Floating for pain relief during pregnancyTake the weight off and relax, for the good of mum and baby
Floating for pain relief during pregnancy
Pressures of pregnancy
While pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time, there can be no doubt that it can also place quite a demand on the body.
Extra weight carried during pregnancy can cause a strain on joints and muscles, particularly in the back. Pain or discomfort, along with hormonal changes and uncertainty, can lead to stress, which can in turn make pain or discomfort harder to deal with.
Many women experience difficulty finding a comfortable position to sleep in during pregnancy. The consequent sleep deprivation also contributes to feelings of stress.
What could be one of the most exciting times of your life can become hard to cope with.
Floating can provide pain relief during pregnancy. Water saturated in Epsom salt provides complete buoyancy for the body. This means you will float effortlessly on the surface, effectively removing the pressures of gravity.
Your muscles and joints can stretch out, providing relief from pain and discomfort. Floating reduces blood pressure and improves circulation.
You can get comfortable
A wonderful thing about floating while pregnant is that it can be an opportunity to rest comfortably in positions which may not be comfortable otherwise.
It can be easier to lie on your back in the water than anywhere else (including bed).
You can also adapt your floating position to float on your front or side, whichever is most comfortable. We provide support equipment similar to in this photo.
Floatation therapy reduces levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol.
Reducing stress levels can only be good news for pregnant mum and unborn baby.
Furthermore, there are even more advantages beyond the feelings of relaxation and pain relief during pregnancy.
Floating can be used as an opportunity to practise breathing techniques and meditation, to create feelings of calm which can be drawn on when needed in future.
Bond with baby
When you float, you are free from distractions. In this unique environment you may notice the movements or feel the heartbeat of your unborn child more so than otherwise.
Some pregnant women find that this rare opportunity to relax in peace and quiet can be a chance to feel more of a profound connection with their baby.
Take the time to look after your mind and body (and your baby’s) during this precious phase.
Check out this short video with Gemma talking about the benefits she experienced floating while pregnant at Float in the Forest:
Like many things, floating is not advised during the first trimester of pregnancy. If in any doubt, please consult with your doctor first.
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