If you’re pregnant or thinking of starting a family, it’s important that your mattress is comfortable and adaptable to your changing body. Your sleep is affected during pregnancy for several reasons (pressure on your bladder, nausea, heartburn) so having a mattress that helps rather than hurts is so crucial.
Not sure what the best mattress for pregnancy entails? Here are some things to consider.
Avoid Memory Foam
The first major piece of advice we’d like to offer is to avoid memory foam mattresses.
Memory foam is a man-made material that is known for “sleeping hot” because it traps your body heat. It is the chemical reaction between your body heat and the memory foam material that allows the mattress to move with you, relieving pressure points. However, besides the issue of over-heating, the memory foam will likely have difficulty bouncing back over time. This leads to dips and sags in your mattress.
There are also health risks to consider, more specifically the possibility of carcinogens, such as benzene, off-gassing from the mattress. Exposure to benzene has been linked to respiratory issues, dizziness, headaches, and even cancer.