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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
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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 pillows out 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
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 TODAY.com.