Pregnant Ladies LOVE to FLOAT!

By Nicole Servun, Float8ion Wellness Lounge

One group that benefits almost immediately when stepping into the tank are pregnant women. From the comfort of experiencing a near-zero gravity environment to stress relief, improved sleep, managing leg cramps, and finding a deepened emotional connection to their child, mums-to-be can find tremendous benefits – both mentally and physically – from float tanks.

Every mother wants the best for their children, so during pregnancy, there’s no better time to take care of mind, body and soul! Benefits of floating while pregnant:

Physical Relief/Swelling:
As pregnant women come closer to full-term, their entire body is put to the test. Gravity is relentless and in the final stages of pregnancy, there is often no position – sitting, standing, lying down, or otherwise – that can relieve this pressure. Enter the float tank! The sense of weightlessness experienced during float therapy can offer immense pain relief for their lower back, pelvis, and swollen joints. For belly sleepers who miss sleeping in the prone position, float therapy offers the opportunity to float face down. 

Magnesium Absorption for Prenatal Health – Preventing Hypertension, Braxton Hicks Contractions and Leg Cramps:
Magnesium is crucial to more than 300 enzyme-driven biochemical reactions occurring in the body, and women are often advised to increase their magnesium intake during pregnancy. Magnesium can help reduce the leg cramping that is so common in pregnancy, decrease the intensity of Braxton Hicks contractions, and hospitals will often provide IV magnesium-sulfate to stop preterm labor. Magnesium deficiency is also one of the primary causes of preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) which can be extremely dangerous for mother and child. The float tank contains ~1,000lbs of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), and although the science is still out about dermal absorption, it’s believed anecdotally that Magnesium is absorbed through the skin, making it an excellent way for moms to supplement their recommended dose.

Many expectant mothers report issues with sleep quality and insomnia, especially towards the end of the pregnancy. 90-minutes in a float tank can offer significant rest and help improve sleep for several nights in a row. It’s a great natural alternative to sleep-inducing medications that many women prefer to avoid during pregnancy.

Stress Relief:
Pregnancy is an amazing miracle, but it can also bring a tremendous amount of stress as mums undergo physical and emotional changes. Managing stress is very important while pregnant, and studies have shown that a mother’s stress levels during pregnancy can negatively affect the development of her child, and increase the chances of having a premature baby or a low-birthweight baby. The float tank offers a peaceful environment to relax and relieve stress. This can also be a great benefit for women struggling with conception.

The Mirror Effect – Connecting with Your Baby:
Floating is often described as a ‘womb-like experience’ so when an expectant mother floats she is mirroring the experience of her baby. In doing this, many women find that floating allows them to deepen their emotional and physical connection with their child. Some women also report hearing their child’s heartbeat in the third trimester.

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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