Skip to main contentSkip to footer

When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission. Read our full commerce guidelines here.

We scoured the internet for the best pregnancy pillows out there - here are our picks

Our edit of the best c- and u-shaped pregnancy pillows to combat back pain and support comfortability - we love these and future mums will, too

best pregnancy pillows u and c shaped
Karen Silas
Karen SilasSenior Lifestyle Editor
Share this:

Wondering what to expect when you're expecting? One major pregnancy issue for so many future mums is the struggle to get a good night's sleep. A comfortable, rested mummy-to-be is good for both you and baby – and one simple way to ease back pain and support your bump so you can get some rest is a body-supporting pregnancy pillow, whether c-shaped, u-shaped or adjustable.

What are the benefits of a pregnancy pillow?

What aren't the benefits of a pregnancy pillow?! Comfort, body, back and neck support, easing of back pain, simplifying side sleeping and even the psychological soothing nature of pregnancy pillows – it’s like being hugged all night! – make them worth the investment. And some people who aren't even pregnant like to use them for those same reasons.

Pillow expert and Kally Sleep CEO Ori Leslau outlined the general benefits of a pregnancy pillow, saying: “Pregnancy pillows offer more comfort and support than traditional pillows, keeping you as relaxed as possible ensuring your spine is positioned correctly to avoid back pain or discomfort during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. They also allow a deeper and longer sleep meaning you wake up feeling more rested and avoid frequently waking up during the night.

“Pregnancy pillows also help you postpartum if you breastfeed your baby as they can be positioned to ensure the optimal position to help your baby latch on correctly.”

At what month do you need a pregnancy pillow?

It’s never too early to start using a pregnancy pillow! Some, for example those who suffered with chronic back pain before pregnancy, start to use it from the very start. That said, generally pregnant people start using a pillow when their belly is getting big enough to make it uncomfortable to sleep and / or change positions in bed – from around Week 20 on.

"I'm a back sleeper all the way so I struggled with side sleeping from the get-go during pregnancy," says mum-of-two and HELLO! Online Senior Lifestyle Editor Katherine Robinson. "My doctor advised sleeping on the left side (a 2019 study has since shown sleeping on the back or right side up until the 30th week of pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of stillbirth, reduced size at birth, or high blood pressure disorders of pregnancy) and I made sure to follow her advice. But as my pregnancy progressed, I woke up with sore and aching hips and back and my sleep during the night was disrupted. She suggested I try a pregnancy pillow - I only wished I'd ordered one sooner!

"I'm 5 ft 10in so went for the biggest one I could find and was actually really excited to try it, not dreading going to bed for once - and I wasn't disappointed - I got a great night's sleep for the first time in weeks! It is rather large so my husband was a bit squashed - but he had to live with it! "

She continues: "Having your hips aligned and your spine straight makes a massive difference. I have really wide shoulders too, so it made a difference having my arm elevated - in fact, I still sleep hugging a regular pillow to this day! Another thing that made a massive difference was using a mattress topper (I have one from Simba Sleep)."

According to the NHSfrom 28 weeks on it may be more dangerous for your baby if you sleep on your back, and it recommends supporting your bump with pillows and putting a pillow between your knees. Pregnancy pillows simplify sleep and bump support, giving you comfort without having to fuss around with multiple pillows.

Is a U- or C- shaped pregnancy pillow better?

It really depends on what your priorities are, because C and U-shaped pregnancy pillows each have their pros and cons. If you’re looking for something more portable and compact, you’ll want to look into C-shaped pillows, while a U-shaped pregnancy pillow will offer you full body support and comfort.

C shaped pregnancy pillows, which curve around your body, are more compact and optimal for side sleeping, which is recommended from 28 weeks on at the latest.

U shaped pregnancy pillows go from head to toe along your body for full body support, are large and roomy and can be used for propping you up for side sleeping. The con for U-shaped pillows is that they can be so big that they’re not optimal for small beds or smaller spaces.

