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Best Mattress for Pregnancy

Getting a good night’s sleep while pregnant can be difficult. Pregnant women experience changing bodies, sensitivities to noise and smell, and aches and pains, alongside other symptoms that can disrupt sleep. It is essential for pregnant women to get restful sleep, as sleep disturbances throughout the third trimester can negatively impact labor and delivery. The mattress you choose should help minimize sleep disturbances and provide comfort during pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Pregnant women are often advised to sleep on their sides, especially in the second and third trimesters. Some women may find that when they sleep on their sides, their mattress is not as comfortable as it would be for back or stomach sleeping. In addition to mattress firmness, pregnant women will likely want to consider how well their mattress isolates motion and regulates temperature.

The best mattresses for pregnancy will help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort women experience, while reducing sleep disturbances for those who share a bed with a partner. We’ll share our top mattress picks, based on extensive product research, testing, and verified customer feedback. We’ll also take a closer look at the relationship between pregnancy and sleep, along with considerations for pregnant women to keep in mind when shopping for a mattress.

Our Top Picks

Layla Mattress – Best Overall
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999
Nolah Signature – Most Conforming
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,569
Casper Wave Hybrid – Best Luxury
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium(5)
  • Price: $2,595
The WinkBed – Best Hybrid
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,599
Purple Mattress – Most Temperature Neutral
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,099
Leesa Legend– Most Comfortable
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $2,199
Tuft and Needle Mint – Best Value
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $995

Layla Mattress – Best Overall

Price: $999

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Sleeps Cool: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Edge Support: 2/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Sex: 2/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Off-Gassing: 3/5

layla mattress

Highlights:

  • Flippable design with two firmness options
  • Copper-infused memory foam relieves pressure
  • Lifetime warranty

Ideal For:

  • Pregnant women of all weights and sleeping positions
  • Those who want a conforming foam mattress but tend to sleep hot
  • Couples

The Layla Mattress checks a lot of boxes for pregnant women. The flippable design with two firmness levels means pregnant women can switch sides as their needs change throughout pregnancy. Both sides offer pressure relief, motion isolation, and temperature regulation.

The cover of the Layla Mattress is made with polyester, viscose, poly/lycra and a ThermoGEL cooling agent. The cover can be removed and dry cleaned as needed.

The comfort system of the medium soft side of the Layla Mattress includes 3 inches of copper-infused memory foam. Sleepers sink into the medium soft (4) side for a conforming, body-hugging feel that is beneficial for pregnant side sleepers. This layer relieves pressure points to help reduce hip and lower back pain. Copper draws heat away from the body, which can provide comfort for pregnant women experiencing night sweats or hot flashes.

Beneath the thick layer of memory foam is 2 inches of transition polyfoam with SMT technology. The channels in this layer add airflow to prevent overheating. The polyfoam is zoned to evenly distribute body weight and offer support.

The firm (7-8) side of the Layla mattress has 1 inch of copper-infused memory foam. This side relieves pressure, but does not conform as closely as the medium soft side. The added firmness may provide better support for sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds.

The support core of the Layla Mattress is 4 inches of polyfoam to help isolate motion and add durability to the mattress.

Layla offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Layla Mattress. The company asks that purchasers try out the mattress for two weeks before initiating a return. The Layla Mattress is covered by a lifetime warranty.

Read Our Full Layla Mattress Review


Nolah Signature – Most Conforming

Price: $1,569

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief:  4/5 (Medium Soft), 2/5 (Firm)

Sleeps Cool:  2/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 2/5 (Firm)

Edge Support: 2/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 2/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Sex: 2/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Off-Gassing: 2/5

Nolah Signature 12 Mattress

Highlights:

  • Reversible construction with two firmness options
  • Conforming foam layers cushion pressure points
  • Breathable organic cotton cover

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers who want to try two firmness options in one
  • Pregnant women who want a closely conforming mattress
  • Couples

The two firmness options of the flippable Nolah Signature allow pregnant women to choose the best side for their sleeping position and body type. The mattress can be flipped as their needs change. The soft side is especially conforming, resulting in pressure relief and added cushioning for pregnant women.

