Why use a cushion during pregnancy?
With your body changing and life growing inside of you, the comfortable positions you once could find seem to be impossible to get in to. You don't have to suffer through restless nights any longer though.
Sound like a familiar scene: You’re exhausted and can’t wait to crawl into bed, but when you do, your ever-growing bump is right there, creating a wedge between you and a good night’s sleep. While you might have dismissed a comfortable cushion that creates support as an unnecessary purchase, a large bedroom cushion or Euro bolster is actually amazing to ease the discomfort of pregnancy and cradle you off to dreamland. A cushion will support your belly, and target hip or back pain, because let’s face it: carrying a baby for nine months takes its toll on more than just your midsection.
Get your much-needed rest before the baby comes!
There's no set time when you need to, or have to, start using a pregnancy cushion. To put it simply, you should start using one whenever you start finding it difficult to change positions during sleep. For most women, this is around week 20, when your belly starts to expand
You can use a long pregnancy bolster, or just any extra large 60cm x 60cm cushion. Put one under your belly and between your legs to raise your abdomen and support your back and hips.
Lying in a position with a large bedroom cushion wedged between your legs and knees maximizes blood flow to the uterus without putting pressure on the liver. Women who experience hip or back pain during pregnancy may find that placing a cushion or two between the knees or bending the knees during sleep can also help provide relief.
Even though it's not a “need,” a pregnancy cushion isn't a luxury item: it's something that can help you have more energy, more stamina, and more flexibility as you move throughout your pregnancy
Why use a cushion after pregnancy?
Sitting on a pillow instead of a hard surface may provide more comfort after giving birth.
Using a cushion can assist in having a comfortable breastfeeding experience. With fatigue and postpartum sleep loss, some women feel a cushion to be an extra arm that helps support the baby. Sitting on a pillow instead of a hard surface may provide more comfort after giving birth.
How to preserve your back and posture after pregnancy?
Always try to sit up tall (using good chair support and a cushion behind your back when possible)—avoid sitting on the edge of the bed where your back has no support. Make sure you keep your back straight, especially when caring for your baby i.e. adjust the height of your bed and invest in an ergonomically friendly cot and change table like the Upzeez High Rise Baby Cot. When possible sit or kneel down as this is also good for your back.
Most important of all, when you feel comfortable and relaxed you have more time & energy to enjoy your pregnancy and post-natal period.