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The 9 best pregnancy and nursing pillows

Getting a good night's sleep when you're pregnant can be a real challenge, which is where a maternity pillow comes in handy. But which type is right for you? Here we round up the best maternity pillows to buy right now.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Aug 11, 2021

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Growing a tiny human inside of you is tough work, not least when you're plagued by changing hormones, hot flushes and endless midnight trips to the loo.

As a result, getting a decent night's kip can feel almost impossible and that's when a maternity pillow can really come into its own.

Maternity pillows, sometimes known as pregnancy pillows, can help you to find a safe and comfortable sleeping position during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester, while giving support to you and your expanding bump.

How real-life testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique

We commissioned Alison Williams, a journalist and mum of two, to research and write about maternity pillows.

Alison has two grown-up children so has experienced almost every stage of the parenting journey. As a journalist, she has written articles on a variety of subjects, including the best breast pumps and best baby car seats for Mumsnet.

During 15 hours of research, she looked at recommendations on the Mumsnet forums and other review sites, made note of the popular products still receiving good feedback, and spoke to pregnancy and childbirth experts. This included Val Willcox, Practice Manager for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), and Kate Pinney, Midwife Manager at Tommy's.

Equipped with this information, Alison created a longlist of 30 Mumsnet user and expert product recommendations to consider. After digging deeper, this list was then narrowed down further to a shortlist of 17 pillows to test.

Partnering with parent tester, Laura, a first-time mum-to-be in her third trimester, all the pillows were tested side by side over the course of three months.

So which pregnancy pillow is best? Here are the best maternity, nursing and pregnancy pillows as recommended by parents.

1. Best full-body pregnancy pillow: The Original Theraline

theraline maternity pillow

My Theraline is fabulous. Couldn’t do without it. It’s great to use for sitting up in bed and will probably be good for breastfeeding too.

Theraline's Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow is a popular choice among parents – and for good reason.

Its sand-like filling moves to accommodate the shape of your growing bump – which means that the pillow provides flexible, but firm, support at any stage of the pregnancy journey – and it comes in a staggering 59 colour combinations.

If you're after a pillow that can also be used for nursing, The Original Theraline has got you covered.


  • Offers support for legs, tummy and back
  • Microbead filling moulds to the shape of your body
  • Suitable for all types of baby feeding positions – particularly useful if you're feeding twins


  • Material isn't as soft as other pillows we tested, like Theraline's own Plushy Moon
  • Naturally quite large and takes up a fair bit of room in bed
  • Tricky to store

Great for parents who

  • Need a pillow that can be used just about anywhere
  • Plan to breastfeed
  • Are expecting twins

Product information

  • V-shaped pregnancy pillow
  • 100% cotton
  • Microbead filling
  • Dimensions: 38 × 190cm
  • Weight: 2kg

Read the full review

2. Best narrow full-body maternity pillow: Mamas & Papas Pregnancy and Maternity Pillow

mamas and papas pregnancy pillow

"I've got a Mamas & Papas own-brand pillow and I love it." - Mumsnet user

Similar in style to the Original Theraline, the Mamas & Papas Pregnancy and Maternity Pillow is a comfy and simple V-shaped, full body pregnancy pillow – but (good news!) it's a whole lot narrower than most.

Its thin shape means that it feels neither claustrophobic nor restrictive, which tends to be the case for some of the bigger maternity pillows, and there’s even enough room in bed for you, the pillow and your partner. Win!

While it may not be the easiest pillow to store, its versatility is a real benefit as it can later be used for breast or bottle feeding once your baby is born.


  • Supports your bump, back and knees
  • Narrow design
  • Extremely soft to the touch


  • Only available in two colours
  • No option to buy additional covers
  • Not easy to store

Great for parents who

  • Are in the later stages of pregnancy
  • Plan to breast or bottle feed

Product information

  • V-shaped pregnancy pillow
  • 100% cotton
  • 100% polyester filling
  • Dimensions: Approximately 19 × 19 × 143cm
  • Weight: 898g

Read the full review

3. Best versatile maternity pillow: Theraline The Plushy Moon

theraline the plushy moon maternity pillow

"I bought a Theraline maternity pillow when I was pregnant with DS1 six years ago. I'm still using it now through my third pregnancy and I can't sleep without it – I love it!" - Mumsnet user

Versatile, affordable and compact enough to be used as a travel pillow, the Plushy Moon is simplicity defined (and that's not a bad thing).

With a lovely soft cover and an inner shell packed full of micropearls, this pillow will provide whatever support you need, particularly in your third trimester. And it won't take up half of your bed either.


