Updated: Oct 10, 2019
We are born floating
It is fascinating to reflect on how we develop for 9 months in a natural version of a float tank – our mother’s womb enveloped in warmth. In a completely natural state of being, our journey to enhance human development has already began prior to birth. Therefore, pregnant women longing to support their bodies transformation, or hoping to bond with their unborn child, or take the stress away from being an expectant parent, (whether first time round or not,) can aim to float regularly.
Scientific studies show floating during pregnancy helps improve sleeping patterns and can even relieve sleep disorders such as insomnia. This is extremely beneficial for pregnant women who experience disjointed sleep. Floating provides a natural alternative from sleep-inducing medication; something more and more women are seeking. Magnesium absorption is essential for women during pregnancy and as the float tanks contain Epsom salts; it really is the perfect environment to aid our bodily functions via magnesium intake. Magnesium can be absorbed through food, dietary supplements and skin which makes floating a great way for pregnant women’s mineral intake.
Floatation can relieve the pains and pressure women encounter during their pregnancy. Most pregnant women experience fatigue, backaches, and sore feet.
Therefore, the Epsom salt in the water minimises gravity, supporting the body to float, and allows one to feel weightlessness. This eases any muscle tensions or pressure points and ultimately enables muscle relaxation. Complete relief for expectant mothers!
Benefits of Floating During Pregnancy
Promotes Mother-Baby Bonding: Laying in the float tank has often been described as womb-like. Turning off the lights and drifting towards deep relaxation whilst listening to your own heartbeat and even your baby’s heartbeat can intensify a highly pleasant experience. You may be able to visualise your baby’s experience inside the uterus, which can lead to a very special and strong connection.
Lower Blood Pressure: Stress levels and blood pressure are linked, hence the need for you to enter a state of deep relaxation and you can do so via the float tank. Floating lowers blood pressure due to the burden being lifted from the body, free from gravity which means blood vessels can fully dilate, reducing blood pressure and increasing blood flow.
Reduce Stress: Ever feel rushed? Running out of time or lack attention for self-care? It’s stressful! Everyone can get stressed, especially if you’re already a mother; it may feel challenging to gain a few minutes of peace and quiet. Entering a warm womb-like float tank helps you forget the aches and pains of the body and as there is no sensations to process and nothing else to do but drift, everything slows down. No sense of time means meditation happens effortlessly.
Reduce Swelling: Floating takes the pressure off your joints, which is already a wonderful sensation. That reduction of pressure can also help reduce edema or prevent swelling. Another popular treatment to reduce swelling is taking magnesium supplements; so floating is a fantastic way to combine both treatments!
Everything you need is available at Floating Point Float Centre, you will be provided with toiletries and towels to make your float as comfortable as possible. The float time is 60 minutes but in total an hour and a half to allow time to shower and dress. A few tips for pregnant women planning to float would be to avoid drinking a lot of water before the float, instead, drink plenty of water after a float. Also, try small protein snacks prior to entering the tank, especially if you’re still experiencing nausea. You may want to try different positions in the tank, you don’t have to float on your back! We have some props that can help you float on your belly or your side for a little while.
You can safely float during first, second or third trimester of pregnancy, but a lot of places won’t allow pregnant floaters after 37 weeks of pregnancy because of the risk of your water breaking during the float (it’s not a big risk by the way, but they take their precautions.) Self-care is an important part of maintaining a healthy mind and body. Remember, we are born floating and whether you are a first-time mum or not; you will want to remember this precious time of nurturing the unborn baby inside of you. Take time to reflect, bond, and enjoy your post float glow.