Floatation for pregnant women
Floatation is a key ingredient to a healthy and happy pregnancy...
From physical body to the emotional state. Floatation is a key ingredient to a healthy and happy pregnancy.
In the US and parts of Europe, Floatation Therapy is more popular now than ever for pregnant woman. Check out this video from The Morning Blend in Tucson, AZ with Judith Schuler, the author of “Your Pregnancy Book” talking about how amazing the floatation Therapy can be to pregnant woman.
During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through many changes. First there is the extra gravitational tension on the body, then the contentious worrying about the future, and add to that all the hormones. Floatation with its sense of weightlessness and relief on achy joints and Muscles is a way to maintain a healthy mind and body for the expecting mothers.
Most physicians have no concern with pregnant women floating during the second and third trimester, as with most new activities, it’s recommended to check with your physician before your first float while pregnant.
Read on for five important ways where Floatation therapy can make a positive difference in pregnancy.
1. Gives a “break” to the spine and all
When a pregnant women reach the third trimester, there is an average of 30 pounds added to the front of the body. The weight of the baby causes stress on the back, joints and muscles. It is impossible to get comfortable during this time. Floatation therapy offers intense pain relief and a well deserved break for the spine that pregnant women can’t receive anywhere else because of the zero gravity experience. All the weight and strain is lifted from the body during a floatation session.
2. Stress Relief for Expectant Mothers
Bringing a new person into the world is no easy task. Expectant mothers worry about everything.
Some stress during pregnancy is normal, just as it is during other times in life. But if stress becomes constant, the effects on the mother and the baby could be lasting. We have written many articles on how floatation is a cure for stress and many studies have been done to prove that, and there’s no better time to invest in stress reduction than during a pregnancy.
3. Epsom salt decreases inflammation
Floating in Epsom salts during pregnancy helps boosting the natural magnesium level in the body.
The pregnant woman will absorb the magnesium from the water. Magnesium has healing and anti-inflammatory powers and is amazing for the skin. The salt also helps decrease the pregnancy muscles aches and pains.
4. Helps Pregnant woman sleep better
It’s hard to sleep when the hormones are going crazy and the little one starts kicking.
Many published studies found that mothers in the second to third trimester who regular do floatation sessions, had fewer disruptions to their sleep. They woke up less at night, and were awake for shorter times. It is a wonderful natural alternative to sleep-inducing medications that many women prefer to avoid during their pregnancy.
5. Connect with the Baby
Many pregnant women find the experience of floating in a sensory deprivation tank, which offers the opportunity to experience complete relaxation in a calm, quiet environment while their baby is floating in their own womb, to provide an incredible bonding experience. Most women report enhanced feelings of the baby’s movements during floating, having a ZEN moment with the baby further enhance their emotional bond with their unborn.
During pregnancy there’s no better way to take the best possible care of your mind and body than trying floatation! After all, you’re floating for two.
Videos related to Pregnancy and Floatation
Check out this video from The Morning Blend in Tucson, AZ with Judith Schuler, the author of “Your Pregnancy Book” talking about how amazing the floatation therapy can be to pregnant woman.
Check out the Video of the beauty expert Susan Yara from the SASS Show, trying the tank for the first time while pregnant in California.
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Shanghai Maternity Resources & Partners
Some good information for parents or soon to be parents in Shanghai
This website offers a lot of helpful online Shanghai maternity information. Their forum and WeChat accounts are very active and parents can easily share their experience. They also organize events giving you the opportunity to directly meet with the community.