During both my pregnancies sleep eluded me – the more pregnant I was, the less sleep I got. It seemed cruel when mothers with older children (usually with adult children) would say “Sleep now, you’ll need it." I knew they were right, but it seemed like there was nothing I could do to fix it. I was lucky enough to be lent a giant pregnancy pillow both times. The first was one of those C-shaped pillows, which allowed me to get semi-comfortable up until I was late into my third trimester. In my recent pregnancy, I received a king sized pillow that I used to bolster myself along with my Blessed Nest nursing pillow. I flipped and flopped, and turned and tossed, staying awake meditating a good portion of every night. Turns out for me those moms were right, I got more sleep while I was pregnant than I do with an infant and toddler--but that’s not saying much. If I’m ever pregnant again, I know I’d treat myself right and invest in a Lotus Leaf system!
What's To Love?:
What’s to love?Designed by a massage therapist/doula/mama specifically for pregnant women (up to 6 weeks post-partum). The Lotus Leaf system supports side sleeping and utilizes materials free of harmful flame retardants. It’s made in the U.S.A. with latex foam wedges, recycled polyfil pillows, and modal fabric for the covers (which are washable).
What’s not to love?Not much. For pregnant mamas looking for sleep solutions this system is a great buy and as eco-friendly as it can be at this time. But the price could be restrictive for many. It’s an investment, and for those in need of sleep it could be very worth the sticker shock. This system is now available for purchase nationally and internationally. It is also intentionally designed to come apart for regular use after your little one arrives. Unzip the pillow cases, and the system comes apart to become two king pillows, two queen pillows and one contoured pillow that can be used for travel.
The risks associated with not getting enough sleep are getting more press lately, and impact us at every age. According to Lotus Leaf, studies suggest that the sleep mamas get (especially in their third trimester) has an impact fetal health and delivery outcomes.
Easy to set –up, carefully designed for pregnant bodies, and designed with an after-life in mind, this is some much more than a standard pregnancy pillow.
Made in the USA, from eco-conscious materials. The carbon footprint of this pillow was considered in its design and creation.
While this sleep system is designed to meet some very specific needs, its also design with re-use in mind, break it down and enjoy the pillows individually. The polyfil found within the pillows is flame-retardant free, and recycled from polycarbonate bottles. The latex used is 100% natural rubber rather than fossil-fuel based foam.
Considering the price of pillows and pregnancy pillows, added up – if you get some additional sleep during and directly after your pregnancy, the price isn’t prohibitive for this mama.