How Does A Body Pillow Help During Pregnancy? Experts Count The Ways

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I can’t tell you how many times someone told my pregnant self to enjoy sleeping — while I still could. It was ominous and weird, and people shouldn’t talk like that. Also, I wasn’t sleeping. I was too uncomfortable. My hip bones ground into the mattress, and sciatica ripped at the nerve endings in my butt. So, I did what any American pregnant woman would do — I went to Target, and bought myself a body pillow. How does a body pillow help during pregnancy, you ask? Maybe it’s better to ask — what can’t the mighty body pillow do?

Why is it so hard to get a little shut eye? According to Dr. Iffath Hoskins, clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Health, the hormones responsible for making your pelvic bones flexible enough for a baby to come through also affect your back. As if that weren’t enough, your burgeoning baby shifts your center of gravity, “causing an exaggerated lordosis” — or arching of the lower spine. In an email to Romper, Hoskins notes that all these factors result in pregnancy’s myriad aches and pains. “A good body pillow provides the support . . . to maintain the…

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