Essentia Memory Foam Maternity/Body Pillow Review + a Giveaway!

by Rachel on November 4, 2013

in Current Giveaways, Giveaways, Household Reviews, pregnancy, Pregnancy Reviews

A good night’s sleep is probably the one thing a pregnant woman desires most, yet finds it hardest to obtain! Between the many bathroom trips, heartburn, and getting used to a new sleep position, I found myself sleeping very poorly, especially the further along I get in my pregnancy. Essentia body pillow to the rescue! They offered me the chance to review their memory foam body pillow and I did not hesitate one second before saying yes.

Before I share my personal thoughts, let me tell you a bit about Essentia and the products they offer. If you’re a visual person, check out this youtube video about their natural memory foam mattresses. Their pillow products are similarly made:


The body pillow is great for anyone who is looking for support and comfort, but it is especially fantastic for an expectant mother! Here are some product details:

  • Made from a supportive, pressure relieving mix of shredded natural memory foam and natural latex
  • Made in Canada
  • Natural foam is breathable, and unlike traditional foam products, is not made from petroleum products
  • Provides back and neck support
  • Has been featured on the Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, and Rachael Ray shows

    Here is a photo of my Essentia Body Pillow, with a regular body pillow next to it for comparison. You can see how the Essentia pillow completely wraps around you and is higher, whereas a regular body pillow is flatter, rectangular, shorter, and still requires a pillow for your head.

    Essentia Natural Memory Foam Body Pillow Review

    When I first received the pillow, I was surprised by how large and hefty it is. It truly is a body-sized pillow, and if you’re familiar with memory foam products, you know that they tend to be heavier than traditional pillows. I noticed it had a plastic smell at first, but I assume that is from being stored and shipped in a large protective plastic bag. It went away after a few days, and the cover is removable.

    Due to its size, I had my husband put it up on the bed for me. It is long and U-shaped and basically forms a nest that envelops you. My first thought after laying down with the pillow was, “This must be what swaddling feels like for babies”. The pillow is so cozy and after using it for the past 3 weeks or so, I think I’ve given it a good trial and can say it has really improved my sleep!

    As you know, pregnant women are pretty much forced to sleep on their side after the first trimester or so. This pillow makes it easy for me to do this. I sleep with my knees bent and one leg under the pillow and one leg on top – elevating my top leg up also helps with all my pregnancy-induced swelling. When I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I switch to the other side.

    Before, I was trying to use regular pillows in between my knees and between my chest, but then every time I got up (only about 5 or 6 times a night, ugh!) I had to rebuild my pillow fortress. I like that the Essentia is one large piece. I also have issues with heartburn and acid reflux, and the neck support helps keep my head a bit elevated.

    I do see some potential issues with this pillow. It is quite large – we have a king bed and you can see it takes up about half the bed. If you have a small bed like a full, your partner may need to vacate to the couch or another bed. It makes a wonderful “nest” but it also puts up a barrier, and my husband misses being able to snuggle with me. I tried sleeping without it again for one night, but kept waking up on my back (a big no-no for the baby’s safety) and had to go back to the Essentia body pillow.

    Although natural foam is breathable, it gets unbearably hot in the summers here in Florida. I also work night shift and sleep during the hottest part of the day. Being cocooned in by this pillow did make me warmer, but I just adjusted and slept with the comforter off. The benefits of sleeping better was worth being a bit warmer.

    Lastly, at $489 list price, this pillow is not cheap. Given that we have paid ~$100 each for our Tempur-Pedic single pillows, which are much smaller than the Essentia body pillow, I don’t think the price is unreasonable. I just know that when you are pregnant and have to buy a ton of stuff for the baby too, this may be a luxury item in the budget. I try to look at major purchases from a cost-benefit analysis, and considering that you are pregnant for almost a YEAR of your life, and sleep is pretty important while you are growing a baby, it may be worth it for you!

    My Essentia pillow now has a permanent spot on my side of the bed, at least until this pregnancy is over. I must thank Essentia for letting me review this pillow and allowing me to get a much better night’s sleep. I only wish I’d gotten this earlier on!


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    Win It: One lucky reader will receive the Essentia Comfort memory foam pillow pictured above (RV $129). Open to US & Canada readers excluding Quebec (Canadians will need to answer a skills test question if drawn as a winner). Good luck!

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    Jennifer A. November 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I would also like the “Energie Opus” organic mattress, from Essentia! :D

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    Alexia November 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I really like The La-La Natural Crib Mattress. It’s made with memory Foam so it delicately cradles and supports your baby while providing a healthy sleep environment. Love!

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    Cristin P November 5, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Baby Jeanius!

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    Crystal November 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I love the Kingston dog bed!

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    meredith November 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I really like the Forma Spa pillow

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    Helga November 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I like the tatami mattress.

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    Natalie November 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I love the Kingston dog bed for my dog!

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    Carla S November 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I would want to get the organic sheets.

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    Danielle Lindquist November 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    The Energie Opus mattress! I can dream, right? lol

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    heather November 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I went to the site and i love this item Classic 8 mattress.

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    jose benavides November 12, 2013 at 4:35 am

    I would like the energie opus matress

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    Beth Klocinski November 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I like the Organic Sheets

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    PAIGE CHANDLER November 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I also love the queen ducvet

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    Misty Brown November 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    tatami mattress for sure :)

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    Holli Joren November 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I would like the Organic Sheets.

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    Grace Scammell November 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I would like to try the sheets

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    MaryAnn November 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    The body pillow looks great and I would like to try it. I need something to improve my sleep.

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    chris z November 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    i like the organic sheets

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    Stephanie V. November 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Dormeuse Fior king size mattresses – a tired working mama can dream!

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    Trish F November 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Hello, wish I had in the budget funds for a Dormeuse Fior mattress. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    May November 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I like the FlexDrive Adjustable Mattress!

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    Heather Garcia November 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Body Pillow

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    Aliya D November 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I would love the Forma Spa Pillow or a full set of the Organic Sheets.

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    gina November 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Kingston
    Natural Dog Bed

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    Kimberley Meier November 17, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I like the Energie Opus mattress!

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    Stephen November 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I like the SwayBack Pillows

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    Jill Myrick November 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I like the Forma Spa Pillow from Essentia.

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    allyson becker November 18, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I like the Dormeuse mattress.

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    Sky Kory November 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I like the Tatami mattress.

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    tamatha hunter November 18, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    would love to have the flexdrive mattress

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    Laurie Emerson November 18, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I really like the Kingston Natural Dog Bed.

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    AmyBond November 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Love their Organic Sheets, I’d never want to get out of bed!

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    Irv November 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I like the Full Dormeuse Fior.

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    Barbara S November 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Kingston dog bed for my Ralphie!

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    Anita L November 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I also like the Energie Opus mattress :)

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    Evelyn Driver November 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

    This just looks so cozy. I would love to have this. It’s really great that you can remove the cover to wash. I wonder how hard it is to get the cover back on. though.

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    krysta November 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I like the grateful bed for kids

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    Julieh November 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I like the Kingston natural dog bed

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    Tanya White November 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I liek the Energie Opus matress.

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    kathy pease November 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I like the FlexDrive Adjustable Mattress

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    Karla Sceviour November 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I like the Organic Sheets

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    laurie November 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I would like to have the organic sheets

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    lisagee1234 November 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    The Kingston
    Natural Dog Bed —-
    All my cats would use this :o )

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    Brad Merrell November 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Any organic sheets

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    Barbara Butler November 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I like the Organic Sheets

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    Joy Q November 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I really like that they sell Organic Sheets

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