  • Comfortable head and neck pillow
  • Small and light enough to be taken with you wherever you go
  • Malleable filling allows the pillow to be moulded easily to your shape for maximum support


  • Micropearls make a slight noise
  • No option to buy a spare cover

Great for parents who

  • Have aches and pains in their shoulders, neck or upper back
  • Want a maternity pillow that doesn't take up the whole bed

Product information

  • Multi-purpose pillow
  • Terry plush: 85% polyester and 15% polyamide
  • Stretch: 90% nylon and 10% elastane
  • Filling: EPS micropearls
  • Dimensions: 140 × 27cm
  • Weight: Approximately 621g

Read the full review

4. Best multi-use maternity pillow: BellaMoon Full Moon

bellamoon full moon pregnancy pillow

The BellaMoon Full Moon 7-in-1 is a maternity, breastfeeding and infant support pillow that can be used right up until your baby is 18 months old.

With seven different functions, it provides all the flexibility that any new parent will need. It can be used as a pregnancy pillow, infant feeding pillow, nighttime lateral feeding pod, breastfeeding day bed, breastfeeding privacy cover, baby lounger and tummy-time pillow.

During pregnancy, it also can be used in different configurations to alleviate aches and pains, and made smaller or larger at the drop of a hat.


  • Has multiple uses
  • Supports neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs
  • Helps to establish and extend breastfeeding


  • Expensive
  • Only worth the money if you plan to use it for nursing
  • Takes up a lot of room in bed

Great for parents who

  • Need to target specific aches and pains
  • Plan to breastfeed after pregnancy

Product information

  • C-shaped maternity pillow
  • 100% cotton cover
  • Polyester hollowfibre filling
  • Dimensions: 200 × 120 × 30cm full size
  • Weight: 1.39kg

Price: £159.20

Read the full review

5. Best wedge pillow: Little Chick London 4-in-1 Support Cushion

little chick london support cushion

Little Chick London's 4-in-1 Support Cushion will support your tummy, back and hips during pregnancy – and it can even be used long after as a breastfeeding pillow too.

Small, lightweight and compact, this pillow can be carted around with you just about anywhere.


  • Unobtrusive
  • Cover is naturally antimicrobial (stops the growth of unwanted bacteria), moisture-wicking and breathable
  • Supports your tummy, back and hips – designed to contour the shape of your bump


  • Doesn't come with any instructions

Great for parents who

  • Are on a budget
  • Travel frequently
  • Need a pillow that can be used at work

Product information

  • Pregnancy wedge pillow
  • 100% bamboo cover
  • Polyester filling
  • Dimensions: 30 × 30 × 11cm
  • Weight: 308g

Read the full review

6. Love2Sleep V-Shaped Pregnancy Support Pillow

love 2 sleep pregnancy pillow

The Love2Sleep V-shaped pillow didn't quite make our top five, but at just £5 (yes, we’re serious) it offers great value for money.

While it's not quite the right shape to be used for sleeping, it nevertheless gives good support if you're relaxing while sitting up in bed or on the sofa reading or watching TV.


  • Firm, but comfy
  • Cheap!


  • Doesn't come with any instructions
  • Cover not automatically included in price

Product information

  • V-shaped pillow
  • Polyester cotton cover
  • Hollowfibre filling

7. Dreamgenii Pregnancy, Support and Feeding Pillow

dreamgenii pregnancy pillow

"I loved the Dreamgenii while I was pregnant. I was struggling to get comfy enough to sleep, so got this and it made such an amazing difference." - Mumsnet user

It may take some getting used to, but the unique shape of the Dreamgenii should discourage you from rolling onto your back during the night.

The pillow consists of a full-length section that's attached to a padded back support. It looks pretty sizeable, but it's surprisingly unobtrusive.


  • Integrated back support
  • Can be used after pregnancy for feeding


  • Shape may not be suitable if you're a little on the tall side
  • Some Mumsnet users say it feels too firm and flat

Product information

  • Full body pillow
  • 100% cotton jersey cover
  • Hypoallergenic polyester filling

8. Bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow

bbhugme pregnancy pillow

"Hands down best thing I bought in pregnancy, now using it for nursing in bed. It got rid of the back pain I'd been having and it made for much more comfortable nights." - Mumsnet user

Mumsnet users rave about the Bbhugme and we're not surprised.

Moulding to the shape of your body while keeping you cool and comfy throughout the night, the Bbugme Pregnancy Pillow offers support to your pelvis, abdomen, lower back, knees and ankles.


  • Really soft
  • Filling helps to relieve pressure in key areas


  • Pricey
  • Tricky to keep clean

Product information

  • Full-length pillow
  • OEKO-TEX®-certified cotton cover
  • EPS bead filling

9. Summer Infant Ultimate Body Comfort Pillow

summer infant body support pillow

If you're looking for a product to see you through the final leg of your pregnancy, the Summer Infant Ultimate Body Comfort Pillow could well be it.

Offering support to your tummy, back and hips, this pillow can then be used after pregnancy as a coiled nest for your baby or toddler.


  • Firm and supportive
  • Offers good longevity


  • Material doesn't feel very soft or 'premium' in quality
  • Toddler insert needs to be removed if you're using it as a full body pillow, which leaves the zip teeth exposed

Product information

  • Full body pillow
  • 65% polyester and 35% cotton cover
  • Polyester filling

Price: £40

Why use a pregnancy pillow?

