You’re pregnant and sleep is becoming an issue. Using a weighted blanket at night for better rest could be the answer to your problem.

Pregnant woman lying in bed with hands on belly

So let’s take a look at the best weighted blanket for pregnancy and what the benefits are for mothers-to-be using one of these products.

Plus, we’ll outline any known risks and what the cautions are for using one of these heavy blankets at this important time.

The Best Weighted Blanket for Pregnancy


If you decide to go with using a weighted blanket during pregnancy, choosing which brand to go with is the next question. There are many on the market.

We have reviews of two top-rated, affordable, quality products. The Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket is the one we chose for our son, and the YnM line of products is another that is as good as our first choice:

Read Our Personal Review of Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket

Read The YnM Weighted Blanket Review

Recommended Weight

But first, the recommended weight of the blanket you choose is meant to be roughly 10% of your body weight. This aspect could get tricky with the ever-increasing weight that the baby brings to the equation.

A Suggestion for Choosing the Weight of the Blanket

One suggestion is to make your calculation based on your pre-pregnancy weight so that the blanket isn’t too heavy or uncomfortable.

Closeup of a pregnant woman measuring her belly.

Also, if you enjoy the benefits of the weighted blanket at this time, you can continue to use the same blanket after the baby is born.

A Cooling Weighted Blanket for Pregnancy


Many women experience sweats and increased body heat during their pregnancy. If this is the case for you, a cooling weighted blanket may prove the best choice. Both brands listed above have cooling features.

Our son is a hot sleeper and we chose the Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket for him. It has Coolmax technology and a cooling removable cover.

And, it also includes a second plush cover in case you need the added warmth in winter or other circumstances. The covers also make the blanket easier to care for, protecting the investment.

This affordable blanket is very adjustable for the needs of pregnancy and beyond, and it’s a good choice if you find yourself feeling warm at night. (See the link above.)

The Research for Weighted Blankets and Pregnancy


There isn’t a lot of research out there on weighted blankets at this time, and none specifically targeting their use during pregnancy.

However, available research has shown positive results, with the people who use them reporting many benefits, including improved ability to relax and better sleep.

A pregnant woman with hands on her stomach talking with a doctor in the office.

The bulk of the recommendations come from professionals who see improvement when their patients or clients use weighted blankets, and from consumers themselves who get good benefits from using these products.

So, why should you consider using a weighted blanket during pregnancy? Well, the science behind their use will provide the answer to the potential benefits.

The Science Behind Weighted Blankets


The science behind weighted blankets involves their use of deep pressure stimulation (DPS), which is what the extra weight on the body does.

It’s compared to the same results as receiving a gentle, but firm hug. And, you may be familiar with the relaxed sensation of waking up under a pile of heavy blankets on a cold winter morning.

DPS Benefits

Deep pressure stimulation is known to provide many potential benefits, including:

  • A sense of calm that can last up to a few hours after therapy
  • Decreased anxiety when practiced regularly
  • Increased happiness
  • Improved social interactions
  • Increased communicativeness
  • Better sleep
  • Improved focus
  • Lowered hypersensitivity to touch

And so, despite the absence of studies specifically focused on weighted blankets, and pregnancy, in particular, it’s easy to see why many people find their use beneficial for overall health and well-being.

It’s logical to conclude that pregnant women could get the same benefits as other people when they add a weighted blanket to their self-care sleep routine.

A Weighted Blanket and Pregnancy


So, can you use a weighted blanket while pregnant? The short answer is yes, some women do, and they find it beneficial.

A Natural Way to Ease Discomfort

For many, it’s a natural way to ease some of the discomforts that come with carrying a child. Mothers-to-be are generally keen to find safe and natural ways of dealing with their complaints.

Happy pregnant woman sorting baby clothes

There are some cautions to take into consideration and you can check those out in the section about risks farther along in this post.

So, let’s take a look at the potential benefits of using a weighted blanket during pregnancy:

1. Less Anxiety

The deep pressure touch therapy of a weighted blanket is believed to produce more serotonin, (the feel-good hormone) which helps to control cortisol (the stress hormone). It is also reputed to increase feelings of being safe and secure.

Calm Fluctuating Hormones

During pregnancy, the increase and fluctuation of hormones, plus many new emotions, can create anxiety and distress.

