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A pregnancy body pillow saved my sleep when I was pregnant with my first son. Sleeping became so uncomfortable in the second half of my pregnancy, the pillow was an absolute necessity in supporting my growing belly.

Here is your pregnancy sleep breakdown and some insight into the magic pillow.

Don’t sleep on your right side

Lying on your back or right side during pregnancy reduces blood flow to the baby.  This is because it causes the baby to put pressure on the vena cava, a large blood vessel that runs along the right side of mom’s body and supplies the placenta and baby.  This pressure is alleviated when mom lies on her left side.  For this reason, it’s recommended that mom sleep on her left side, with her knees bent and her legs, knees, back and/or abdomen supported by pillows.

Pillows can reduce heartburn

It can be helpful to prop the upper body up by pillows to reduce discomfort from heartburn or shortness of breath, both of which are common in late pregnancy. It is okay to change positions frequently through the night

Pregnancy body pillow

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