Sleeping can be tough at the best of times.
When you throw pregnancy into the equation, sleeping can be downright impossible.
Ironically, there is never a time in your life when sleep is more important. You’re sleeping for two, now! Good sleep used to be a luxury – now it’s a necessity.
There are lots of ways to increase the quality of your sleep. You can try exercising in the morning, cutting out screen time a couple hours before bed, making a routine, etc.
The single most impactful change you can make, however, is the bed you sleep on.
You’re gonna spend a lot of time in bed during your pregnancy whether you like it or not. The morning sickness and hormonal swings are enough to keep anyone bedridden. You deserve to be as comfortable as possible. The correct mattress is crucial.
We want to help you make the best decision, so here are some things to keep in mind.
Most people fall into one of three broad categories: stomach, back, or side sleepers.
Physicians recommend you sleep on your side, especially during the third trimester. It goes without saying you shouldn’t be laying on your stomach by then but laying on your back isn’t great either. The weight of that baby bump puts stress on your back (which is likely strained already).
If you can, make an effort to sleep on your left side. That position helps increase circulation to you and your baby. Side sleeping also reduces snoring. Convince your husband to switch, too.
The firmness of a mattress is the number one consideration any time you purchase a mattress. It’s doubly important for soon-to-be mothers, however, since the firmness impacts everything from spinal alignment to comfort.
You’re better off avoiding very soft mattresses – they don’t support your back very well and the effect is only worsened as the weight piles on. On the other end of the spectrum, lying on a chunk of granite doesn’t help much either. Especially when you’ve got this awkward, heavy lump on your lower abdomen.
Many pregnant mothers (or anyone with a little extra weight, really) find that memory foam combines the best of both worlds. It can conform to your body while still offering a sturdy foundation.
A final thought on the firmness factor: you’re going to be waking up very often to pee (or vomit). And, I hate to break it to you but, that trend isn’t stopping after the baby is born. You’ll find it easier to get in and out of a firm bed than one that swallows you up.
Again, a factor for most mattress purchases, but worth taking a look at.
No matter who hogged all the space before, the bed dynamic is going to change as pregnancy progresses. You’re still sharing it though, so you need to find a mattress that works for both of you.
While compromise is always a part of joint purchases like a mattress, the decision carries a little more weight during pregnancy. Consider a mattress that has adjustable settings for each side. Hopefully your comfort requirements won’t change as frequently as your cravings.
As a rule of thumb, soft mattresses tend to make your warmer. Firm ones keep you cool. On a soft mattress, you sink in and the slight envelopment of your body insulates you. Firm mattresses have minimum contact with your body and promote airflow.
With pregnancy comes temperature swings – the kind that can’t be fixed by sticking a foot out of the covers. Keep your sleeping temperatures in mind when choosing a mattress for pregnancy.
It may not feel like it at the time, but eventually, all pregnancies come to an end.
A mattress is an investment, though. They can be expensive since they’re meant to last for years. It doesn’t make sense to buy a mattress only for the duration of your pregnancy.
Be sure that the mattress you select is one you can see yourself continuing to enjoy after the whole ordeal is over.
Do you have any pre-existing health conditions such as spinal issues or obesity? You should take those into account when picking a mattress.
Consult your doctor, OB/GYN, or chiropractor as necessary.
With the above information, you should be ready to choose the ideal mattress for yourself. However… we understand that pregnant mothers have a lot on their plate. Researching mattresses is not very high on the list. Researching baby names is, though.
So, we took care of it for you! Here are our recommendations for the best mattresses for pregnancy.
These three mattresses represent a balance of quality, affordability, and maximum comfort.
In addition to being cozy, these mattresses are also free of any sketchy materials – there’s no formaldehyde, PBDEs, or heavy metals used in their construction. It’s better to be safe than sorry when your child is involved!
Here’s the breakdown on the pros and cons of each mattress.
Did you know that memory foam was invented in 1966? That was a long time ago. Have there really been no advances in mattress materials technology in the last 50 years?
Tuft & Needle asked the same question. Then, they developed their original Adaptive Foam.
The next step in mattress top tech, Adaptive foam is an improvement in almost every way. It provides support through resilient materials that press back – even while conforming to your body. It lasts for years longer than memory foam. Additionally, it avoids those inevitable imprints that are caused by repeated use.
Even better is that the Adaptive Foam is more breathable than memory foam. That helps you to regulate your temperature better.
Bonus: Tuft & Needle has a reputation for legendary customer service. Go ahead – read some reviews.
That level of friendly service is a breath of fresh air. It’s easy for online retailers to hide behind the computer screen, but Tuft & Needle is known for being responsive to every customer.
As with any product, users have different experiences.