Using the calming effect of a weighted blanket is a good way to reduce those unsettled feelings and enjoy better emotional health during pregnancy.

2. Better Sleep

Sleep disruption is definitely a problem for many women at various points in their pregnancy, whether from sickness in the early stages or the added weight later on.

Fall Asleep Faster, Sleep Longer

Weighted blankets are used by many people to fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and deeper. Getting adequate rest is important for mother and baby, so using one of these blankets has the potential to ensure a good night’s sleep.

A closeup of a pregnant woman in a white dress outdoors with greenery in background.

As the pregnancy progresses, some women feel they have less energy. Getting enough quality sleep becomes vital to coping with daily activities, especially the care of other children.

3. Reduce General Aches and Pains

With the added weight and changes in the body during pregnancy, many women experience aches and pains they didn’t have before.

A Gentle Massage

Sleeping under the gentle massaging effect of a weighted blanket may reduce some of these complaints and increase the quality of movement throughout the day.

Anything that supports the feelings of wellness for expectant mothers will allow them to enjoy their pregnancy that much more.

The Risks of a Weighted Blanket During Pregnancy


So, are there any inherent risks associated with using a weighted blanket during pregnancy?

Always Check with Your Doctor

The final answer to that question will rest with you and your physician. Using any new product during pregnancy, even a completely natural one should only be undertaken on the advice of your health care professional.

1. Be Cautious with Babies and Pets

In general, there aren’t any warnings against using weighted blankets at this time, with the exception of a recommendation they NOT be used for babies and anyone who cannot easily remove them alone.

Take More Care with Small Children and Pets

If the pregnant mother is sleeping with a younger child, this would need to be considered before adding a weighted blanket to the sleeping arrangements. It’s also a good idea to be cautious if you have pets who share the bed.

Pregnant woman sleeping in a bed

2. Check Out the Materials

Another consideration would be the materials used in the manufacture of the weighted blanket.

Use Caution with Sensitivities

If the mother has any sensitivities or concerns about the quality of materials, the blanket would need to be researched carefully to make sure it meets her needs safely.

Choose Quality Materials

Some manufacturers do make a point of using materials such as organic cotton and bamboo, as well as hypoallergenic glass beads that are odorless and non-toxic.

You and your doctor should best decide if there are any particular concerns for you around using one of these products.

Final Thoughts about a Weighted Blanket and Pregnancy


The use of a weighted blanket comes down to the personal choice of care during pregnancy and consultation with your medical support.

Make the Best Choice for You and Baby

Consultation with your doctor and research into available products will determine the best way forward for you.

There are a lot of benefits from using a weighted blanket, and they have not been ruled out as a potential natural aid for comfort during pregnancy.

You can return to the links above to read more detailed reviews of two quality weighted blanket choices that offer a variety of options.

20 thoughts on “What about a Weighted Blanket and Pregnancy?”

  1. I had never even considered the use of a weighed blanket during pregnancy. It makes perfect sense that it helps with the mood swings. I know how bad they can be … What I didn’t know was that there are weighed blankets with the purpose of cooling down. This is very useful, since I live in a semi-desert (in Baja, Mexico) and summers here can be brutal. Imagine going through pregnancy with such high temperatures, it must be hellish … 

    Are these blankets available on Amazon? What would be the best place to buy them? Is it ok to just store them with ordinary blankets if I do not use them? 

    Although I am not pregnant, this is very useful information. I may still have a baby some time in the future, who knows 😉 and I know many families and mothers here who could use this information. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Hi Christine;

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about weighted blankets and pregnancy. Yes, the heat can be awful at that time. I had my son at the end of summer and August was dreadful for me.

      Feel free to bookmark the website for future reference, or to share with friends and family. The weighted blankets are good for so many things, pregnancy and beyond.

      You will find a good selection of the top-rated weighted blankets on Amazon, and we provide links in all of our posts for your convenience. And, you can certainly store them as you would any blanket. Make sure it is in a dry place to keep it fresh.

      All the best with your sleep,
      Stella

  2. I think it makes sense that a weighted blanket could have benefits for anyone, including someone who was pregnant. I myself am not pregnant but I might get a weighted blanket because it might help me sleep better. Thanks for creating such a thorough website about weighted blankets. Before finding your website, I was not aware of how helpful they could be. I only knew one person who ever mentioned a weighted blanket. Are there any risks involved with weighted blankets? Thanks again!

