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I am currently working on the tedious task of video editing. I had a 4-D/3-D ultrasound this past Tuesday and I'm trying to shorten the recorded session into shorter video clips. It's been a learning process as I had to find a way to convert the original video file into a new format, take the new format and find a decent video editing program, then learn how to use the editing program without previous training or urge to use the help button. Luckily I'm pretty good a fiddling around and coming up with solutions. However, now that I have everything I need to do what I want, it is taking a bit more time in the manipulation portion of the project. So instead of making everyone wait a few more days for another post, which is going to be a totally awesome one I promise, I decided to take a short detour and offer up a review of the body pillows I have used during my pregnancy. While I have never been a product reviewer, I figured I'd give it a whirl and see how it goes. So here we go, my uber fun body pillow review! Let's get going!
|I wonder which way I'll go?
First off, the Snoogle.
|This is how it looks on the shelf
I have a horrible problem with rolling over onto my back while sleeping. Now this is not so much a problem normally, but starting in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy it can become an issue. Once you start to gain all that baby belly, sleeping on the back can cause low blood pressure, can decrease circulation to your heart and your baby, and can also screw up your breathing and digestive system. Basically, this position causes your newly added weight to crush upon your intestines and major blood vessels such as the aorta and vena cava. In the simplest terms, you shouldn't do it. However, if you are like myself, you have absolutely no control of what you do in your sleep. I usually always fall asleep on my side and wake up on my back. This is most likely due to old dance injuries acting up when lying in certain positions for too long. Both my knees and hips have pretty good damage to them from my once being a career ballet dancer. At night, whilst sleeping, they both tend to get achy if I've been in one position for too long. Therefore my subconscious response to the pain is to roll over on my back to alleviate the pressure on my joints. Well this was all fine and dandy pre-pregnancy, but not now! So to make a long story short, I needed a body pillow that would prevent me from rolling onto my back, that's it. Of course comfort was also key, but the prevention of back sleeping was the number one must-have result. Okay, back to the Snoogle review.
I ran across the Snoogle initially at Babies "R" Us and liked the looks of it. However, it's price tag left something to be desired. $70? Seriosuly? After seeing the price I passed up buying the Snoogle on the first go around. I was only in my first trimester, so I still had time to shop around. About a month later I went maternity shopping at Destination Maternity, one of the very few maternity shops we have here locally. Low and behold they had the Snoogle and it was only around $55. Still not a great price, but doable considering I was quite anxious at this point to find a pillow. So I went ahead, bit the bullet, and bought it.
To be totally honest, I absolutely loved it! It had a great shape, was very supportive and comfortable, and it could be used it a ton of different positions.
|Nice shape (fashionable cover sold separately)
|So many options!
|This is a great one!
|Take notice of the standard sleeping positions.
Don't get me wrong, this is an awesome body pillow that I would highly recommend for pregnant women who don't have the same problem with the back sleeping that I do. And it is such a great pillow just for everyday use, too. My mom ended up buying herself one cause she liked mine so much. Hell, I gave mine to my dad once I decided I needed a different pillow. Now both my parents sleep in their bed with a Snoogle. How's that for comfort!
|Yep, that's my dad and his Snoogle...and Sage the cat.
While it wasn't absolutely 100% perfect for my needs, I would still give it 8.5 out of 10 stars. I am basically deducting one point for not working for the back and half a point for price. Although, if you shop around a bit, there may be better pricing out there as long as shipping doesn't get in the way.
|Almost perfect, bu not quite.
Okay, onto to the next pillow!
Upon determining that the Snoogle just wasn't cutting the mustard in regards to the back sleeping problem, I went on a search for another pillow that might work for my needs. This time I was bit more cautious regarding the shape of the pillow, for now I knew more of what I was looking for...something I could either adjust easily, or something that was equally supportive of my back regardless which side I chose to sleep on.
This was a tough search as once again there was no place locally that had any sort of decent body pillow inventory and it is very difficult to get a good idea of firmness and size via the internet, but what can you do, right? So I scoured the internet and finally, remarkably, came across a pillow that looked perfect!
|This looks promising!
When I received it and opened the package, this pillow was even larger than I expected. This could be an issue for some of you gals out there, especially if you have a bed mate who isn't covered in fur. I am single so the fact that it took up over half of the bed, which is a full size at this point, wasn't a problem for me. Sure my two cats had less space, but my comfort is just slightly more important right now. This particular pillow also comes in four different colors. I chose the baby blue as in the pic above, and I love the color. I find it quite soothing and much better than the plain white Snoogle I had. Then again, for the price, I guess I could have bought myself a fashion cover for the Snoogle. Anyway, it also comes in white, almond, and espresso just in case you were wondering. Besides the availability of various colors without an extra price tag for them, the cover on this pillow easily zips off for cleaning. Once again, this feature is very nice to have and a must for any body pillow as you will need to wash it once in awhile.
|If you have one of these, you will need to clean!
|That's my kind of pillow!
In the end, the Today's Mom pillow ended up solving my back sleeping problem. As time has moved along, it has also gotten more and more comfortable. The initial feeling of the pillow has changed quite a bit. The more I use it the more it seems to conform to my own body and needs. It also has helped eliminate most of the achy joint issues I previously had. There is something about the angles it keeps my knees and hips at, some unique type of support, that has reduced the number of times I feel the urge to roll over due to cramping. That is a blessing that was totally unexpected and much appreciated.
I will say one last thing about the Today's Mom pillow regarding it's size. It is VERY large! Since I use it under the blankets, at first I had to roll over the top of the pillow to get out of bed to pee during the night...and this happens more and more frequently now that I'm in my third trimester. Needless to say, that was a bitch and a half, but doable. Eventually, however, this problem lessened with use. Now I can simply flip the side pillow upwards, much like bending it at the "elbow," and simply get out of bed without having to roll across the top of it. So if you decide to get this pillow and the getting out of bed thing bothers you, trust me it will work itself out with time and use.
Overall, I would give the Today's Mom pillow 9.5 out of 10 stars. I was going to take off a whole star for price. However, even though it was pricier, because it solved my back sleeping problem and magically helped my achy joints it got an extra half star for surprise extra comfort.
|Totally worth the money!
I hope this review comes in handy for someone. No I am not getting any royalties from the makers of these pillows to say anything. I wish I was! In the end, it's just me killing time and offering up a hopefully useful tidbit while you wait on the next blog entry. I actually enjoyed doing this, though. I may just end up trying my hand at some more reviews as time goes on. I'm sure once I get this little girl out into the world there will be a thousand and one products that either impress me or piss me off. We'll all just have to wait and see if I bring reviews into my blogs. Definitely couldn't hurt to throw some variation into the mix!
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