Troubleshooting Your Bub's Maternity Pillow™

IN THIS PAGE

  1. Troubleshooting Back Pain
  2. Troubleshooting Hip/Pelvic Pain
  3. Troubleshooting Too Much Pressure
  4. Troubleshooting Not Enough Support
  5. Troubleshooting Pillow Too Firm

 

1. TROUBLESHOOTING BACK PAIN

If you've tried the Bub's Pillow for a few nights and notice that you're waking up with back pain, there are a few reasons why this could be:

1) Your pillows are too close together - too much wedge on your back

- Clip on how to adjust the length of your pillows.

2) Your back is too unsupported - add Auxiliary Pillow to your back

- Clip on how to properly use the Auxiliary Pillow on your back (gotta wedge it between the pillow and the back)

3) Your back pillow is too firm - remove stuffing

- Clip on how to remove stuffing

4) Your back pillow is positioned too high - test different heights

- Clip on how to slide the pillow higher or lower on your body

If you have tried all these suggestions yet you still wake up with back pain, it is likely that your back pain originates from what you do during the day, not while you sleep.

Don't worry! Our team put together an in-depth article explaining why this happens, how to troubleshoot it, and a few other proven solutions to help prevent and alleviate back pain during pregnancy.

Pregnancy & Back Pain: Why It Happens, And How To Fix It

 

2. TROUBLESHOOTING HIP/PELVIC PAIN

If you've tried been using the Bub's Pillow but you still can't seem to get rid of hip and/or pelvic pain, this could be due to a number reasons beyond the pillow.

The Bub's Pillow helps reduce hip & pelvic pain from sleeping in uncomfortable positions - however, not all hip pain in pregnancy comes from sleeping (in fact, most of it doesn't!)

Some moms will find that the Bub's Pillow is enough, others will need extra support.

The quickest way to help alleviate hip and pelvis discomfort at night is by adding enough cushioning between your legs so that your top leg is in a straight angle with your body, rather than falling toward your lower leg.

This is because with your pelvis loosening up its joints and ligaments to prepare for birth (thanks, hormones!), when sleeping on your side the weight of your upper leg will force your pelvis into an uncomfortable and unnecessary flexion over your body.

Image/Video/Gif showing you sleeping sideways with your top leg pressed against your bottom leg. It needs to be clearly seen that the upper leg is NOT in a straight angle with your spine, hence adding pressure to your hips and pelvis.

While the Auxiliary Pillow that comes with your Bub's Pillow provides some support, you may find more relief by using a thicker pillow that keeps your legs farther apart.

Image/Video/Gif showing the Auxiliary pillow inbetween the legs with still a slight angle on your upper leg vs your spine.

A regular pillow may be used between your legs. If this helps, then congratulations! Problem solved, now it's time to sleep...

Image/Video/Gif showing a regular AND folded up head pillow between the legs, showing a straighter angle with the spine

However, in our experience regular pillows can often get too hot, and sometimes itchy. If you can't seem to find a pillow that works for you, our breathable Bub's Full Body Attachment could be the perfect match for extra support on your legs, back, or front.

Image of the FBA attached to the BMP (curved downward) and locked between legs. Need to see the upper leg in a straight angle with the body.

If you have tried all these suggestions yet you still wake up with hip and/or pelvic pain, it is likely that this originates during the day, not while you sleep.

Don't worry! Our team put together an in-depth article explaining why this happens, how to troubleshoot it, and a few other proven solutions to help prevent and alleviate hip & pelvic pain during pregnancy.

Pregnancy & Hip/Pelvic Pain: Why It Happens, And How To Fix It

 

3. TROUBLESHOOTING TOO MUCH PRESSURE

If you feel like the Bub's Pillow is adding too much pressure to your bump and/or back, there could be a number of reasons with easy solutions:

1) Your pillows are too close together - too much pressure on your bump

- Clip on how to adjust the length of your pillows.

2) Your pillow is too firm - remove stuffing

- Clip on how to remove stuffing.

3) Your front pillow is positioned too high/low; test different heights

- Clip on how to slide the pillow higher or lower on your body

Note: We recommend you make small adjustments each time so you can find your perfect spot. This may take a bit of fiddling - don't worry, it will all be worth it when you get it right!

 

4. TROUBLESHOOTING NOT ENOUGH SUPPORT

If you feel like the pillows aren't providing enough support to either your bump or back;

1) Your pillows may be too far apart - too little wedge under your belly and back

- Clip on how to adjust the length of your pillows.

2) Your pillow may be too soft for you - add Auxiliary Pillow

- Clip on how to properly wedge the auxiliary pillow on front and back

3) Your front pillow may be too high/low on your body - test different heights

- Clip on how to slide the pillow higher or lower on your body

Note: We recommend you make small adjustments each time so you can find your perfect spot. This may take a bit of fiddling - don't worry, it will all be worth it when you get it right!

 

5. TROUBLESHOOTING PILLOW TOO FIRM

If you have already tried adjusting the length of the pillow, but you still feel like it is too firm and uncomfortable on your back or bump, you may benefit from adjusting the firmness of the pillow. See how:

Clip on how to remove stuffing

1) Unzip the cover of the pillow that feels too firm (front, back, or both)

2) Unzip the inner pillow and remove a small handful of stuffing

3) Zip it back up & fluff the pillows nicely to get them back to shape before laying on them again

Note: If you find that the pillow on your bump is too firm while the one on your back doesn't support enough, you can transfer some stuffing from one to the other. Keep in mind this will limit you to sleeping on one side only, or having to move the pillow entirely when you switch sides.

Note 2: We recommend you take small amounts of filling each time so you can find the perfect support for you. This may take a bit of fiddling - don't worry, it will all be worth it when you get it right!