Maternity Pillows are a Necessary Luxury

Being pregnant is not easy. In fact, it's pretty tough. Every day for forty weeks, you have to carry on living your normal life while dealing with any number of uncomfortable symptoms, from nausea and heartburn to sore feet and emotional unpredictability. What makes all of this more difficult is that these symptoms do not simply go away when it is time to sleep

Being pregnant is not easy. In fact, it's pretty tough. Every day for forty weeks, you have to carry on living your normal life while dealing with any number of uncomfortable symptoms, from nausea and heartburn to sore feet and emotional unpredictability. What makes all of this more difficult is that these symptoms do not simply go away when it is time to sleep. In fact, the night often brings its own set of problems. I had four babies in five and a half years, so by the time my fourth pregnancy rolled around, I knew what was coming, and I was dreading it.

As my sleep got worse, I slowly gathered anything I could think of to help me sleep well: an extra comforter so I could more easily control my fluctuating temperature needs; nasal strips so I would snore less; a notebook and pen to keep next to my bed so I could write down things I was feeling anxious about; and an extra pillow to place between my knees, under my arm, behind my back, or beneath my belly. This final item, the extra pillow, was more important than any of the others. With my belly (and the rest of me, to be honest) growing so quickly, it was impossible to adjust to the fact that my usual sleeping positions simply didn't work anymore. I would shift my extra pillow from place to place, folding it or flattening it if necessary, searching for that perfect solution that would allow me to sink into a comfortable position and sleep deeply. I knew it was best for me to stay on my side so I would usually fall asleep that way, only to wake up an hour or two later, flat on my back and short of breath. It was obvious that while my make-shift solution was better than nothing, it was just not cutting it.

Finally, half way through my fourth pregnancy, I bought a pregnancy pillow. And as soon as I tried it, I wondered why I hadn't invested in one three and a half pregnancies earlier! When I was pregnant, I would treat myself to pedicures or delicious lattes, and these luxuries certainly offered temporary distraction and comfort. However, they did nothing that was helpful from a practical standpoint. An Ultimate Pillow, however, is luxurious, and it certainly provides comfort. But something that helps you to sleep better, that makes you feel comfortable no matter how big your belly gets, and that not only encourages you to fall asleep but helps you STAY asleep. It may be luxurious, but it is not a luxury. That, clearly, is a necessity.