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I’m Pregnant - Can I float?
Yes, pregnant women may use float tanks.
Floating while pregnant (after medical clearance from your physician) allows you to escape the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body and spine (and feet!). It promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy.
One of the biggest life changing events is getting pregnant. It affects your physical, mental and emotional state unlike anything you’ve experienced before. No two pregnancies are alike, making the journey of each individual one that much more unique. For some mothers, pregnancy can take its toll when things like swelling, insomnia, cramping and stress start to creep in on a frequent to everyday basis.
Floatation therapy is a great way for pregnant women to relax and alleviate the strains and pains put on their bodies while growing life -- The near-zero gravity experience takes pressure off of your back, legs and joints, and the magnesium in the Epsom salts helps with inflammation, promotes better sleep and reduces stress.
Many pregnant women experience what’s called a bonding “mirror effect” when floating: the experience of the mother floating in a sensory-reduced environment mimics the experience her baby has in her womb. Some soon-to-be moms also report feeling their baby move more during a float, perhaps because they aren’t expending as much physical or mental energy on other senses during the float.
Ready to give floating a try? Pregnant women should consult with their physicians before floating.
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