Floating & Pregnancy
Whether you are preparing to give birth, or have recently delivered a baby, consider the following reasons for enjoying floatation therapy.
One of the primary reasons that pregnant women love floating… it is a great opportunity to gain relief from the pull of gravity and the extra weight they are carrying around. During pregnancy, a growing belly causes inevitable strain, especially on the back. Unfortunately, most pregnant women are unable to find any relief from the discomfort caused by the stress. Floatation therapy offers the sensation of weightlessness, allowing pregnant women to gain immediate relief from discomfort.
Again, the discomfort caused by the weight of the baby frequently causes expectant mothers to have difficulty sleeping. In the float tank, the release from gravity allows you to completely relax and even sleep in a way that is sometimes impossible during the latter stages of your pregnancy. This deep relaxation and rest is also invaluable for many new moms. Keeping up with the schedule of a newborn is absolutely exhausting, and most new mothers rarely get more than a couple hours of sleep at a time. An hour in a float tank allows for extra rest that can be gained in a short amount of time.
Mirroring the Baby
Many pregnant women find that floating is a time of intense bonding between mother and child because the experience of floating is similar to the feeling of floating in the womb.
A Break from Stress
Both before and after giving birth, it is essential for mothers to avoid stress. Stress during pregnancy can be harmful to the baby, and postnatal stress only serves to make the mother’s life feel overwhelming. Both prenatal and postnatal floating can be influential in controlling these often debilitating stress levels.
**If you’re pregnant or have just had a baby, consult with your doctor or midwife to find out if flotation therapy is a healthy option for you.**
(Excerpt from “Blog, During Pregnancy” posted by Kriss Brooks, April 5, 2014)