The cover of the Nolah Signature is organic cotton, which naturally wicks away moisture and encourages airflow throughout the mattress. Nolah uses a proprietary polyfoam in both the medium soft and firm comfort systems. Known as AirFoam, this foam blend conforms closely and relieves pressure without retaining heat.

On the medium soft (4) side, there are 2.5 inches of AirFoam to reduce pressure on the hips and shoulders. This is especially beneficial for pregnant women sleeping on their sides. Beneath the AirFoam comfort layer is a 1.5-inch transition layer of foam that adds some bounce to the mattress and prevents sleepers from sinking in excessively.

The firm (7-8) side uses 1 inch of AirFoam for a supportive feel. The support core between the firm and medium soft sides is 7 inches of high-density, reinforced polyfoam for support and durability.

The Nolah Signature isolates motion exceptionally well on the softer side, reducing sleep disturbances for pregnant women who share the bed with a partner. The firm side is more supportive for back and stomach sleepers, or those who do not want to sink deeply into the mattress.

The Nolah Signature includes a 120-night sleep trial, with a 30-night break-in period before a return can be initiated. The mattress is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. Noah donates to wildlife protection with the purchase of each mattress.


Casper Wave Hybrid – Best Luxury

Price: $2,595

Height: 13"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Casper Wave Hybrid

Highlights:

  • Contouring foam with targeted support
  • Hybrid construction increases airflow and helps regulate temperature
  • Top-notch motion isolation

Ideal For:

  • Pregnant women who tend to sleep hot
  • Side sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds
  • Couples

The Casper Wave Hybrid is highly rated for pressure relief, temperature regulation, and motion isolation, all of which are especially important to pregnant women. The durable construction ensures the mattress will provide even, consistent support during pregnancy and after.

The cover of the Casper Wave Hybrid is composed of recycled polyester, polyester, cotton, rayon, and spandex. The comfort system beneath includes multiple layers that help cushion pressure points and regulate temperature.

The first comfort layer is 1.5 inches of open-cell polyfoam, which is laminated with a cooling gel. This layer conforms to the shape of the body. The next layer is 1.5 inches of natural latex, which helps regulate temperature and offers ease of movement.

Beneath the natural latex is 1.5 inches of zoned memory foam, which evenly distributes body weight. The memory foam is firmer underneath the hips and softer at the shoulders, which promotes spinal alignment. This can reduce shoulder and hip pain for pregnant women sleeping on their sides. These three layers are perforated to help dissipate heat and moisture.

The Casper Wave Hybrid also has a zoned polyfoam transition layer with gel pods for targeted support. This layer provides additional support under the waist and lower back, which can help reduce hip and back pain during pregnancy.

The support core of the Wave Hybrid is 6 inches of pocketed coils with a 7-inch foam perimeter for edge support.

The medium firmness of the Wave Hybrid is beneficial for most body types and sleeping positions, making it an ideal choice for couples with different preferences. The mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and 10-year limited warranty.

Read Our Full Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Review


The WinkBed – Best Hybrid

Price: $1,599

Height: 13.5"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7), or Firm/Plus (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation:4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, and Plus)

Edge Support: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 5/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, and Plus)

Durability: 4/5 (Medium Soft, Medium Firm, and Firm), 5/5 (Plus)

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Medium Soft and Plus), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Sex: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, and Plus)

Off-Gassing: 4/5 (Medium Soft, Medium Firm, and Firm), 3/5 (Plus)

Winkbed Plus Mattress

Highlights:

  • Euro pillow top relieves pressure
  • Dual-coil construction for responsiveness
  • Lifetime warranty

Ideal For:

  • Couples
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • Pregnant women who are sensitive to smells or off-gassing

The WinkBed has a hybrid construction that sleeps cool and provides ample support for pregnant women. There is also minimal off-gassing, which is beneficial for those who have a heightened sense of smell during pregnancy. The mattress is available in three firmness options: medium soft, medium firm, and firm.

The cover of the WinkBed is made with Tencel, a natural eucalyptus fiber that wicks away moisture for a cooling feel. The cover is quilted with two to three layers of gel-infused polyfoam for a Euro style pillow top that reduces motion transfer and relieves pressure points. The Hypersoft foam helps draw heat away from the body for added comfort during pregnancy.

