What is a Weighted Blanket?
A weighted blanket is a blanket with weight evenly distributed throughout the blanket. The weight helps to calm the nervous system, promotes relaxation, and provides deep pressure touch. It is made of various materials and has a weight in it. Weighted blankets are used for people who suffer from insomnia, stress, anxiety, PTSD and other disorders.
Weighted blankets are designed to provide sensory input for people who have sensory processing disorders or who have difficulty regulating their own body temperature. It’s worth noting that weighted blankets are not just for adults. They can also be used by children to help them sleep better. The pressure from a weighted blanket can also help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and PTSD.
Can you use a Weighted Blanket While Pregnant?
The use of weighted blankets during pregnancy is a controversial topic. Some doctors are saying it could be beneficial for pregnant women because it can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of pregnancy such as restless leg syndrome, lower back pain and sciatica. But other doctors are saying it could be harmful because it can restrict the blood flow to the fetus and cause complications in labor. Many people use them for therapeutic purposes, including those who suffer from anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
The general consensus among doctors is that pregnant women should not use a weighted blanket while they are expecting their baby to come out healthy.
Weighted Blanket Benefits for Pregnant Women
Weighted blankets are becoming more and more popular in the US. The benefits of using a weighted blanket for pregnant women are numerous.
Here are some of the benefits of using a weighted blanket while pregnant and why you should consider purchasing one if you are expecting:-
1)- Weighted blankets have been shown to have a calming effect on adults with ADHD, autism, anxiety, or PTSD. They also provide stress relief for adults who work long hours or suffer from insomnia or restless leg syndrome.
2)- It can help mitigate pregnancy weight gain by providing more pressure on the body which increases blood circulation and releases endorphins that promote relaxation and sleepiness.
3)- It can help with sleep and anxiety issues as well as provide comfort and warmth while they sleep.
4)- Weighted blankets are also used for people with autism, anxiety, PTSD, and other disorders that may cause them to feel overstimulated.
5)- Weighted blankets work by providing a sense of security and comfort. They have been proven to reduce stress hormones like cortisol in adults and children.