Floating has many well researched benefits and people from all walks of life have benefitted from floating. From sports stars, like David Beckham, Wayne Rooney to celebrities like famous podcaster, Joe Rogan, so many people use float tanks. There is perhaps one particular group of people that can benefit enormously from floating, and that is pregnant women.
We have had a number of pregnant women at Flotarium and all have found their experiences highly beneficial. The sense of weightlessness on the body, relief from tired and stiff backs and sore joints, there are many benefits for expectant mothers.
There are no contra-indications for pregnant women but it is always advisable to get your doctors permission first, especially in the first trimester. There are several well recognised benefits of floating for pregnant women. Let take a look at some of them.
Alleviation of Stress
In many scientific studies Floating has been shown to help alleviate may forms of stress. A less stressful pregnancy means a healthier pregnancy for mum and child. If an expectant mother is stressed it can affect the development of the child in the womb and even the child’s later development.
Helps expectant mums to sleep better.
Pregnancy can be very uncomfortable, especially on the back. I know, my wife has been through the process twice. Sleep too, is often disrupted which can add a greater strain to Mum and baby…and even partner. Scientific research confirms what many women know to be true: disrupted sleep and insomnia are incredibly common during pregnancy. Floating shows that women struggling with insomnia and or irregular sleep patterns benefit greatly from a float session. It is far better to float and absorb magnesium (which is known as a natural sleep aid) than to take pills and other medication which may have harmful side effects.
The water in a float tank is rich in Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate). Magnesium is a very important mineral, which we generally lack. It can be depleted by stress, bad diet and lifestyle choices. It is absorbed easily through the skin thus ensuring that pregnant women are meeting the recommended intake of this very important mineral
Physical Comfort during Pregnancy
Of course, the most obvious benefit of floating while pregnant is its inherent physical comfort. Almost all women experience aches and pains from carrying the excess weight of a baby, and the weightless sensation of a float tank provides immediate relief.
Floating to connect with baby
Floating can be very interesting, as reported by many. There’s no scientific research to back up this final benefit, but ample anecdotal reports. Many pregnant women find the experience of floating in a darkened tank, while their baby is floating in their own womb, to provide an incredible bonding experience. In the floating community, this is known as “the mirror effect”. Some women also report enhanced feelings of the baby’s movements during floating, further enhancing their emotional bond with their unborn baby.