The Best Mattresses to Sleep Well During Pregnancy

Trying to sleep when pregnant can be difficult and uncomfortable for expecting mothers. In this guide, we have put together helpful tips and advice for a peaceful night's sleep while your baby grows. We will explain the best mattresses for pregnancy, what mattress toppers can do to aid sleep, the best sleeping positions during pregnancy, and everything in between.

Sleeping When Pregnant: Common Issues

Pregnancy is a beautiful part of life but comes with some side effects while trying to sleep. These include:

  • Breast sensitivity
  • Insomnia
  • Leg cramping
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • The urge to urinate more than usual
  • Feeling warm and irritated

Although these are all common issues that come with pregnancy, if you feel concerned, contact your doctor.

Best Mattresses for Sleeping During Pregnancy

A mattress plays a huge role in a pregnant woman's sleep quality. As we now know, it is best for expecting mothers to sleep on their side. Mattress support is an important factor to consider when sleeping on your side before choosing the best mattress for you. These are the most suitable mattresses for sleeping during pregnancy and why:

Best Mattresses for Sleeping During Pregnancy

A mattress plays a huge role in a pregnant woman's sleep quality. As we now know, it is best for expecting mothers to sleep on their side. Mattress support is an important factor to consider when sleeping on your side before choosing the best mattress for you. These are the most suitable mattresses for sleeping during pregnancy and why:

What Are the Benefits of a Hybrid Mattress?

A hybrid mattress synthesises the benefits of both spring and foam mattresses whilst also negating their respective drawbacks to give you:

Hybrid Mattresses for Pregnancy

Hybrid mattresses are a great option for side sleepers. They offer a layer of latex, memory foam, or gel. This allows you to personalise your mattress to your sleeping needs. Hybrid mattresses are ideal if you move a lot during sleep, which many pregnant women will experience. If aches and pains are one of the main issues you are finding during your pregnancy, a hybrid mattress could be the one for you.

See our range of Hybrid Mattresses.

Memory Foam Mattresses for Pregnancy

Generally, all types of foam mattresses are the best option for sleeping when pregnant. This is because memory foam mattresses mould to the shape of your body. While your bump grows, the memory foam will support you and your bump. As they are one of the most supportive mattresses, memory foam offers excellent pressure relieving points. Which you will appreciate while your body changes through pregnancy.

See the Memory Foam Mattress range today.

Best Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

Finding the right sleeping position during pregnancy can aid in a good night's sleep. According to the NHS, the most pregnancy-friendly sleeping positions are on either side. The NHS pregnancy-related advice states: "Research suggests that, after 28 weeks, falling asleep on your back can double the risk of stillbirth. This may be to do with the baby's flow of blood and oxygen. Do not worry if you wake up on your back – the research looked at the position pregnant people fell asleep in, as this is the position we keep for the longest. If you wake up on your back, you can just turn over and go to sleep again on your side."

To help keep you on your side, try adding pillows for support. See the Sleep and Snooze pillows.

Sleeping Tips for Pregnant Women

Common issues women find when trying to sleep while pregnant, such as rising body temperature and generally feeling uncomfortable can be eased by home remedies like sleeping with a thinner duvet and adding some extra touches to your bed to make it a more comfortable experience. We recommend:

Adding a topper to your mattress while pregnant is an easy and affordable way of improving the comfort of a mattress. Sleep and Snooze's Silentnight AirMax Topper will help with temperature regulation and encourage airflow for a better night's sleep.

The key here is about balance. Drink plenty of fluids earlier in the day to keep your hydration levels up, then ease off fluids later in the day to prevent frequent urination during your sleeping hours.

This will help by adding more comfort to your bed. Try adding a pillow in between your legs and underneath your baby bump for extra support. We recommend the Sarah Jane V-Shape Orthopaedic Pillow for nursing mothers.

As we know, self-care is so important for everyone, especially pregnant women. Take time for yourself before or after your bedtime routine to check in with your mind. Read a chapter of your favourite calming book, enjoy a caffeine-free tea, or practice some calming yoga to soothe your mind and body before heading off to bed.

Dreaming While Pregnant

Many women experience vivid dreams during pregnancy. According to the Sleep Foundation, "a study found that pregnant women experienced more dreams about the baby’s safety in the early third trimester when the baby was at a higher risk of a dangerous preterm birth. Toward the end of the third trimester, these dreams subsided and were replaced with dreams about the childbirth itself."

Summary

To ensure the best night's sleep possible when pregnant, follow our tips above. Remember, you must create a comfortable sleeping environment for when you're expecting. If you need both a new bed and mattress, check out our affordable bed and mattress sets.

The Snooze Hub offers a great selection of inspiration and advice for parents, grandparents, and care givers – visit Parents & Children.