Float therapy during pregnancy has amazing benefits, and given the constant restrictiveness pregnancy entails, it’s quite the relief to find something that feels good and reaps the benefits. Three main benefits of floating during pregnancy are the relief of (not to be understated) “normal” pregnancy pains, the improvement in sleep quality and most remarkably- the bond enhancement between you and your baby.
- Float Therapy for Pregnancy Pain Relief
Who knew growing a baby would have so many symptoms? Sure, you expected the regular back ache and swelling, but what about those other surprises like leg cramps, itchiness from stretched skin, swelling-induced carpal tunnel syndrome and round ligament pain? Not to mention, the added pregnancy weight is an adjustment that takes some time to get used to. Floating during pregnancy is essential to addressing these discomforts. The Epsom salt-laden solution takes up all the unaccustomed weight you’re bearing, allowing you to float feeling entirely weightless, removing all strain and pain from your whole body. And better yet, the pain relief is immediate. There are multiple positions you can try, one of them being belly down. Belly sleepers especially will look forward to this pose, as it’s something physically impossible during pregnancy.
- Pregnancy Float Therapy to Improve Sleep
Women who once relied on sleep medications pre-pregnancy may struggle with being able to falling and staying asleep. Insomnia is a common pregnancy symptom that typically hits hardest during the 3rd trimester. Floating during pregnancy is proven to help get a better night’s sleep. And any sleep that you’ve been missed can be made up with the time of each session since 1 hour of floating is comparable to 4 hours of sleep.
- The “Mirror Effect”
Think about baby’s environment- a warm womb, where he or she is floating in complete darkness. This is the exact same experience you’ll have while floating. These simultaneous occurrences are what’s referred to as a “mirror effect”. Floating also relieves stress by decreasing cortisol levels and encouraging the production of endorphins. The combination of the mirror effect and relaxation put’s mom-to-be in a comforting and tranquil state where she can meditate and enjoy the feeling of her growing baby.
Floating during pregnancy is recommended for women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Float tanks keep water’s temperature at 94 degrees, which simulates skin temperature and keeps the body at its core temperature. Hot tubs are much hotter than this and raise the body’s temperature too high for a developing baby. It’s not required, but feel free to contact your doctor to get floating approval before your appointment. It’s important to us that your mind be completely at ease for this Zen-filled experience.
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