Whilst being pregnant is a special time for women, it doesn’t come without its difficulties. It can add a lot of stress to your body, send you on an emotional roller coaster and make you very uncomfortable, especially in the later stages of the pregnancy.
Float therapy can be an amazing way to remove some of the physical stress on your body by being able to relax in a weightless environment, whilst also helping the mental stress by promoting a sense of wellbeing and calm.
As the tanks are filled with Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) to create the buoyancy, you will absorb the magnesium into your body. Calcium and magnesium are some of the most common remedies for pregnancy problems and one of the best ways to get magnesium into your system is transdermally, or through the skin.
Did you know that in hospitals, they may even administer magnesium-sulphate via an IV drip as a way to delay or stop pre-term labour?
We have provided some details below on other ways floating may be beneficial during pregnancy
Many body parts can exhibit swelling during pregnancy. Magnesium supplements are commonly used to treat swelling as well as the usual recommendations to relieve pressure on the area. Floating is a great way to increase your magnesium levels while being in a weightless environment that is removing the pressure from your joints and body. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!
Getting a good night’s sleep while pregnant can be a major challenge, and a lack of sleep can snowball into other issues – such as stress, muscle tension and mood swings. Many people fall asleep during their float session and the magnesium you absorb during the float has been proven to help with better quality sleep.
Floating encourages a sense of calm and wellbeing. By removing all stimulus there is no sensations to process and nothing else to do except relax. This relaxation will help reduce overall stress levels, and lower the amount of the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body.
Lower Blood Pressure:
High blood pressure can lead to conditions such as pre-eclampsia that can endanger the life of both you and your baby. As blood pressure is closely related to stress levels, the deep relaxation that can be achieved in a float tank can help reduce blood pressure. In addition, as your body is not fighting gravity, your blood vessels can fully dilate, increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure.
Promotes Mum-Baby bonding:
There is something very womb-like about the float tank. Often all you can hear is your own breathing and heartbeat, and some even report being able to hear their baby’s heartbeat. While floating and listening to those sounds you are mirroring the effects of what your baby is experiencing inside your own womb, which allows for a very special connection.
Are there any other considerations I should be aware of?
While floating should be perfectly safe for an expectant mother, we always recommend that you consult your health care professional before floating, to ensure that it is suitable for you.
You may find that floating on your back is not the most comfortable position in the later stages of pregnancy and you may want to experiment with different positions. We have head supports and pool noodles that you can use under your back or to prop up your knees or you can even try floating on your stomach. Please just have a chat to our friendly staff and we can provide these for you.
As any mum-to be knows, bathrooms visits can be more regular with a baby adding pressure so we would recommend avoiding a lot of drink prior to your session so you don’t need to disrupt your session with a bathroom break.
However far along you are in your pregnancy, floating can help with a myriad of ailments. If you or a friend are expecting a little one soon, let us walk you through the benefits of floating.