Beneath the pillow top is a layer of pocketed micro coils, which provide targeted support and ample airflow. This layer helps keep the spine aligned while relieving lower back pain. The medium soft WinkBed has a 2-inch transition layer of foam beneath the micro coils for added softness and contouring.

The support core of the WinkBed is constructed with pocketed, tempered steel coils that are zoned for added support. The sturdy edge support of the mattress gives couples more usable surface area and prevents sinking in or sagging along the edges.

Since the WinkBed is produced in three firmness levels, there is an option available for every body type and sleeping position. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds and prefer a closely conforming mattress may opt for the medium soft (4) WinkBed. Side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds often find the medium firm (6) option is the most supportive and comfortable, while those over 230 pounds may want to choose the firm (7-8) mattress.

WinkBeds provides a 120-night sleep trial, which includes a 30-night break-in period. The WinkBed is covered by a lifetime warranty.


Purple Mattress – Most Temperature Neutral

Price: $1,099

Height: 9.25"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 5/5

Motion Isolation:  4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

purple mattress

Highlights:

  • Hyper-elastic Purple Grid cradles the body
  • Open air channels help dissipate heat
  • Standout motion isolation

Ideal For:

  • Pregnant women who tend to sleep hot
  • Those who want a low-profile mattress
  • Side and back sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds

The Purple Mattress has a temperature neutral feel that provides comfort for pregnant women who tend to sleep hot. The mattress cradles the body with its unique hyper-elastic polymer Purple Grid.

The SoftFlex cover is breathable and stretchy, ensuring sleepers experience the contouring benefits of the Purple Grid beneath it. The 2-inch Purple Grid Helps keep the spine aligned by evenly distributing body weight and cushioning the shoulders and hips. This can help reduce tension and pain in the lower back, which is common for pregnant women. Open air channels within the grid help dissipate heat to relieve discomfort caused by night sweats and hot flashes.

The 3.5-inch layer of polyfoam underneath the Purple Grid is soft and responsive for additional pressure relief, which is important for pregnant women. A firm support layer of high-density polyfoam promotes mattress durability.

The Purple Mattress is highly rated by couples, as it balances motion isolation with ease of movement. The flexible Purple Grid and medium firm rating offers pressure relief and support for side and back sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds. Stomach sleepers and those weigh more than 230 pounds may benefit from a firmer mattress.

Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial, with a 21-night minimum before a return can be initiated. The company provides a 2-year warranty for the mattress cover and a 10-year warranty for the mattress interior.

Read Our Full Purple Mattress Review


Leesa Legend – Most Comfortable

Price: $2,199

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Leesa-Legend

Highlights:

  • Dual-coil construction for airflow and support
  • Foam comfort layers relieve pressure
  • Cover made with natural and recycled materials

Ideal For:

  • Couples
  • Pregnant women who sleep hot
  • Most sleeping positions and body types

The Leesa Legend is a comfortable mattress for pregnant women due to its hybrid construction. The comfort layers relieve pressure points and isolate motion, while the pocketed coils add airflow and help regulate temperature.

The cover of the Leesa Legend includes organic cotton and merino wool, both of which wick away moisture and ensure breathability. Merino wool also resists bacteria, which can help reduce odors.

Beneath the cover is 1 inch of aerated polyfoam that moderately contours to the shape of the body. The second layer is closely conforming memory foam, which helps distribute body weight and relieve pressure. Memory foam is beneficial for side sleeping, the most common sleeping position for pregnant women, as it cushions the hips and shoulders.

A 1.5-inch layer of micro coils is zoned with polyfoam to further support the hips and shoulders while reducing motion transfer. A transition layer of polyfoam sits between the micro coils and the pocketed support coils below. The support coils add edge support and durability to the Leesa Legend and they are reinforced by 1 inch of polyfoam to reduce motion transfer.

The medium firm (6) rating of the Leesa Legend helps keep the spine aligned while cushioning the lower back, hips, and shoulders. This is a good firmness for nearly every sleeping position and body type, though stomach sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds may need more support.

Purchasers have 100 nights to try out the Leesa Legend. This sleep trial includes a 30-night break-in period. Returns are free within the contiguous United States, but returns from Alaska and Hawaii are subject to a $100 return fee. The mattress is covered by a 10-year limited warranty.

