The Top Benefits of Using a Weighted Blanket During Pregnancy

- Quility Brand Team 

Being pregnant is exciting, enlightening, and most importantly, extremely exhausting. You’re carrying a whole human for 9 months! So, if you’re going to be dealing with that discomfort and exhaustion for that long, why not get everything you need to make yourself as comfortable and cozy as possible? 

As many pregnant women know, sleep is crucial! So, why is it so hard to fall asleep when pregnant and what can we do about it? That’s where a weighted blanket really comes in handy. Using a weighted blanket during pregnancy has a copious amount of benefits for those carrying a bun in the oven. 

We’re going to go over all the information you need to know in this article - can you use a weighted blanket when pregnant? Is it safe to sleep with a weighted blanket? What are the benefits? 

We’re gonna get into all that and more, so without further ado, let’s get lounging! 

Can I Use a Weighted Blanket if I’m Pregnant?

Yes. Weighted blankets are perfectly safe for kids, adults, and pregnancy! Many people may be worried that the weight impact may have some kind of impact on their health or pregnancy - however, this is not the case. According to the National Library of Medicine, using a weighted blanket for pregnancy woes can be very helpful for sleep, discomfort, and anxiety. 

Looking for the best weighted blanket for pregnancy? We’ve got it right here. This blanket is soft, soothing, and sleep-inducing! With a luxury duvet cover, even weight distribution, micro-glass beads, and ultra-breathable material, this weighted blanket is perfect for mommies-to-be who could use a little extra relaxation. (Plus, it’s machine washable!)

The only thing to look out for is getting a blanket that is too heavy, but don’t worry! We’ve crafted a handy weight chart below to help you find the best weight for you!

Body Weight | Blanket Weight

100 - 120 lbs | 10 - 12 lbs 

120 - 140 lbs | 12 - 14 lbs 

140 - 160 lbs | 14 - 16 lbs

160 - 180 lbs | 16 - 18 lbs 

180 - 200 lbs+ | 18 - 20 lbs+ (up to 30 lbs)

Are Weighted Blankets Safe for Kids? 

Kids, yes. Babies, not so much.
Or children aged 6 or older, weighted blankets can have many benefits, including relieving anxiety, restlessness, and sleep deprivation. However, new parents should not use a weighted blanket for their newborn, or any child under 5, as weighted blankets may be a little too heavy or disrupt their sleep pattern. 

Common Causes of Difficulty in Sleeping During Pregnancy

While carrying around a baby for months seems hard enough, many pregnant women report that sleeping becomes a prevalent problem, especially in the last trimester. This can be caused by multiple things, including just being really, really uncomfortable. 

Here are some of the main causes of a loss of sleep during pregnancy

  • “Pregnancy Heartburn”, Constipation, or Morning Sickness
  • Random Aches and Pains 
  • Leg Cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Growing Belly Discomfort
  • Active Movement from Your Baby
  • Vivid Dreaming
  • Pre-birth Anxiety and Fear

  • The Importance of Sleep During Pregnancy

    Despite how many obstacles pregnant women face while trying to get some sleep, it’s unfortunately one of the most important parts of pregnancy health. So, just how important is it? 

    Well, for one, a lack of sleep affects both you and your baby! Not just that, but it can affect your labor and delivery as well.
    Having a lack of sleep during pregnancy has led to a number of complications in the past, including preeclampsia (a condition that affects your kidneys and blood pressure). 

    Proper sleep is pivotal during pregnancy, even when it’s difficult. That’s why many women choose to use weighted blankets. But what are the benefits, exactly? 

    While they can’t solve everything, here are some of the much-needed benefits that can at least help you or your loved one get some rest:

    Benefits of Using a Weighted Blanket During Pregnancy

  • They can help manage your stress and anxiety. 
  • The weight of weighted blankets has many effects. For one, it simulates the feeling of being hugged or covered, which is a natural way for us to calm down! To our monkey brains, this feeling induces a slower, more steady heartbeat - which in turn helps us feel less anxious and stressed out. 

  • You can fall asleep easier, and stay asleep. 
  • As many pregnant women know, once you wake up, it can be difficult to fall asleep. Using a weighted blanket gives you a calming effect that can help your brain turn off the anxiety and discomfort a little faster, and stay asleep for longer.

  • It can ease swelling, aches, pains, and restlessness.  
  • Pretty much every joint and limb seems to swell up during pregnancy, and using a weighted blanket during pregnancy can help to ease that discomfort. Moreover, the weight prevents our legs from being too restless or uncomfortable! Those struggling with restless leg syndrome understand how hard it can be. 

  • It can help to reduce inflammation. 
  • Inflammation is a common side effect of pregnancy, and one of the main causes of an inability to sleep. By adding weight to your ligaments, you may be able to ease some of that discomfort! 

  • It works as DPS (Deep Pressure Stimulus). 
  • The gentle pressure that a weighted blanket gives, called DPS, overall increases serotonin production! By giving you tactical sensory feedback, your body is stimulated to produce more melatonin as well. 

  • Most importantly, they’re super comfortable! 
  • Weighted blankets feel good. Ours in particular has a super-soft duvet cover that can only be described as cloud-like comfort! Sleep is the most important part of our health, so we might as well be cozy while we do it. 

    Final Thoughts

    Can you use a weighted blanket during pregnancy? Not only can you, you should! We hope this article has helped you feel a little more confident and wanting a weighted blanket of your own. If you’re interested (or just want to see other products, tips, or tricks), be sure to check out our blog and our website

    Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor