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I bought this pillow from Mothercare for about £40, as a mixture of back ache and pelvic pain from SPD was making it extremely difficult to sleep. I'm really glad I bought this pillow. So far it hasn't lost it's shape or padding and definitely helps me to get comfortable. The curved front section tucks nicely under the bump to stop the weight from pulling down on it and becoming achy, and also curves through between my legs - which helps to keep my hips in line and also helps to keep me cool by stopping my legs from touching. Because the pillow is flexible the curved bit between your legs can be moved to be as high up as the top of your thighs, or can be left lower down between your knees. The back section of this pillow is good for tucking into the small of my back and making it feel a bit more supported, but is unfortunately definitely not enough to stop me rolling over it in the middle of the night. Also, as good as this pillow is, there are times when I will use other pillows as well - for example behind my back or between my ankles - to make me that bit more comfortable. So, on its own it's not a total solution for me, but it definitely helps. And I figure that having to move one dreamgenii and one regular pillow when I roll over is a lot better than having to sumo-wrestle 4 cushions around the bed!
The dreamgenii Pregnancy Support and Feeding Pillow is designed for helping both with restful sleep in pregnancy, and more comfortable support for you and your baby whilst feeding postnatally. How does it claim to aid pregnancy sleep? - The dreamgenii pillow is designed to support you whilst you sleep on your left hand side, which is thought to help with optimal foetal positioning (getting your baby into a good position for an easier labour), and also to aid blood flow to the placenta. It does this by having two supports - one for your back, to prevent you rolling over onto you back or right hand side, and another for your bump. There is also a longer piece of pillow which is designed to support your pelvis whilst you sleep - you place this between your knees and it prevents your pelvis from becoming misaligned whilst you sleep. How does it claim to provide feeding support - The pillow is designed to support your back whilst feeding your baby, and to keep them at the correct height for easier feeding. What I liked about the dreamgenii pillow - In principle the pillow is a great design. I do try to sleep on my left hand side whilst pregnant, so anything that will help me do that and keep me comfortable is considered a godsend. Also, if you suffer from symphysis pubic disfunction during pregnancy the extra pevis/ leg support it offers is invaluable. The pillow offers the added advantage of being easily machine washable, and comes with a washable cover. Where I think that the dreamgenii pillow could be improved - In two words, the quality. Whilst the design is very good, the in-built support provided by the pillow is weak, which meant that it didn't really keep me and my bump in the right position. Likewise, I found the leg/ pelvis support to be insufficient, so I ended up ditching the dreamgenii and resorting to using normal pillows. I also found the stitching on the pillow cover to be weak - disappointing for the price. Unfortunately I can't comment on its merits as a feeding pillow as I have just sold it on eBay in an attempt to cut my losses. The dreamgenii retails at approximately £40, and is available from large babycare retailers for example Mothercare or Kiddicare. I think that for the quality it is shockingly expensive compared to their competitors in the support pillow market. It's a real shame as I love the design, but the quality/ support provided by the pillow needs to be sufficiently beefed up before I could recommend it to anyone.
As you grow during your pregnancy you will find it harder to get comfortable in bed. With this in mind once I entered second trimester I treated myself to this pillow. The pillow is in a y shape with a small amount of padding at either side at the top which should support your back and keep you in the best position. The tail of the y is used to support your bump and knees. Ideally you should sleep on your left side as this promoted better blood supply to the baby. As I was quite small size 8-10 pre pregnancy the small amount of top padding was sufficient to keep me in place. Now I am in third trimester the padding is fairly easy to roll over. Therefore I would be cautious if ordering in your third trimester. During second trimester the long tail of the y gave me support for my bump however again as I have grown I find there is just too much padding to lie my bump comfortably on. I do have a big bump but I don't think I am an abnormal size! Again if you have a big bump this pillow may not be that suitable. I developed spd during my pregnancy which means my hips get quite sore. This pillow did provide some support and comfort but only for a limited time. Now in third trimester quite often I end up pushing it out of my bed and just using a normal pillow. I bought my pillow from Amazon and also purchased a spare pillow cover at the same time. I got the plain White as the pillow was kept under the covers and not on display although you can spend a bit extra and get a patterned pillow cover. The pillow costs just under £40 and the plain pillow case about £8 but the patterned ones are almost twice the price. With the odd shape of the pillow it does take a bit of practice to get the pillow case on. So would I buy it again? Well it did provide support and helped keep me on my left side However it was quite expensive for something that I outgrew in a few months. The pillow can be used as a nursing pillow so I hope to be able to use it more productively. When using it as a nursing pillow the long tail of the y wraps around your front giving support to the baby. As my born has been born yet I can't comment on the effectiveness of this aspect however I should be able to report back in a couple of weeks time.
