Best Mattress for Pregnancy

February 12, 2021

Best Mattress for Pregnancy

When you're pregnant, getting quality sleep can be challenging. When you’re pregnant, you experience many different things — like a changing body, aches and pains, sensitivities to smells and noises, and other symptoms that can interfere with your sleep. So, it's important you get as much restful sleep as you can, since sleep disturbances during the third trimester could impact labor and delivery negatively.

If you're pregnant, choosing the best mattress is essential to help provide comfort, and minimize sleep disturbances during your pregnancy and once your little one is born.

There are various things to look for in a good mattress when you're pregnant. For instance, pregnant women are often recommended to sleep on their side, but their mattresses aren't as comfortable as they would be if they slept on their stomach or back. Mattress firmness is an important feature to look for. Other features to take into account are:

  • Pressure relief
  • Back support
  • Temperature regulation
  • Sleeping position
  • Cooling abilities
  • Motion isolation
  • And more

With all of these and more factors coming into play, it can feel overwhelming trying to determine which type of mattress is best when you're pregnant.

Why Latex Mattresses Are the Best Mattresses for Pregnancy

Latex is ideal for pregnant women. Latex offers isolated movement and contouring support as well as organic materials. When it comes to mattresses, latex is used as the support core, and in the comfort layers. It can be synthetic, or natural. Obviously, natural latex is best during pregnancy.

Natural latex is durable, breathable, and very responsive. It contours, helping to relieve pressure points; however, it can also be crafted in a firmer version to offer a stable support core.

Some benefits of latex mattresses are:

  1. Contouring

Mattresses that contour to your body's shape provide a customized feel. Not to mention, contouring also helps to relieve pressure points, and eases minor aches and pain. While memory foam does provide contouring properties, if it conforms too closely, it could restrict airflow. Latex is a more breathable option; therefore, it's not as likely to restrict airflow and retain heat, but it still contours to your body's shape.

  1. Organic Materials

There are many benefits to an organic latex mattress, such as:

  • GOTS-certified organic mattresses don't include pesticides, formaldehyde, or chemical flame retardants.
  • Natural latex doesn't contain the toxic chemicals you often find in many foam mattresses.
  • Organic wool typically acts as a natural flame barrier.

These three benefits alone are very appealing to either pregnant women, or those spending time in bed with their new babies.

Also, while the exact impact of environmental pollutants that could be passed from mothers to their newborns aren't known, there have been studies that found flame retardant chemicals (PBDE or polybrominated diphenyl ether) in the breast milk of women.

Many synthetic mattresses contain PBDEs (not latex mattresses).

Other studies have also found evidence of microplastics in the human placenta, which could partially come from adhesives. For instance, glues often used in the construction of mattresses could cause certain significant side effects. Many types of glue produce off-gassing that's bad enough on its own. But, when you combine pregnancy and allergies and sensitive sinuses with off-gassing, it can be a nightmare. This is greatly improved, since glue is skipped with natural latex mattress construction.

  1. Temperature Regulation and Breathability

Temperature regulation helps prevent overheating. In a latex mattress, it's a common feature. Natural latex is breathable, and doesn't "sleep hot" like memory foam, either.

  1. Balanced Feel

With hybrid latex mattresses, you get motion isolation, pressure relief, reinforced edges, and support coils that offer increased airflow.

  1. Motion Isolation

Natural latex is another perfect choice when it comes to motion isolation, particularly for pregnant women who often toss and turn all night, or have to get out of bed several times throughout the night. Latex mattresses, like memory foam, tend to have great motion isolation, which means one person's movement is less likely to disturb a bed partner's sleep. It's also a great choice for when your baby arrives, when you'll need to get up more often for nightly wakings.

The Eco Terra Mattress: The Best Mattress for Pregnancy

The best mattress for pregnancy does exist, and we believe the Eco Terra Hybrid Mattress is it. For most moms-to-be, obtaining a good night's sleep can be very hard to come by. While pregnancy will inevitably make you more tired than normal, your body is undergoing changes as your baby grows that can make it a major challenge to fall and stay asleep.

Fortunately, the Eco Terra Hybrid mattress offers that “just-right” weightlessness you need for optimal sleep. Plus, it’s isolated coils provide ideal spine support. And, that’s not all. The Eco Terra  mattress is polyurethane-free, chemical-free, and crafted using certified organic wool and organic cotton, so you can feel confident you’re not breathing in toxic contaminants from your mattress.

Patrick Gunther

Patrick is an accomplished writer. He has been in the retail mattress space for the past 9 years, and more specifically in the natural mattress niche. He blogs on the subjects of natural mattresses, sleep, health, fitness, and green living.