Now, before you get too hot under the collar, let me be clear from the start. We haven’t invited one of our new NCT friends around for a steamy ménage à trois. Nor am I going to discuss with you the pros and cons of co-sleeping with a new baby. No, this post is about an entirely different kind of three-way; the one my wife and I are currently engaging in nightly…with our new pregnancy pillow.
Like all real-life threesomes (or so I’ve heard) my wife took some persuading before she agreed to welcome this third party into our marital bed.
“It’s enormous!” she said (about the pillow), after we were generously sent the Original Theraline Maternity & Nursing Pillow, to review during month five of our pregnancy.
“I don’t know what to do with it?! Is it meant to be this hard?” (Again, talking about the pillow…)
Unsure myself, I coaxed her onto the bed and urged her to at least give it a try.
But after experimenting with a few different positions, and even watching an instructional video online, she still couldn’t quite get her head around the concept. Deflated, with my fragile dad blogger ego ever so slightly bruised, it was only as I packed away the pillow that I read the instructions;
“The best time to start using the pillow is in the 6th – 7th month of your pregnancy.”
Ah…we’d jumped the gun. I was clearly way too eager to get this three-way off the ground.
But, as you might expect, during the four weeks that followed, our pregnancy developed significantly. My wife’s bump experienced another growth spurt, her back ache grew more severe and a comfortable night’s sleep became an all but distant memory. She needed extra support and she needed it fast.
Cue the victorious re-emergence of our new pregnancy pillow; which, as it turned out, was perfectly suited in every way for the job in hand.
You see, the Original Theraline Maternity & Nursing Pillow is different to others on the market. While it looks, from my inexperienced new dad perspective, like a giant boomerang-shaped bean bag, the Theraline pillow is actually made up of millions of tiny, lightweight micro beads.
This specially designed beady filling allows the pillow to perfectly mould to the shape of a woman’s body during pregnancy, whatever position she’s in, thus providing the ultimate support for her bump, legs or back. What’s more, it’s anti-allergenic, super cosy, breathable, machine-washable and will even double up as a baby feeding pillow after our little one’s arrival. A serious multi-tasker!
Needless to say, after a somewhat reluctant start, it has truly become a permanent fixture in our pregnancy; not just in our bedroom, I might add, but in our daily lives as well.
I come home from work; she has the pillow wrapped around her as a back support on the sofa.
Long drive? The pillow comes too, for added comfort in the passenger seat.
Time for bed? The Theraline pillow rests between us, without fail, every single night.
At times I’ve wondered whether my wife’s relationship with said pillow is verging on obsessive. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that a threesome had caused tension in an otherwise happy marriage; inciting feelings of jealousy, as one participant inevitably feels like a spare wheel, while the other two are off spooning on the other side of the bed.
But in all honesty, I don’t mind too much. It’s been a huge comfort to her and has afforded me the pleasure of being able to sleep, uninterrupted, on my back every night!
Plus, it turns out that my wife isn’t the only one to love sleeping with our new friend…
Just 5 weeks and 1 day left to go until we meet our new baby (and I am, at last, able to reclaim the Theraline pillow for myself)!
Seriously, if you are in the market for a pregnancy pillow, you can’t go wrong with this one. Available to buy here, in a range of different fabrics and designs, for just £44.95.
So do have a pregnancy pillow yourself? What is your favourite way to use it? Are there any other dads out there who have tried it out for themselves? As always, we’d love to hear what you think so please do share your stories with the Group via the comments section below!