    1. Hi Charles;

      Yes, weighted blankets are suitable for many people. You might be interested in our post about weighted blankets for adults.

      The main thing to consider when using these blankets is not to use them on babies, and to make sure the person can move the blanket on their own. It should never be restrictive for them. Check out our weighted blanket guide.

      All the best with better sleep,
      Stella

  3. Thank you so much for such an informative post!  

    I am not pregnant, but I am looking for tricks to help me fall asleep faster. I have been struggling with sleep since my boyfriend left to go overseas. Usually we sleep very close together and I fall asleep quickly. 

    Without the pressure of his body against mine, sleep evades me. I am very excited to take your advice and try the weighted blanket technique. I love that it is known to reduce stress and normalize cortisol levels. Everyone needs a bit of that! 

    Are there different weights? Or is it ‘one weight fits all’ for blankets? 

    Thanks for your help! 

  4. After going through pregnancy myself, I can see how a weighted blanket could certainly help alleviate some of the discomforts associated with pregnancy. As a working mother-to-be, I did have a certain amount of stress associated with my pregnancy, and after hearing the reports that these weighted blankets have been proven to help reduce stress, I think I would have been willing to try one. I have also heard that sufferers of anxiety have found great relief with these blankets, and am considering purchasing them for a few people on my Christmas list this year. Do you have any suggestions on where to find the best pricing on them? Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated.

    Blessings,

    Malinda

  5. The cooling weighted blankets sounds swell Stella, 

    It’s actually my first time hearing of one, I never thought of checking it out until I read about it on your article, nice! It sounds very flexible and practical especially when you can adjust to increase and lower the temperature according to the body’s needs. Besides pregnant mothers, anyone from any backgrounds can use it too right?

  6. When my girlfriend was pregnant, she almost always slept with a weighted blanket. We usually fit the blanket to the edges of our mattress, then all we have to do, is to pull it over us. This way, we can also easily move it away from our body.

    In my experience, using weighted blanket gives me the best sleep ever. Thanks for the interesting post. 

  7. I started using a weighted blanket before I got pregnant, to help with my insomnia. After a couple weeks of use it really did help me sleep so much better. Now I’m pregnant and I still have to wake up 3-4 times a night to pee (or just for no reason, because pregnancy always makes my insomnia worse) but the weighted blanket still helps me sleep longer and more relaxed than when I don’t use it. I’ve only used the warming cover so far since I got it in early winter, but now that winter is towards the end and my body temp has increased from pregnancy I’ll probably switch to the cooling cover soon since I’m starting to get too warm. Over all, definitely worth the investment!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
      It’s so awesome to hear that you’re getting benefit from your weighted blanket, even during your pregnancy. Yes, it’s so great to be able to switch up the covers to suit the seasons and heating needs.

      We wish you all the best going forward,
      Stella

  8. My wife used a weighted blanket during both periods when she was pregnant and I can say that it helped her a lot.
    Sleep was the main problem and the weighted blanket made her get enough rest. It seems as if this has now been passed on to our 2 children and they have no sleep problems at all.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this useful article with us and if you don’t mind I would like to share it on my social media account.

    1. Thanks for sharing your wife’s success with a weighted blanket during her pregnancies. It’s great to hear the children sleep well, too.

      Yes, feel free to share our posts on your social media, etc., and we’re glad you find it useful.

      Stella

  9. Nice article you have here. In my honest opinion, there are no risks in using a weighted blanket in pregnancy. This is because there are no drugs or chemicals that could be inhaled or absorbed by your body, so it is very ideal for pregnant women who have trouble sleeping and wish to get comfort .

    1. Thanks for sharing your opinion. No, weighted blankets don’t generally pose any risks for pregnant woman. But it is still a personal choice, and they should consult their physician for a final decision about what is best in their circumstances.

      Stella

  10. Wow! I had never thought to check out what really makes a weighted blanket better than other blankets and how beneficial it could be, especially for pregnant women. I really appreciate you sharing this as I am an expecting mom myself who could potentially benefit from using a weighted blanket at this time.

    1. Yes, there are many aspects of pregnancy that might benefit from using a weighted blanket. You could consult with your physician to see if it’s a good choice for you personally.

      Stella

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