Weighted Blankets are perfectly safe for use during pregnancy. As they should only weigh 10% of your overall weight, it won’t feel much different than a heavy blanket or extra pillows. This article expands on this, but also reveals the benefits of using a Weighted Blanket while pregnant.
Can You Use A Weighted Blanket While Pregnant?
Yes! As always, if you do have any concerns, you should speak to your Doctor to get the vote of confidence as every-body is different. But the weight of a blanket is marginal when taken in context of everything else that is happening to your body. We recommend you purchase a Weighted Blanket that is 10% of your overall body weight. This is then distributed across the entirety of the blanket—meaning the amount of weight on your stomach is an even smaller amount than the total weight of the blanket.
One of our favorite testimonials comes from Anna, who shared the experience of her pregnant daughter (who had triplets!):
“My daughter loves it. It's not too hot but has the snuggle feeling because of the weight. She's pregnant with triplets and it helps her sleep better at night.”
We hope this has answered your question on “can you use a Weighted Blanket while pregnant” and other similar questions. But if you do have any additional concerns, then please speak with your assigned Doctor. However, now we want to turn the tables and look at the benefits of using a Weighted Blanket during pregnancy!
Weighted Blanket While Pregnant - Benefit 1
Weighted Blankets are a great way to help manage your stress and anxiety. The weight of the blanket simulates the experience of a hug. To our brain, it’s hard to tell the difference, and so it releases feel good chemicals into our body which help slow our heart rate and help us feel relaxed.
During pregnancy, especially if it’s your first, you’re going to have a lot of worries and stresses on your mind. These are all perfectly natural. You can help collect yourself with the aid of a Weighted Blanket. Whether that’s around your shoulders/across your body during the day, or in the moments before going to sleep at night.
Weighted Blanket While Pregnant - Benefit 2
With your sleep being disrupted the further into the pregnancy you get (and after), you’ll want to make the most of the hours you do get some shut eye.
One the biggest benefits of a Weighted Blanket is how they can help you get a fuller, more restful sleep each night. The hugging sensation persists all through the night to calm and soothe your body. Which leads nicely into the next benefit...
Weighted Blanket While Pregnant - Benefit 3
They can help you sleep faster! Once you’ve woken up, you’ll want to get back to sleep as soon as you can. The calming effects of the blankets can help you with this. Both during and after your pregnancy, it might be hard for you to get to sleep at the times you need by the various disruptions in your environment and those caused by your body.
Weighted Blanket While Pregnant - Benefit 4
Clean posture is important during your sleep. Via various pillows and supports, a good sleeping posture can help blood circulation and ease the stresses on your muscles. However, for people not accustomed to sleeping on their back, this can be hard to adjust too. With the Weighted Blanket, this feels natural as it helps you resist the urge to shuffle around in the night.
Weighted Blanket While Pregnant - Benefit 5
Similarly, this can also help you feel grounded. A common experience during pregnancy is to feel as though, in your headspace, floating. Through a Weighted Blanket, you have a persistent feeling of being grounded which can help you better control your mind as your body undergoes all of the changes associated with being pregnant.
Any of our Weighted Blankets for pregnancy will be fine, however, if you find that you are prone to hot sweats and generally overheating, then we would strongly recommend our cooling Weighted Blanket. Made using 100% bamboo viscose, the fabric feels like the cold side of the pillow and better allows heat from your body to pass through the fibers—so you can stay cool and relaxed all night long.