At some point in your life you've probably been reminded to "enjoy the journey." That's sage advice for most of life's adventures, but it's particularly true for the 40 miraculous weeks you'll spend with your baby growing inside you. Of course, your rosy glow of pregnancy sometimes can be clouded by less pleasant side effects that come with the turf, bones move, ligaments are stretched, organs are pushed and shoved to make way for a tiny (although it doesn’t feel so tiny at the time) human being. Your body becomes a miracle of nature but It’s no wonder that a pregnant body aches, swells and becomes uncomfortable.
You are the most incredible landlord to the perfect tenant, the smile on your babies face whilst its floating peacefully in your womb, completely relaxed and snuggled in a cocoon of nourishing warm water… It’s no surprise some babies need an eviction notice at 42 weeks!
Floatation therapy is the perfect way for mum and bub to both be smiling. There are many benefits to floating and no group of individuals finds more immediate relief than pregnant women! Its the only place on earth you can truely eliminate gravity. With its sense of weightlessness, there is zero pressure on the body as the 550kgs of magnesium rich epsom salts, and skin temperature water, effortlessly supports the two of you no matter how big your belly.
The benefits of floatation therapy in float tanks are plentiful, here are just a few that you receive may gain from floating regularly
Improved Sleep Quality
It can become increasingly difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position as a pregnant belly grows, with sleep being constantly disrupted, it can, for some women lead to insomnia. Floating has been shown to help women struggling with insomnia get a better night’s sleep. One hour in the pod is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep and it is a natural alternative to sleep-inducing medications that many women prefer to avoid during pregnancy. The effects from floating can last for several days post float which can help create a healthier sleep routine.
Relief from Stress
A lot of first-time expectant mums are nervous and stressed leading up to the birth of their baby. Not only is your body going through massive changes physically and hormonally, there’s also a lot to do prior to bub’s arrival, not to forget mum’s that already have a toddler or young child to care for also! Its imperative to look after your mental health at this time as stress can negatively impact a pregnancy. Floating lowers your body’s levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress and the brain releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness. Not only will you emerge feeling relaxed, happy and rejuvenated, the effects can last for days after.
Physical Comfort during Pregnancy
Floating feels great anytime, but it is particularly helpful as your baby grow. Almost all women experience physical discomfort during pregnancy, the added pressure on their lower back, their tummy, inflammation and swollen ankles are almost a given. So just imagine instant relief, being weightless, suspended effortlessly by 500kgs of epsom salt in skin temperature water. All the pressure is released from your spine, legs, lungs and organs. If it sounds too good to be true, we promise its not, not only have we been lucky enough to float through a pregnancy, as have many of our friends and 10,000’s of other women. (See video below) We will always brief mums to be about pregnancy float positions that we recommend for maximum comfort and we also supply additional pillows and pool noodles to ensure you have the most relaxed pregnancy float experiences.
Stress robs the body of magnesium and a lack of magnesium causes stress. It’s the mineral we need most, yet are the most deficient in! Our Dreampod is filled with ~550Kgs of magnesium rich, premium grade Epsom Salt so you can float effortlessly whilst absorbing the major mineral through your skin, which is the most effective way to replenish the levels in your body. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and is essential to our mental and emotional well-being and behaviour. It helps reduce irritability, nervousness and anxiety and also improves your sleep, concentration and the function of your muscles and nervous system to leave you feeling more relaxed, clear and calm for days. Everyone will comment on how amazing your skin and hair look also.
The Mirror Effect
You couldn’t get a more perfect setting to bond with your baby than in the tranquil environment of a float pod. Many women describe floating as “a womb within a womb”-like experience. Baby responds to mum’s state of relaxation and it can feel as though he or she is floating (or sometimes swimming around) in their own womb, creating a beautiful bond between mum and Bub.
Regular float sessions will literally have you floating your way through pregnancy with a heightened sense of calmness and clarity, a positive mindset and wonderful sense of wellbeing.
Because of common side effects such as nausea during the first trimester, we float women between week 12-37 of their pregnancy. While most GPs and midwives have no concern with pregnant women floating, we recommend checking in with them first to get the all clear.
If you or someone you know would like to try float therapy during pregnancy we would love to be of assistance.
Enjoy this video from Alaskan float centre owners, Kirsten and Lena, who also run a birth centre. They present on some exciting findings from studies they’ve been running out of their facilities.