When it comes to pregnancy, comfort is key. They say, “happy wife, happy life” well I say “happy pregnant woman, everyone lives.” As women, we give up so much to get it all. What I mean by this is our bodies and minds are ravaged during pregnancy, in many different ways. But, the outcome is worth all of it and more. One thing that I really hated giving up when pregnant was sleeping on my stomach. I’m a dedicated stomach sleeper and that just doesn’t fly when pregnant. On my side, I could never get comfortable, and on my back– forget about it. This is where DreamGenii comes into play.
Pregnancy pillows are a must for every pregnant woman. If you don’t think you need one, you have not been pregnant before. Pregnancy naturally makes you more lethargic than you are used to and a lot of women are even bedridden in the later trimesters. Sleep is absolutely necessary as well, stress and overexertion are not good for any growing fetus. Take a break and lie down with the DreamGenii. The DreamGenii Pregnancy Pillow has won multiple awards for its impressive (and effective) design. Made in the UK, the DreamGenii is recommended widely across the country by midwives. In fact, this is the only pregnancy pillow on the market to be recognized for having adequate support for the back, bump, and knees simultaneously. Let’s begin with the basic construction. It starts with a much needed back support cushion, which attaches to the rest by a quilted pad. The main stem of the pillow is curved to support your growing belly, and then wraps around for leg support. It’s like hugging a really soft man that conforms to your body–dreamy.
Something I really like about the DreamGenii is that it is not overly bulky. It does not take up much space in the bed like so many others do. Due to its design, the pillow encourages you to lie on your left side, which is the most recommended way to sleep when pregnant. Learned tidbit: lying on your left hand side during pregnancy can halve the risk of having a stillbirth. However, if you are a right-sided sleeper, simply pass the lower part of the pillow behind your knees. While stomach sleeping is certainly out of the question, back sleeping is as well. When you sleep on your back, you can actually restrict the bloodflow to your baby, which cannot be good. With the DreamGenii, you can be comfortable in the right position, and stay that way throughout the night. It even allows for you to turn over without having to flip over the entire set up. The Dream Genii pregnancy pillow is certified by the European Medical Devices Directorate as a Class 1 Medical Device, and used by thousands of midwives, breastfeeding coordinators, and of course pregnant women. It is also used in certain birthing suites.
After your labor (which DreamGenii claims will be easier with the use of their product throughout pregnancy) you can use the pillow as a breast feeding aide. I’m sure you want me to go back to the easier labor part. By sleeping in this proper way, you can also encourage your baby to adopt the optimal birth position, which can mean a shorter and less painful labor. I think we are all on board for that! So after your easy peasy labor, re-purpose your pregnancy pillow. Position the pillow to wrap around your back and front (supporting the small of your back). Place an additional pillow on your lap, then lie your baby on the quilted pad, which is flanked by the back and bump cushions. This sets your baby at the right position and height for a comfortable feeding (for both mom and baby). Another multi-tasker!
Though the award winning and best selling pregnancy pillow is manufactured in the UK, DreamGenii is now set up for orders in the USA! You can purchase your own online for $69.99. You can also purchase these from local stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Destination Maternity, not to mention Amazon.com and Diapers.com. Or… you could just win one here on ITKM!
Dreamgenii is giving away a Pregnancy Pillow to one lucky recipient!
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Winner: Stephanie – Congratulations!
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