Read Our Full Leesa Legend Mattress Review


Tuft and Needle Mint – Best Value

Price: $995

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

tuft and needle mint

Highlights:

  • 5-inch thick foam comfort system relieves pressure
  • Reinforced perimeter for edge support
  • Ceramic gel beads and graphite-infused foam draw heat away from the body

Ideal For:

  • Pregnant women who sleep on their sides
  • Hot sleepers
  • Value-minded shoppers

The Tuft and Needle Mint is an affordable mattress that provides value and comfort for pregnant women. The pressure-relieving foam layers cushion the hips, lower back, and shoulders. This can reduce some of the aches and pains women experience throughout pregnancy.

The micro polyamide and polyester blend cover of the T&N Mint Mattress is breathable and lightweight. The mattress has two comfort layers of the brand’s proprietary Adaptive foam. The first layer is 3 inches of Adaptive foam, infused with 30 percent more graphite than is found in the T&N Original. This layer draws heat away from the body and helps regulate temperature. The second layer of Adaptive foam has additional cooling gel beads, which help distribute body weight evenly and prevent sinking in excessively.

The support core of the Tuft and Needle Mint is 7 inches of polyfoam, with 4 inches of extra-firm foam around the perimeter for edge support. This firm support core adds durability to the mattress.

The medium firm (6) rating of the T&N Mint is especially comfortable for side and back sleepers. The mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial, giving purchasers three months to try out the mattress and see if it is a good fit. The Mint Mattress is covered by a 10-year warranty.

Read Our Full Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress Review


What is the Best Type of Mattress for Pregnancy?

The best type of mattress for pregnancy will depend on multiple factors, including a person’s weight, sleeping position, and personal preferences. It is important to note that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to mattress shopping. There are benefits and drawbacks to consider for each mattress type. Shoppers should keep in mind that the mattress will need to accommodate their needs during and after pregnancy. Those who share the bed with a partner will also want to keep their partner’s preferences in mind.

The majority of pregnant women sleep on their sides, especially in the third trimester. This is something we keep in mind when recommending mattress types for pregnancy, as side sleepers tend to need additional cushioning for their shoulders and hips. For added comfort during pregnancy, we also consider how well the mattress regulates temperature, isolates motion, and supports the body.

There are four common mattress types, including foam, latex, hybrid, and airbed models. We’ll break these mattress types down further here, including the potential benefits and drawbacks for pregnancy.

Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses typically have layers of polyfoam and/or memory foam. Foam can contour easily to the shape of the body, relieving pressure points and promoting spinal alignment. Memory foam is responsive to heat and pressure, resulting in a customized feel for pregnant women. This type of foam also isolates motion exceptionally well and reduces sleep disturbances for pregnant women. Foam mattresses have a tendency to retain heat, though, so hot sleepers should consider ones infused with cooling gel or graphite, or ones with aerated layers that help dissipate heat.

Latex Mattresses

A latex mattress can be made with natural or synthetic latex, or a blend of the two. Natural latex moderately contours to the shape of the body for pressure relief. This type of mattress tends to have better temperature regulation and minimal off-gassing when compared to a foam mattress, which is beneficial for pregnant women.

Hybrid Mattresses

A hybrid mattress combines a foam or latex comfort system with an innerspring support core. The comfort layers are usually thick, and can provide ample pressure relief for pregnant women. The coils add airflow and support to the mattress.

Airbeds

An airbed has foam, latex, or fiber comfort layers on top of a sealed air chamber support core. These types of mattresses offer adjustable firmness levels, as the air chamber can be inflated or deflated for a customized feel. Some have dual air chambers so that couples can adjust each side to their own preferences. Pregnant women can also adjust the mattress as their needs change.

Which Mattress Firmness is Best For Pregnancy?

Mattress firmness can be affected by a sleeper’s body weight, sleeping position, and comfort preferences. The best mattress firmness for pregnancy can also vary depending on the trimester of pregnancy.

Mattress firmness is generally rated on a scale of 1 to 10, or extremely soft to extremely firm. Many mattresses are rated towards the middle of this scale, from medium soft (4) to firm (7-8), and most avoid the extremes. A mattress that is too firm can result in pressure points developing, while one that is too soft may provide inadequate support.

