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Can I use a weighted blanket if I'm pregnant?
Sleep is crucial for pregnant women, but can be harder to come by. A recent study confirmed that pregnant women experience a decrease in night-time sleep, especially during the last trimester.
The good news is, your weighted blanket can help and is perfectly safe for pregnancy. As always, if you have any doubts or concerns, we always recommend speaking to your doctor.
The benefits of using a weighted blanket during pregnancy can include:
Easing anxiety and stress. Hormones, as well as physical and life changes can lead to higher anxiety for pregnant moms. The sensation of a weighted blanked provides a therapeutic way to soothe racing thoughts, slow your breathing, and help you to find rest and calm.
Reducing inflammation. Swelling is another unpleasant side effect of pregnancy, due to a dramatic increase of fluids in your body. A weighted blanket can actually help reduce swelling and inflammation of the legs, hands, and feet.
Relief from Restless Legs Syndrome. Studies have found that weighted blankets can also help reduce RLS symptoms.
- Deep Pressure Stimulus (DPS). Weighted blankets promote Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) therapy. The gentle pressure of the weighted blanket increases the body's serotonin production – a chemical found in the body that helps with relaxation and melatonin production. Deep pressure stimulation typically also provides tactile sensory feedback in the form of hugging, cuddling, and comforting touch. The overall benefits of DPS include increased levels of happiness, better, more restful sleep, fewer feelings of stress and anxiety, better mental clarity, and feelings of being soothed.