How we chose the best pregnancy pillows

While we weren't able to test all of the pregnancy pillows in our edit, we scoured the internet for the ones with top reviews and high ratings, and took these details into consideration:

  • Comfort and support: We only chose pillows with sterling ratings and reviews in these categories, narrowing down the options so you don't have to.
  • Brand reputation: We only include brands and retailers we trust, from John Lewis to Dreamgenii.
  • Price-quality relationship: We don't think its necessary to splash the cash on a pregnancy pillow, and we know that sometimes expectant parents aren't able to. If a pillow on our list is inexpensive, it will also have great ratings from verified shoppers; and if it's expensive, it will be worth the price.  

Best C shaped pregnancy pillows

Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow

best rated pregnancy pillows dreamgenii recommended by midwives

Recommended by UK Midwives, Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow in a modified C-shape is designed to also serve as a breastfeeding pillow after baby arrives.

Kolbray C-shaped pregnancy pillow

best pregnancy pillos kolbray c shaped amazon

This pregnancy pillow from the UK's Kolbray has 4.6-star rating on Amazon, and is designed to double as a nursing pillow. It has a soft jersey knit cover, and is machine washable and dryable. Reviewers say that it's good quality, although some verified shoppers comment that the pillow is on the thin side and that it's a bit cumbersome to flip the pillow while sleeping.

PharMeDoc Cee-Cee pregnancy pillow

best pregnancy pillow that everyone loves

The PharMeDoc Cee-Cee C-shaped pregnancy pillow, with a 100% Organic Cotton cover, is Amazon's most popular, notching up over 40,000 five-star ratings on Amazon.

One spouse who bought the pillow said: “Thoroughly recommend, it's a good size, really firm and filled with padding and the carry case will be really helpful for when we make trips to the in-laws static caravan for mini breaks. If we could give it more stars we would!

“Update, we bought a second one because we loved it so much! Now I have one to help with my back and neck issues too!”

Best U shaped pregnancy pillows

Kally Sleep U-shaped pregnancy pillow

kally sleep u shaped pregnancy pillow

Kally's U-shaped pillow provides both front and back support to help you sleep on your side. The pillow provides full body support, you can switch from left to right as you sleep.

Keep in mind this pillow is on the larger side, so takes up more of your bed and it may be difficult to reposition if you drastically change positions.

For Your Little One maternity pillow

best rated pregnancy pillows extra long u shaped

If you're looking for a quality pillow at an excellent price, this 12ft maternity pillow from For Your Little One is a fab choice. It’s designed for head to toe support of spine, joints and muscles and is covered in super soft anti-allergic fabric. As one reviewer said, “It’s life saver at night,  super comfy and even get complaints off [my] partner because apparently the pillow gets more hugs than he does!”

Best pregnancy pillows for back pain

If you have suffered from back problems pre-pregnancy, or are experiencing back pain as your bump grows, a good pregnancy pillow is key to help alleviate discomfort while resting or sleeping.

Leachco Snoogle

best pregnancy pillows for back pain

Designed by a registered nurse and mum, the Leachco Snoogle can be used in multiple positions to help ease back pain.  “Stop looking - just order it now!” enthused one Amazon reviewer. “Can I give this 6 stars?” Another shopper wrote that it “helped a ton with my horrible pregnancy back pain”. “I can’t say enough good things.. wish I had ordered sooner!”

bbhugme pregnancy pillow

best rated pregnancy pillow bbhugme

If you can’t decide between a C or U-shaped pregnancy pillow, the Scandinavian-created bbhugme pregnancy pillow, designed by chiropractors, is completely adjustable when it comes to both firmness and shape, so it will take you from first trimester to even after baby arrives. From Vogue Williams to Millie Mackintosh, it is celebrity favourite, and you can shop it in multiple colours at JoJo Maman Bebe, Mamas and Papas and John Lewis, where it has a sterling 4.9-star rating. One reviewer called it “a game changer” and “the best pregnancy Item I've bought!”

More Parenting

See more