the pillow.

It offered plenty of support for my belly and my back, as well as a contoured shape that fit my newfound curves. I even came to rely on it when I watched TV in a seated position.

The only downside? Its huge size means you won’t be cuddling with your partner any time soon. But, I was willing to trade that (and almost anything else!) for a little back pain relief.

What other pregnancy pillows are there?

As I learned from friends while gushing over the benefits my Leachco, there are plenty of pregnancy pillowsout there that lend support to more than just your neck. Some people choose a traditional “I” shaped body pillow because of its smaller footprint, while lots of pregnant women prefer a “C” shape that fits snuggly around your front and back.

Below are some of the top-rated options available today. Pick your pillow shape and prepare for a new world of comfort — I just may keep mine around even after baby arrives!

C-Shaped PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow with Soft Jersey Cover, $43, Amazon

Also on sale for $40 at Walmart and for $65 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Wamsutta Quilted Body Pillow, $20, Bed, Bath and Beyond

Also available for $33 at Amazon.

Leachco Mini Snoogle Chic Pregnancy Support Body Pillow, $44, Amazon

Also available in cute floral prints for $45 at Nordstrom.

Queen Rose Full Pregnancy Pillow, $55, Amazon

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This article was originally published on June 13, 2018 on