While maternity pillows aren't for everyone, they can be useful in a number of ways. They can:

  • Help you to sleep in the correct position – it's recommended that pregnant women in their third trimester sleep on their side to promote good blood flow and make sure all those vital nutrients reach the baby (it also decreases the risk of stillbirth)
  • Provide support and reduce discomfort when trying to sleep in the correct position
  • Relieve heartburn – sleeping on your side with your knees bent can help with this, and a well-placed pillow can prevent you from rolling onto your back
  • Alleviate aches and pains, including back ache, leg cramps and ligament pain in your lower belly or groin – sleeping in the right position can work wonders

Types of maternity pillow

1. Pregnancy wedge pillow or multi-purpose pillow

  • One of the cheapest options
  • Versatile and handy for travelling
  • Can be used for nursing
  • Doesn't take up too much space
  • Not restrictive – particularly useful if you're suffering from night sweats

How to use

Place this pillow under your tummy when sleeping on your side to reduce hip and back strain, use it behind your back or neck, or put it under your regular pillow to elevate your head.

2. Bolster pillow

  • Runs along the entire length of your body
  • Moulds to your body (if flexible) – straight bolster pillows won't do this
  • Really useful around the 20th week of pregnancy when you're more likely to have aches and pains

How to use

A bolster pillow is designed to be hugged – place your arms and legs around the pillow with the centre of the pillow supporting your middle.

3. Full body pregnancy pillow

  • Comes in a variety of shapes, the most common being C-shaped, V-shaped and U-shaped
  • Supports neck, back, lower back, bump and legs all at once
  • Can be used beyond pregnancy as a feeding or tummy-time pillow
  • Can be used as support after a c-section to take the weight off your stomach and thighs

How to use

If you have a C-shaped or V-shaped pillow, the 'C' or 'V' goes between your legs, you rest your head at the top of the 'C' or 'V' and your back or bump is supported by the curve.

A U-shaped pregnancy pillow wraps around your entire body, providing support on both sides and preventing you from rolling onto your back during the night.

There are a variety of other shapes available too, including ‘J’, ‘O’, 'L' and ‘E’ – all designed to offer support in a way that is most comfortable for you.

Other things to consider

1. How much does a pregnancy pillow cost?

Prices range from £10 to over £100, so think about how much use you'll get from the pillow – and how much a decent night's sleep is worth.

2. How big is it?

Size matters, so you don't want to invest in a pillow that's either too big or too small for your needs.

Is there enough room in your bed? How heavy is it? Can it be store easily when not in use? Does it make you feel restricted or claustrophobic?

3. Versatility

Think about what you want from a maternity pillow – how, and where, can it be used and would it function as a nursing pillow after pregnancy?

Asking questions like this will help you determine which kind of pillow is right for you.

4. Material and filling

This can make a real difference to the amount of support a pillow provides, and also how well it keeps its shape.

Is the fabric hypoallergenic or breathable? And what kind of filling does it have – hollowfibre? Micropearls?

pregnant woman touching belly

How we tested and why you should trust us

While it would, of course, be quicker and cheaper to send each product out to a different tester, we believe that consistent scoring and like-for-like comparisons are crucial.

After extensive research, we selected the 17 most highly recommended pillows to put through our testing process. Each pillow was scored on these key areas: comfort and safety, ease of use day-to-day, aesthetics, cleanliness and value for money. Those with the highest score were then awarded a Mumsnet Best badge and five others given honourable mentions.

Comfort and safety

We looked at factors including:

  • Quality of sleep – Laura used each pillow for several days and nights in a row to see if it made any difference to her quality of sleep or the amount of sleep she got
  • Aches and pains – did the pillow ease or provoke any aches or pains?
  • How quickly and easily was it to get comfy with the pillow and how many times did she wake or need to shift position during the night?
  • Filling and material – what kind of filling did each pillow have? Could the pillow be moulded to your body? Was it soft enough?

Day-to-day use

  • Each pillow was used in bed, on the sofa while watching TV or reading, in the car, and at a desk at work (if feasible)
  • Laura paid close attention to how much support the pillow gave in each scenario and how it stood up to daily use
  • She also considered each pillow's longevity despite only being in her third trimester – could she envision it being used for nursing or as a support option after pregnancy?

Aesthetics and cleanliness

We assessed:

  • Whether the pillow was easy to clean – each product was washed and dried using the supplied washing instructions
  • If stains came out in the first wash and if there was any shrinkage, fading of pattern or reduction in softness
  • Whether the product came with a spare cover
  • The overall design – which pillow would you be proud to have in your home? Was there a good colour and fabric selection?

Value for money

We considered:

  • Whether the pillows represented good value for money and whether they offered anything more than a normal pillow

All prices on this page correct at time of writing