Although many people promote the benefits of floating for pregnant women, they often forget to discuss the benefits of floating after delivery as well. Women who have just given birth are still in the so-called “fourth trimester,” during which time they need to take care of their bodies and emotions, avoid post-partum depression, and preserve their health. Whether you are preparing to give birth or have recently delivered a baby, consider the following reasons for enjoying floatation therapy.
1. Weightless Relief
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 this stress. Floatation therapy offers the sensation of weightlessness, allowing pregnant women to gain immediate relief from discomfort.
2. Unparalleled Rest
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.
3. 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. Especially if a pregnant woman floats on her stomach, both mom and baby are able to enjoy the comfort of a peaceful, relaxing environment.
4. 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 floatation therapy is a healthy option for you!