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Review: Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Pregnancy, Product Reviews | Posted on 15-04-2014

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Discussions about pregnancy always seem to talk about how amazing it is, and how its a gift, and how lucky we are, and how wonderful it is. Yes, being pregnant is an amazing gift and a privilege that not all women get to experience. And I am lucky to have gotten pregnant twice in my life and I am SO looking forward to Little Dude making his big entrance in the next few weeks. I’m 35 weeks pregnant this week and whilst its hardly been plain sailing – borderline cholestasis, actual anemia, two infections, potentially breech baby, two trips to labour ward so far… – I appreciate how lucky I am. What people rarely talk about however is how uncomfortable pregnancy is!

Feeling those first flutterings is amazing, and as the pregnancy continues they turn into definite movements, and towards the end they turn into fairly brutal jabs where it feels like baby is trying to make and early exit by any means possible. Sitting down is fairly comfy as long as baby is asleep and not beating you up. Lying down is just insane however. You’re encouraged to sleep on your left when pregnant which is fine. If I lie on my back I get cramp in my legs and end up in a beached whale scenario, much to my husbands amusement. However whichever side I lie on makes baby drift that way too, and just this morning I woke up with what I believe was a foot making a beeline for my hip. And then there’s my legs. Whatever I seem to do with them I end up with one dead leg. So all in all not much sleep is happening, and hasn’t been for a while. Whilst I appreciate the comments “Well its all good training for when baby arrives and you won’t get any sleep then…” its not wholly helpful when I have a three year old to look after and I can’t spend the day in bed.

I’ve tried a multitude of pillows in bed to make my life a bit easier and sleep a bit more likely. Wedges, more normal pillows, full length body pillows, you name it, I’ve tried it. I even evicted Daddy from the bed – mainly because there was no room with all the excess pillows… – but sleep was still evading me. I turned to the internet for help, as I often do, and found the Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow. The pillow is designed to encourage sleeping on your left, and to prevent you rolling onto your back. It has long pillow at the front as you lie on it that supports your bump and curves between your legs to ensure your hips are comfortable and to reduce the likelihood of waking with a dead leg. There’s a section of fabric that you lie on, and then a smaller pillow which rest in the small of your back. This provides support and effectively holds you in place so you are less likely to roll over. If you do want to roll onto your right hand side however you can, and you simply use the small pillow as a bump support and the curved larger pillow will still sit comfortably between your legs.

DreamGenii Pregnancy Pillow SussexMummy

The team at Dreamgenii were kind enough to send me one of the pillows to review. It was more compact than I was expecting which was great as it meant Daddy didn’t have to sleep on the air bed down the hall, and it didn’t feel like I was being swamped with pillows and supports. The best way I can describe the feeling of sleeping with the pillow is like being hugged. I was comfortably held by the pillow, my legs were supported but relaxed, my lower back was held, and my bump was in a position that meant I wasn’t capsizing. The first night of using it was one of the best nights sleep I’d had all pregnancy. I used it every night for a few days, and then spent a few nights not using it just to compare. Since then I’ve used it most nights. During particularly warm nights it can be a bit overwhelming using the pillow too as I find myself getting even warmer than usual. Pregnant women tend to run somewhat warmer than everyone else, and if I’m too hot I do sometimes remove the pillow altogether, or I just use the longer part between my legs and keep the rest out the way. Its really versatile that way, and one of the many reasons I love it and wouldn’t be without it.

What I didn’t realise until the pillow arrived was that you can use it after baby arrives too, as a feeding support pillow. The longer pillow sits round your back supporting you, and the fabric that connects the two pillows is there to hold baby. Whether you are breast or bottle feeding baby will be in the optimum position, and held there and supported by you and the smaller pillow. Now obviously I haven’t had chance to test this out just yet, but I love the idea of being able to use the pillow after pregnancy as well as during.

Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillows retail at £45.99 with spare covers available too starting from £9.99. You can also purchase a Dreamgenii Lite Travel Pillow which is just two small pillows and the connecting fabric for £19.50.