Getting correct comfort when pregnant can be tricky at times. If you have a mattress that is getting to be uncomfortable, then it might be time to get a mattress topper or pad.
The difference between a topper vs. a pad is that a topper is usually for making a bed firmer and a mattress pad is made to make a mattress softer.
There do exist toppers that can make a mattress softer and mattress pad that can make a bed firmer. But you usually find pads = soft and toppers = firm.
What can a Topper/Pad Do for You?
A mattress topper or pad can give you the support and comfort you need for your changing body. Things like hip pain may become more noticeable and getting the correct topper can help with that.
There also exist many organic and natural solutions to that we go into more detail about below. Depending on the softness, your pains, and even odor can affect what pad or topper you buy. So, what should pregnant women consider when looking at toppers or mattress pads?
If you have hip pains, then a thick mattress topper is ideal. You’ll want something at least 3 inches thick to better cradle your body.
I would recommend getting a Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper like this one*. The gel does the best to keep you cool while you sleep. Nothing worse than waking up sweaty.
Make Mattress Softer
If you want to make your mattress softer than going with a Mattress Pad is the best way. If you want to go with the memory foam mattress topper, make sure to pay attention to the density as this determines the softness. The denser the foam the harder and firmer it is.
Sensitive to Odor
There is a big debate on mattress topper odors and being pregnant. The fear is the fact that some memory foam mattress toppers give off a chemical smell. This is “off-gassing” and its normal for most memory foam mattress toppers.
I’m not a doctor, so I can’t go into full details about this issue, but what I would recommend if this is an issue for you is to stay away from memory foam toppers. Of course, always ask your doctor about this before buying a topper to see what they have to say about it. Always try to buy a memory foam topper made in the USA since it has much more stringent certifications to go through before being sold.
The Best and Natural Solution
If odor, joint pains, and softness is an issue, then consider a Wool Mattress Pad. A wool mattress pad is one of the best options for many pregnant women.
I know what you’re thinking – wool sleeps hot!
Wool sleeping hot is not true. Wool is a miracle material that sleeps cool when it’s hot and sleeps warm when it’s cold. Wool is excellent at regulating body heat to keep you “just right.”
A wool topper combined with soft cotton like this one* can be one of the ideal mattress pads you can get for any bed.
A wool topper can be a great natural and organic solution for women who are pregnant. Many wool pads have organic cotton and an organic type of wool. Just watch out for fake wool toppers as they don’t work as well.
Wool is also perfect for dust mites and other allergies too. A wool topper is a miracle sleeping material!