When comparing one pregnancy pillow to another, it's important to have a clear view of different kinds of filling used by manufacturers. By weighing between their pros and cons, you will make more informed decision as to which pillow is the best match for your own needs.
Now let's explore the different fillings that manufacturers use to keep your pregnancy pillow comfortable and supportive.
1. Styrofoam ball filling
Those small white balls you find in a bean bag are Styrofoam balls and they are also commonly found in cheaper pregnancy pillows.
- Styrofoam filling allows pillows to easily adapt to your body shape and lightweight.
- The downside is they do tend to make noise as you move around the pregnancy pillow.
- Polyester fiber is soft and doesn’t make any noise. The amount of polyester fiber used in a pregnancy pillow will determine the firmness.
- While polyester is a very popular filling in pregnancy pillows, it does not breath as well as other fillings.
3. Micro-bead filling
Micro-beads are incredibly fine balls approximately 1/32 inch wide (pretty small, right?). Pregnancy pillows made from micro-beads feel like they have sand inside them.
- Micro-beads are incredibly lightweight; allowing you to carry around your pregnancy pillow with ease. Micro-beads offer almost no noise and are much more supportive than standard Styrofoam balls.
4. Memory foam filling
Memory foam pregnancy pillows take the shape of your body as it presses against it. Once your weight is lifted of the pillow, the memory foam regains its original shape.
- Pregnancy pillows containing memory foam filling are generally quite firm. Since memory foam can cause heat to build up, some manufacturers shred it prior to using it in pregnancy pillow filling. The shredded memory foam still allows air to circulate inside it, helping reducing that hot feeling.
5. Natural and organic filling
Natural fillings include:
Remember, just because a pregnancy pillow uses natural filling does not necessarily make it organic.
Also important to know:
Your pregnancy pillow may have a “new” smell, depending on the material inside. If this is the case, simply air the pillow out for a few days prior to use and the majority of the smell should disappear.