Pregnancy Pillows

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I was recently invited by the Wirecutter website to participate as a product tester for this article on the best pregnancy pillows. I was surprised at how much time was spent doing the research!

After more than 30 hours of research and testing, including a session evaluating eight pregnancy pillows with a prenatal physical therapist (Marianne Ryan) the Bluestone Full Body Contour U Pillow is the pillow we’d recommend to help you sleep comfortably and keep your body well-supported during pregnancy.

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Physical therapist Ryan (in purple) helped us to examine the eight pregnancy pillows and test them for support and comfort with a volunteer who was 35 weeks pregnant at the time.

Ryan showed us how to best position our volunteer with each pillow, and she evaluated how well the pillows supported and aligned the target body areas: neck, shoulders, back, belly, knees, and ankles. We recorded Ryan’s assessment of how each pillow worked for the different body areas and our volunteer’s feedback about how comfortable each pillow felt. We paid close attention to whether the fill felt too firm or too soft to offer adequate support and whether the pillow allowed our volunteer to change positions easily without having to rearrange it too much.

Read the full article here Best Pregnancy Pillows

MARIANNE RYAN PT, OCS is an award-winning author, physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with more than 30 years’ experience treating prenatal and postpartum women. She is the owner and Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City and the creator of the groundbreaking DIY “Baby Bod” program, which is the first of its kind to bridge the gap between medical care and fitness advice. As a leading women’s health expert (and a mom), Marianne is passionate about helping women reclaim their changed bodies, whether they are pregnant, recently took part in the joy of birth or are experiencing the “joy” of menopause. Watch her TEDX video, “What Your Momma Never Told You About Childbirth” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zyv5Inj_lE&