Pregnancy is not only the joy of expectation, but also significant physiological changes in the body of a woman. They are especially noticeable in the later stages during sleep, when under the stomach you have to twist blankets, bedspreads. And such a newfangled product as a pillow for pregnant women is a real salvation.
Pillow for pregnant women - what is useful and why is it needed
The stores offer a variety of pillow models, the design of which takes into account the physiological needs during pregnancy. Alas, not everyone can afford to buy such products, but there is an alternative - to sew with their own hands. It is cheaper and always takes into account personal preferences, requirements.
What gives the use of such pillows? Support is provided for the spine and abdomen during sleep, with the correct load distribution. The product makes it possible to unload the joints of the neck, relax the muscles, ensuring a healthy sleep.
After childbirth, such pillows can be used for other purposes:
- During feeding, it is convenient to use in the form of a soft support for mother and baby. Wrap the product around the waist, tie back with ribbons thoughtful for this purpose. The baby can be placed on top of the pillow to less get tired during feeding.
- If similarly tie in a ring, laying on a flat surface, then a kind of playpen-cocoon for the baby will come out.
What material and filler to choose
When choosing materials, it is important to pay attention to the hygiene and the degree of comfort that they are able to provide. The base fabric is selected as natural as possible. That is, choose cotton, linen, calico. For pillowcases, you should choose similar fabrics or more pleasant and soft - fleece, velor, plush. If outwardly the pillow is soft and comfortable, then in parallel it will provide the effect of "anti-stress".
No less important is the choice of filler. There is no single recommendation for all pregnant women, everything is individual (stiffness, elasticity), the main thing is that the filler provides convenience and comfort. For some, there is nothing better than sintepuha, others are ready to fork out for buckwheat husk. The modern assortment of fillers is large, but the most popular of them are:
- buckwheat husk, an environmentally friendly product, unable to cause allergies;
- affordable hollofiber, quite in demand;
- sintepuh, by properties it is an analog of holofiber;
- polystyrene foam. Perfectly retains the shape of the product. Hypoallergenic, easy to clean, environmentally friendly.
When choosing, it is important to consider all the points, because the pillow will not be used for 1 day. It will have to be washed, so the product should be simple and unpretentious in maintenance.
What you need and how to sew
Before sewing, you should first select the shape of the product. They come in the form of the letter “G”, the English “U”, resembling the shape of a banana, bagel. The most popular are considered in the form of the letter "U", their sewing and consider in detail. Their plus is that it is easy to choose the size for growth.
What do you need
For sewing you will need :
- overlock, machine;
- threads in tone;
- cleaving pins;
- bar of soap or chalk;
- for patterns tracing paper or newspapers, magazines;
- a piece of fabric for the pillow;
- a piece of fabric for a pillowcase;
- suitable type of filler.
The product must always be clean - this is the basic requirement for the hygiene of pregnant women. Therefore, it is easier to immediately sew 2-3 pillowcases so that there are no problems with the change.
Instructions, measurements, template
The template can be drawn independently, taking into account the growth and optimal width of the product. Draw with a pencil a pattern on paper and cut it out, for sewing you will need 2 identical parts. Transfer the pattern to a double folded fabric. Perform this operation for the second part. After this pattern will be needed for sewing pillowcases.
Next, fasten two parts with the pins facing inward, cut out taking into account 1.5 cm wide allowances. At the very top, on the bend, mark a segment of 25-30 cm, which will be sewn at the very end, and the pillow will be turned out through it.
Sweep the top and bottom of the product along the marked lines and flash it on the typewriter, leaving a hole. Process the slices on the overlock or on the machine with a “zigzag”, and then turn them off. Fill to the desired density with the selected filler. Sew it after a manual stitch or using a sewing machine.
After that, sew the pillowcase in exactly the same way. At the top, leave an unbroken section 40-50 cm long and embed in a hidden or regular zipper.