Having gone through my first pregnancy without a hitch and I naively thought that all my pregnancies would be like that. Wrong! I fell pregnant with our second son and by the 20 week mark I'd already had enough! I'd been diagnosed with sciatica and I permanently felt in agony, everywhere hurt! My hips and pelvis in particular were causing me trouble and it was impossible to get comfortable in bed. I spotted the dreamgeniii in Mothercare on offer, down from £45 to £39.99 and I'd heard positive things about it so thought it was worth a try. My poor long suffering husband was that fed up of my moaning that even he agreed that it was worth £40 to get me to shut up. The one I bought had one plain white pillow cover, but you can buy more covers as spares when it needs a wash. These retail for between £10 and £20...not the cheapest but needs must. It comes in a plastic carrier which is handy if you're staying away from home. The basic idea of the Dreamgenii is to support your back, bump and knees while you sleep. It's designed to be used for lying on your left side, which is recommended in pregnancy. It's hard to describe the appearance - so bear with me! It has a short padded section which is designed to fit against the small of your back; the section that goes underneath your side is flat, and then you have the long padded section that you wrap around your bump and between your knees. So...the verdict. Well firstly the back support was pretty useless. It didn't come high enough to provide adequate support. It supposedly was meant to stop you rolling over in your sleep, to help you lie on your left side - both to encourage the baby into the right position for labour and to maximise the blood flow to mum and baby. Which is great...if it worked! Like I said, it wasn't high enough or thick enough to do the job properly and I still kept rolling over in my sleep, and grumpily waking up with it wedged beneath me. Cue lots of sighing and wriggling trying to get myself back into the right position. The long padded "sausage" shape left me similarly frustrated. I was hoping that it would fit under my bump but it was too padded to do that comfortably, yet it was not padded enough to provide adequate comfort between my knees. More often than not I would wake up uncomfortable and ended up throwing it out the bed and using regular pillows between my knees instead. I preferred thick cushions that I could cuddle up against to get truly comfortable. And as for the claim of helping the baby get into position for an easier, quicker labour? Hmmph. I was in latent labour for three days, not helped by the fact that the little monkey was in the back to back position, not the optimal position the manufacturers of Dreamgenii claimed he would be in! So to sum up - Did it help my sciatica and pelvic pain - no Did it help with sleepless nights - no Was it comfortable - no Did it help bubs get into the right position - no Was it worth it worth £40 - no Did it stop me moaning to my husband - no
After struggling with my first pregnancy (i suffered a misplaced pelvis) i decided to buy a dream genii with my second pregnancy, I looked around for the best price and finally found one in tkmaxx for £35 in a special edition pattern. I couldn't wait to try it out! I took it out was have to admit, was slightly suprised by the lack of filling put into it. That night i tried and tried to get comfy on it but it irritated me. Each night i would try to lie as suggested (tuck leg under and one over with back resting on the back part etc) I am a small lady,and even when pregnant the top part was too wide for me and didn't support my back at all, i tucked part under but it bugged me too much. I ended up tucking my quilt between my leg and finally bought a cheap wedge pillow to stick under my bump. Would i buy one again, probably not!
I found Dreamgenii to be extremely good whilst pregnant. It gave me support in all the right places and was comforting as I wrapped it around me. Also it made a great breastfeeding support pillow so I really think it is worth the money.
BASICS: I bought my Dreamgenii early on in my second trimester after I was beginning to find sleeping uncomfortable, mainly because of sciatica. I purchased it from Mamas and Papas for £45, which is probably at the top end of what they retail for (especially once the £5 postage is included) - more out of laziness than for any other reason. M&P took a nightmare 4 weeks to deliver it, but that's another review.... The Dreamgenii is marketed as a pregnancy support and nursing pillow (more on the latter later...) that's non-bulky, doesn't restrict movement or take up half of the bed whilst supporting bump, back and knees. THE LOOK: Rather 'unique' as the manufactures put it: a 95cm long pillow sausage that curves around to the right (enabling you to pop it between your legs), a slightly padded 'dip' in which you nestle extending at a right angle with 'ballast' at one end that supposedly stops you from rolling over. FUNCTIONALITY: I would love to be writing a review that raves about this product - apart from anything else it would mean I got a few good nights sleep in my pregnancy - but I absolutely hated it. I get the feeling that it's something of a marmite product as I've friends who love it, but these are equalled by those who hate it. First of all, the product is marketed as being non-restrictive whilst ensuring you don't roll on your back (quite how those two things tally I'm not sure). In fact, the back ballast was completely useless for me (it wasn't bulky enough) meaning that I managed to quite happily roll onto my back before being woken by the discomfort of the bulk underneath me. Meanwhile, the sausage shaped part was extremely restrictive in terms of movement. So I was often woken up in the night out of discomfort produced by the Dreamgenii (and usually it ended up being (a) thrown over my husband or (b) out of the bed. The pillow is intended to make you lie on your left hand side, to encourage baby into the right position for delivery and maximise blood supply to you and baby (it's very easy to end up lying with baby's weight constricting blood vessels in pregnancy). Both undoubtedly super things. But as I increasingly tried to avoid using the pillow they caused my husband to nag me increasingly to use it to do the best by baby..... grrrr. Most irritating. Also, I didn't ever find that the sausage part of the pillow supported my bump. It was too thick to fill the gap between my bump and the bed; this is possibly just an ideosyncratic feature of my bump shape - but I think the wedge type shape would have been much better for me. So far as its functionality as a feeding support pillow is concerned, it always felt infinitely inferior to the cut-out-circular-shape. Maybe I'm just innately suspicious of 2 in 1 type products, but I did feel that this functionality was something of an afterthought.
Great product - well worth the price as you can use it after the birth too. I bought my pillow early on in pregnancy to get used to it and to get my moneys worth! Great for supporting your back whilst you sleep in the recommended position on your left which encourages the baby into a good position for birth. I took mine on holiday and to the hospital - it was a great home comfort to add to the hospital bag, especially as it can be used to support the baby (and your back!) when breastfeeding. I also used it as a little support when my son was very small (and awake!) so that he didn't have to lie flat all the time, this was really good as he had reflux and to begin with also didn't like to be on his front, therefor giving him a bit of time without too much pressure on the back of his head. Very soft and can be transported quite easily . They do great funky covers now too! Recommended!
A versatile pillow to aid restful sleep when pregnant and a comfortable feeding pillow once baby is born. Its unique shape promotes sleep on your left hand side, the gentle back support discourages rolling onto your back during the night and the leg suppo