At almost twenty weeks pregnant with twins, I’ve been finding sleeping comfortably difficult for weeks now. With my pelvis being affected by the hormones and probably the fact my bump is growing rapidly, having a pillow between my knees has been necessary from early on.
Now, I can’t lie down for any length of time without waking up with aches and pains. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been having to sleep sat upright. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you’ll know how excited I was to be reviewing the Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow.
The pillow is filled with beads but isn’t jam-packed with them so it allows you to get yourself comfortable and support the parts of your body you need to. The first night I tried the pillow I was watching tv on the sofa and used the entire length of the pillow. I plumped it and squished it until there were less beads by my head and under my stomach and more between my knees making it just right.
You can also fold it in half and have more space between your legs if that’s how you feel most comfortable. I tend to use it slightly differently each time depending on where I’m aching that day.
Most nights I have had it in an upside down V behind me as I sleep sat up. This means the long sides are full of beads and stop you from sliding to one side as you sleep and the tip of the V is softer with less beads at the nape of your neck.
Usually you will probably need a maternity pillow during your third trimester but as I’m carrying twins, at twenty weeks I am now the size I was at at least 30 weeks in the past already!
It’s not just me who likes the pillow. I’ve woken up to find Pooh Bear snuggled up at the end of it when I’ve been lying down to sleep and have had to keep it away from the boys as it makes quite a good weapon! (It is not a toy and it is not recommended that children use it as such or that smaller children and babies are left alone with it)
I also don’t want it covered in what ever they are eating or have just eaten which is one of the reasons I’ve kept it away from hubby too ;) He already uses a pillow to hug to sleep so I know once he tries it out, I’ll be hunting for it each night before I go to bed. The cover is easily removed and washed so it’s not too big a deal but I’d rather keep it nice until I don’t need to use it quite so much and my sense of smell is still supersonic so I don’t want stinky food aromas annoying me as I try to fall asleep.
At least I know it will still be used once I don’t need it at night
Something which is important to me when it comes to buying products to use during pregnancy and child rearing is the longevity of the product. Can and will I use it in five years time? Sometimes a product is so useful during that short period that it is worth the investment or you can sell it on or give it away. Others, like the Theraline Pillow, do have more than one use and I can see us using it long term.
You can use it as a laptop pillow and I’ve been using it whilst crocheting. Theraline also recommend that it be used for breastfeeding. As a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter I err on the side of caution when using a pillow as an aide to breastfeeding. I would recommend that if you want to use a pillow whilst nursing that you latch baby on first then arrange your pillow for extra support. This is so that the pillow isn’t interfering with latching on and position and attachment and also so you don’t get too dependent on using a pillow and find you aren’t able to feed out and about without carting a pillow around with you.
Now, I’m expecting twins and I will need to use a pillow at first because I can’t physically hold two little ones in a sustainable position at the same time. I have lots of great support through volunteering myself so I’m not sure exactly how it works and it will depend on each baby too. Once we get the hang of it, I’ll be writing a review on this pillow as a nursing pillow for twins and will probably take it to my local support group to have a practice before the twins arrive too.
***Disclosure*** We were sent the Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow in order to write a review. As always, the views and opinions expressed are honest and unbiased.