We all know the important role that sleep has to play in our overall health and wellness, but sleep is especially important during pregnancy when sleep can be affected by the constant changes to the body.
Inability to get comfortable, changing body temperature and pregnancy insomnia are just some of the issues that have an impact on getting a good nights sleep while pregnant. Having the right mattress can help improve the chances of a restful sleep during pregnancy and many more nights of good sleep in the future.
In this guide, we offer some guidance on mattress options for pregnant women, starting with some frequently asked questions.
Is a different mattress essential whilst pregnant?
This depends on the condition of your current mattress. If you are ready to upgrade your mattress, this would be an ideal time to do so, ensuring you get as much restful sleep as possible during your pregnancy. However, if your current mattress is providing you with ample support and comfort, this is all you require. For those who have a perfectly good mattress, but require some additional support or comfort during pregnancy, mattress toppers offer a great short-term solution.
What are the best mattresses for pregnancy?
If you've decided it's definitely time to replace your mattress, memory foam mattresses are perfect for pregnancy and will still be comfortable when the baby arrives. This is because memory foam is great for equal weight distribution. Meaning there won't be too much pressure on one spot of the body, including joints. Since we tend to sleep on our side when pregnant, it can put a lot of pressure on the shoulder and hip joints. Sleeping on a weight receptive surface like memory foam will give you support where you need it and cushion everywhere else.
Tips for choosing a mattress while pregnant
With the changes to your body shape, you may not be able to sleep in the same position that you would usually find comfortable.
In addition to this, leg cramps, nausea, heartburn and insomnia are some of the other factors that pregnant women may come up against when they attempt to get a good night of rest.
The additional weight of a growing baby can put pressure on the back, so choosing a mattress that offers optimum support may help to relieve pressure and reduce back pain. Read more about the best mattresses for back pain here.
For those who sleep on their stomach, this will no longer be an option as your pregnancy belly continues to grow and you will need to adjust your sleeping position. In this instance, a mattress that is most suitable for back and side sleeps would be recommended. (Link to articles on back and side sleepers).
If you’re already upgrading your mattress, you may want to consider upsizing while you’re at it. An individual mattress will be sufficient for one individual and while a double mattress will accommodate two people, a larger King Size mattress or a Super King mattress will offer you the additional space to ensure a comfortable nights sleep for both you and your partner throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
Best Mattress Types for Pregnancy
DFI Recommends: Hybrid Mattress
A hybrid mattress provides the support system of a pocket sprung mattress system with the comfort and pressure relief of a memory foam topping layer, keeping the users spine aligned, while evenly supporting the weight of the body, making it a great option for pregnancy, particularly for those who don’t like the idea of an entirely memory foam mattress.
The composition and density of a memory foam mattresses can lead to an issue with breathability. Users can complain that the material holds in too much heat and reflect, which could be particularly undesirable during pregnancy when body temperature can be slightly elevated. DFI Beds Hybrid mattress offers cool cell memory foam topping, which channels additional warmth out and eliminates issues of overheating for a better night’s sleep.
Why is a hybrid mattress good for pregnant women?
- Pocket sprung section provides even distribution of weight and support of the mid-section
- Memory foam topping keeps spine in neutral alignment
- Pressure relief for back, hips and joints
- Medium level of firmness
- Cool cell memory foam topping in the hybrid mattress for DFI Beds limits heat retention
We believe a hybrid mattress is the best mattress type for the majority of pregnant women.
Option 2: Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam mattresses are known for offering an excellent base of firm support, thanks to how the material reacts to pressure and heat, changing shape to fit the sleeper’s body, offering close contouring, while being comfortable for the sleeper. They provide great weight distribution, perfect to support your changing weight during this time.
In addition to the above, one of the other benefits of memory foam is that it offers excellent motion isolation. Motion isolation refers to how well a mattress absorbs or isolates motion and in the case where there are two individuals sharing a bed, how well the mattress prevents your motion from reaching your partner. With excellent motion isolation, memory foam mattresses mean you and your partner are less likely to disturb one another when moving or tossing and turning during the night (a common theme during pregnancy!), which is one less thing to worry about.
With memory foam beds, some users can experience issues with breathability, finding that the memory foam material retains and reflects too much heat, however, the DFI Beds memory foam mattress is made with cool cell memory foam which channels additional warmth out and eliminates issues of overheating.
Why is a memory foam mattress good for pregnant women?
- Memory foam mattress offers even weight distribution for superior comfort
- Support of a memory foam mattress keeps spine in neutral alignment
- Memory foam provides excellent lumbar support for lower back pain relief
- Relieves pressure points on back, hips and joints
- DFI Beds memory foam mattresses are made from cool cell memory foam to limit heat retention
You can learn more about each mattress type, the levels of support provided and more mattress buying tips in our How To Pick The Best Mattress guide.