Since side sleeping is recommended later in pregnancy, pregnant women may experience pressure building in their shoulders and hips as they sleep. Softer comfort layers can cushion these areas, but the mattress also needs to be firm enough to support the spine.

A pregnant woman’s needs may change throughout the pregnancy, as body weight and sleeping position change. Mattresses with an adjustable firmness, or a flippable construction with different firmness levels, are often recommended for pregnant women. These mattresses accommodate evolving needs and preferences.

When selecting the right mattress firmness, pregnant women who share the bed with a partner will also need to account for differing preferences. Sometimes a split mattress is preferable so that each side of the mattress is personalized.

How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Sleep?

Pregnancy directly affects sleep quality. Pregnant women experience hormonal and physical changes that make it difficult to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. There are pregnancy symptoms that can impact sleep patterns in all three trimesters, but it is common for pregnant women to get less sleep as the pregnancy progresses.

In the first trimester, progesterone levels increase, which can lead to daytime fatigue. Napping throughout the day is one way for pregnant women to rest, but it can interrupt sleep cycles and make it difficult to get quality sleep at night. Pregnant women may also experience nausea, vomiting, and heartburn, all of which can disrupt sleep.

Pregnant women often experience insomnia, which can be caused by multiple factors. Restless legs syndrome is common in the third trimester, and may be related to folic acid or iron deficiencies. Excessive weight gain can also lead to an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea. In addition to physical changes, pregnant women may experience anxiety about childbirth and child-rearing.

It is important for pregnant women to consult with their doctors or medical professionals to determine the best course of treatment if they experience insomnia or other sleep disruptions. Doctors can look for underlying causes, including vitamin deficiencies.

It is also essential for pregnant women to maintain healthy sleep hygiene, which should include a consistent routine and a comfortable sleep environment.

How Does Sleeping Position Affect Pregnancy?

Pregnant women are often advised to sleep on their left sides, and studies find that the majority of them do. This can reduce the risk of aortocaval compression syndrome. Sleeping on the left side helps increase blood flow to the placenta. For pregnant women suffering from acid reflux, this position is also beneficial as it keeps the stomach below the esophagus.

When sleeping in the supine position, or on the back, the uterus rests on the spine. This sleeping position is not recommended past 20 weeks, as some studies show an association between sleeping in the supine position and stillbirth or aortocaval compression syndrome. Back sleeping can also aggravate obstructive sleep apnea, as the throat muscles can easily relax and block the airway. A wedge pillow or pregnancy pillow can help prevent a pregnant woman from shifting from her side to her back as she sleeps.

Stomach sleeping is generally considered safe for pregnant women, but it becomes less comfortable as pregnancy progresses. Pregnant women should consider their comfort preferences when determining what sleeping position to use and what type of mattress to purchase. It is important for the mattress to be the right firmness for your sleeping position and body type.

Is Off-Gassing Dangerous for Pregnant Women?

Off-gassing is common with many mattresses, but it is typically not considered to be dangerous for pregnant women. Understanding what off-gassing is can help pregnant women know what to look for when mattress shopping. Off-gassing is caused by the release of volatile organic compounds, which evaporate easily when the mattress is removed from its packaging.

Off-gassing from foam and adhesives can include chemicals, which may irritate people with chemical sensitivities. Many mattresses are CertiPUR-US Certified, which indicates that the mattress is low in VOCs and tested for indoor air quality. This certification also means that the mattress is made without harmful chemicals like formaldehyde.

Pregnant women may still want to limit their exposure to volatile organic compounds, so it is important to research mattresses prior to making a purchase. Mattresses with organic and environmentally-friendly certifications can indicate that the mattress is made with natural materials and is low in VOCs.

It should also be noted that all mattresses will have a “new mattress smell”, which varies between models and depends on the materials used. Organic mattresses made with latex or wool may have a natural odor, while those made with synthetic foams may have more of a chemical smell.

The initial odor of a mattress can be unpleasant for pregnant women, who often have a heightened sense of smell. The mattress smell is often amplified by bed in a box packaging. Allowing the mattress to air out in a well-ventilated room for a few days can help any lingering odors dissipate.