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11 Best Pregnancy Sleeping Aids of 2024

Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Schlette, MSN, RN
11 products that can help you get some much deserved rest.

Between us all, our team of moms has birthed a lot of babies, and we’ve tried a lot of products marketed to help us sleep better during pregnancy. We know the challenge of trying to get comfortable with a growing belly and a kicking baby inside.

Although there is a whole range of products designed around helping pregnant mamas get some sleep, we can attest that only a few of them are truly helpful.

We’ve spent hours researching and sleep-testing all the newest products — and some old faithful ones too. From pillows to white noise machines to bedsheets, we compared them all.

As a result, we’ve created this list of 11 of the best pregnancy sleeping aids, so you can finally get a good night’s sleep.

Key Takeaways

  • Maternity pillows, like U-shaped, C-shaped, and inflatable pillows, can help support your body and improve comfort during pregnancy.
  • Bamboo sheets and breathable pajamas can help regulate temperature, while cooling pillows can provide relief from overheating.
  • Sound machines can block external noises and help you sleep more soundly.
  • Melatonin moisturizers, prenatal teas, and tummy drops may help improve sleep, but always consult your physician before using them.

How To Get Comfortable

Maternity pillows are the saving grace of any mama-to-be experiencing troublesome sleep before their baby is born. They come in all shapes and sizes and for every trimester and preferred sleeping position — yes, even stomach-sleepers.

Full body pillows are specifically designed to help support your back and hips, relieve pain, and align your body properly. They come in several different varieties, each with unique shapes and benefits.

1. The U-Shaped Body Pillow

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Being pregnant loses some of its rosy glow when you’re struggling to sleep for hours every night. A full-body maternity pillow can help you find a comfortable position and give support in every troublesome area.

The U-shaped pillow’s unique shape is perfect for women who usually sleep on their sides or backs.

2. The C-Shaped Body Pillow

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Found a little earlier in the pillow alphabet, the C-shaped maternity pillow is an excellent alternative to the all-around support a full-body maternity pillow gives.

A C-shaped pillow hugs one side of your body and supports your hips and lower back when used properly. Some C-shaped pillows even come with a wedge.

3. The Inflatable Pregnancy Pillow

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Stomach sleepers rejoice! You no longer have to give up your favorite sleeping position because of your growing belly.

These pillows sit on top of your regular mattress like an air mattress and feature a designated cove for your bump.

4. The Wedge

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Instead of spending a pretty penny on a huge maternity pillow, you can get a small wedge that goes under your hips and tummy comfortably. Wedges are more cost-effective and versatile for this reason.

Sometimes all you need to get comfy is extra support for your hips and growing belly, and the wedge pillow is wonderful at providing that. It will also help you stay in place instead of rolling over.

How To Beat Overheating

Many pregnant women face a major problem staying cool, especially at night. As comforting as they are, pillows and blankets only make it worse.

Overheating and temperature discomfort could be why you can’t catch those precious hours of sleep.

Changing a few small things may help ease the burden of heat and humidity.

1. Bamboo Sheets

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In the summertime, bamboo sheets are an excellent investment for anyone, pregnant or not. Since they’re made of natural fiber, they help regulate your temperature, wick away moisture, and are extremely breathable and soft.

You can continue to snuggle in without waking up sweating during your five nightly pee breaks.

2. Breathable Pajamas

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Bamboo is also an excellent fabric choice for your PJs. Lightweight, bamboo maternity pajamas offer many of the same benefits as bamboo sheets. They wick away moisture and are soft as anything!

As a bonus, pregnancy-specific designs will often include easy access to the breast for nursing when your little one arrives. You can have comfortable, breathable pajamas that last from the third trimester to the hospital and back home with your baby.

3. Cooling Pillow

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If all else fails, a cooling pillow can bring you relief. These specialty pillows include cooling gel and memory foam and have unique features to allow improved airflow through the pillow.

You can only turn a regular pillow over so many times until neither side is cool, so this is a good way to stay happy throughout the night.

How To Sleep More Soundly

It’s not always the thoughts in your head keeping you awake — sometimes, it’s the outside world. When you’re already uncomfortable and struggling to sleep, even passing cars or the night sounds of your home can keep you wide awake.

At times like these, it helps to drown out your worries with white noise. Sound machines help eliminate many exterior noises and help soothe anxiety and your need for stimulation.

Use a Sound Machine

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If you choose a sound machine to provide background noise to help cart you off to dreamland, you can go simple or fancy. Some machines will generate different pitches of white noise. Others offer nature sounds.

From one pregnant mother to another, I’d suggest avoiding waterfall noises. You’ll be making enough trips to the bathroom without the added encouragement of raindrops!

Budgeting Tip

Some free apps exist that will also generate white noise. Download them onto your phone, link them to any home speaker, and drift away!

Other Pregnancy Sleep Aids

Some sleep aids belong entirely in a league of their own and defy categorization. If you’re already using pregnancy pillows, bamboo sheets, and a sound machine — you aren’t out of options yet!

1. Melatonin Moisturizers

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Melatonin-infused creams can help soothe your body, enhance skin regeneration and hydration, and prevent itching — all while helping you sleep. They’re good for you, your skin, and your sleeping habits.

We love how melatonin moisturizers soothe our skin, making it feel so soft and relieving any dryness. But it also eases our mind, helping us drift off to sleep and leaving us happier and healthier in the morning.

Take Note

Melatonin isn’t for everyone. Always consult with your physician before applying melatonin to your skin or ingesting it as a supplement.

2. Prenatal Teas

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As you’re probably already aware, you should avoid caffeine as much as possible while pregnant, which is why many people avoid tea. However, caffeine-free herbal teas can be both safe and beneficial for pregnancy insomnia.

Relaxing with a cup before bed can help your body get on the right track sooner, allowing you to fall asleep faster. Consult with your doctor about which herbal teas are safe during pregnancy before using them.

3. Tummy Drops

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The term “morning sickness” is a bit of a misdirect because that lovely wave of nausea can hit any time, including the middle of the night.

If you suffer from horrible heartburn, morning sickness, and general digestive problems, natural tummy drops may help.

Pillow Power

You can also get a different kind of wedge pillow designed to prop you up and ease acid reflux. Your standard wedge pillow will work for this too!


Why Can’t I Sleep At Night During Pregnancy?

Insomnia during pregnancy can be from hormonal changes, increased urination, back pain, heartburn, and anxiety. The growing baby and changes in body posture can also impact sleep.

Can I Take a Sleep Aid Every Night While Pregnant?

Talk to your doctor before taking any medication while pregnant. Some sleep aids may be safe occasionally, but avoiding dependency or overuse is important.

Can I Take Ambien While Pregnant?

Ambien should only be taken during pregnancy if clearly needed and prescribed by a doctor, as there are potential risks to the fetus.

Is Unisom or Benadryl Better During Pregnancy?

Both are sometimes recommended for occasional use in pregnancy, but always under the guidance of a doctor. Individual factors might make one preferable over the other for a specific person.

What Is the Best Over-the-counter Sleep Aid While Pregnant?

A lot of doctors recommend Unisom (doxylamine) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for occasional insomnia, but you should always consult your family doctor for personalized advice.

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Medically Reviewed by

Jennifer Schlette, MSN, RN

Jennifer Schlette MSN, RN, is a pediatric intensive care nurse at Children's Hospital of New York for the past 14 years. Jennifer also has extensive experience teaching Maternity and Obstetric Nursing, as well as Pediatrics Nursing.