Pregnancy Pillows are a must for all expectant mothers.
Pregnancy is without a doubt one of the most exciting times in any woman’s life. During this time the expectant mothers body will be experiencing many changes in order to support the baby which is growing and developing inside of her. Some of the physiological changes associated with pregnancy include: weight gain, postural changes to compensate for the shift in centre of gravity, changes in pelvic orientation, stretching of ligaments, lowered core stability and the list goes on.
As the pregnancy progresses often simple tasks can become more complicated due to the aforementioned changes. One prominent issue pregnant women report experiencing is difficulty sleeping. As the pregnancy progresses often women will experience a more restless sleep, whether it be due to the frequent need to urinate throughout the night, constant feelings of heartburn, leg cramps, inability to get comfortable or any of the other little aches and pains keeping pregnant women awake at night!
Disrupted sleep can be very stressful to expectant mothers, especially when they may already be experiencing pre birth anxiety. The good news is that nowadays there are many pregnancy products on the market which have been specifically designed to assist expectant mothers to get the best sleep possible. When looking for products to assist with your sleep throughout pregnancy it is important that they are to relieve tension by providing optimal support throughout the night. In order to be supportive they need to be made from high quality foams or latex. Specifically, we prefer memory foam as it is a very durable foam, in that it can retain its shape over time without sagging, yet it is still able to be soft enough to provide comfort.
All pregnancy products should specifically be tailored for side sleeping, ensuring that the spine is maintained in correct alignment allowing the muscles to relax, rather than develop tension. This is so important because when a woman sleeps on their left hand side throughout pregnancy it will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and ultimately the baby. If a woman sleeps on her back throughout pregnancy it actually puts pressure on her abdominal aorta and this in turn effects the blood flow to the rest of the body. The optimal position is to sleep on your left hand side whilst keeping your legs and knees slightly bent with a pillow placed between your legs.
Another great innovation in the world of pregnancy products are products designed specifically to cradle and support the stomach whilst you are sleeping on your side. These products are great, not just for supporting the stomach and maintaining a neutral alignment of the spine, but also for added comfort. Ideally these tummy supports should cradle the belly and allow you to relax with the full weight of your stomach being supported by the pillow.
Here at our ChiroShopping Store we have hand selected a range of pregnancy products which we believe offer the solution to a good nights rest for all expectant mothers, for al list of all our pregnancy products click here.