Most complaints about this mattress say that it didn’t fix preexisting back pain. In fact, some people say it made it worse!
Whether or not it’s an issue caused by the Adaptive Foam is unclear. Fortunately, there is little risk to trying it out yourself – Tuft & Needle offers a generous 100 Night Sleep Trial!
This mattress is the most affordable option in this guide, but by no means sub-par. It boasts a thick memory foam designed to distribute weight evenly and support your body in any position.
Users report that the mattress is free of the chemical smell that accompanies shipped mattresses. That’s to be expected – the Signature Sleep Memoir mattress is made with eco-friendly materials.
The best feature of this mattress is the included mattress cover. It makes cleaning a breeze. You will no doubt become familiar with the process as your bed is exposed to lots of bodily fluids pre- and post-pregnancy.
It also comes in several thickness options. They range from 6 to 12 inches of memory foam on the base mattress. Thicker memory foam leads to a softer mattress experience. Keep that in mind if you like firm beds!
Online mattress retailers usually have a disclaimer reminding you to wait up to 72 hours for the mattress to unfold and inflate completely. A small portion of purchasers say that this mattress failed to inflate properly after that time period.
That’s one of the risks when ordering online, but it’s pretty uncommon. Fortunately, just about every seller will compensate you for a bad mattress.
Furthermore, some people have issues with the mattress holding odors. That’s a known problem for memory foam – the dense material traps scent and causes it to linger. Using the provided mattress cover should prevent lingering smells.
If you tend to sleep hot, you’ll want to think carefully about 12 inches of memory foam. Night sweating is a danger when you're enveloped in several inches of memory foam.
The Bear Mattress isn’t like the others on this list. Its primary audience is athletes.
However, anyone who’s gone through a pregnancy will tell you that completing daily tasks with that baby bump is an achievement worthy of a gold medal.
Expecting mothers do actually experience some of the same pains as an athlete. Joints and backs are common ailments for both groups. The Bear Mattress aims to alleviate those aches with a combination of state-of-the-art mattress technology and premium quality materials.
The first step is the one-of-a-kind Celiant cover that tops the mattress. Celiant is a clinically-proven, medical-grade fabric that promoting blood and oxygen flow in your skin. This helps athletes (and moms) recover more quickly.
Beneath that layer is a graphite-infused memory foam. Where normal memory foam mattresses have the drawback of trapping heat, this graphite gel works to keep you cool.
That’s a pretty big deal. No more choosing a spring mattress over memory foam because you overheat in your sleep.
Struggling to get out of bed when you feel sore is the worst. Thankfully, Bear Mattress has one more trick up their sleeve: a quick response foam that doesn’t leave you feeling stuck.
Many of the 5-star reviews attributed to this product have one complaint: they needed to buy a louder alarm clock to coax them out of bed.
This mattress is pricey, there’s no getting around that. Still, “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. It costs a pretty penny, but that’s the price for great sleep.
Also, be wary of the mattress if you’re not fond of firm beds. Many users felt it didn’t give enough. If you were hoping the bed would treat your stiffness, you might find it just makes things worse.
Several people reported having a bad time with customer service. You get 100 nights to figure it out but relying on them is dicey beyond the trial.
Now that you know what features to look for, as well as some candidates for pregnancy mattresses, you’re in a position to make a decision.
Pregnancy affects everyone differently. Heck, it can affect you differently several times a day. For many women, a well-rounded mattress will be the solution to comfort in these trying times.
For that reason, the Tuft & Needle is an excellent choice. It’s a popular mattress in general, preggers or not. The sheer number of units sold and the consistently positive reviews make it possibly the best mattress on the market.
Lord knows that having a kid is expensive, though. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to save a little cash by grabbing the Signature Sleep Memoir. Despite being cheap, it is a pretty decent mattress (when it inflates properly).
If you’re risk averse, you should probably skip the Signature Sleep Memoir mattress. It only has a one-year warranty. Both of the other options have 10-year warranties and 100-night sleep trials.
Then again, the Signature Sleep Memoir is cheap enough that it could be worth the chance that you might not like it.
If you led an active lifestyle before pregnancy (or during – you go girl!), the Bear Mattress should be high on your list. Loads of athletes rave about the improvement in sleep after switching. Even if you aren’t sporty in general – exercise is an important part of pregnancy recovery. It’ll be a god-send when you’re waking up sore every morning.
Remember also that one day in the far-distant future you will no longer be pregnant, but you’ll still be inclined to sleep. When that day comes, you’re still gonna be sleeping on this mattress. Consider investing in a quality mattress that you’ll still enjoy in five or ten years.
If you have other considerations to take into account (such as scoliosis) check out our other mattress guides. And here’s a little bonus for you to think about while you’re painting the nursery – crib mattresses!