Pregnancy has many joys to it, the best being connecting with and creating a new life.  It is also a very taxing experience on a woman’s body.  Often I am asked if it is ok to Float during pregnancy to alleviate the stress of pregnancy and promote well being.  The answer is, absolutely yes.  As a precaution we recommend floating after the 1st trimester.  In all things medical, it is best to consult your physician about your individual needs.

That being said, there are many benefits to be had from floating while pregnant.  Keep in mind that floating is done in reverse osmosis water filled with pharmaceutical grade Epsom Salt.  Epsom Salt is composed of magnesium and sulfate, providing a mineral your body needs for health and wellness.  The use of calcium-magnesium is a popular over the counter supplement used during pregnancy.  Hospitals will give a pregnant woman an IV of Magnesium-Sulfate to prevent preterm labor.

The benefits you recieve from these minerals while floating are as follows:

  • Swelling Reduction: Floating is similar to being in zero gravity, all the stress is taken off of your joints and spine.  The baby is also not pressing on anything for a bit, taking some much needed tension off your body.  An added bonus is the reduction in pressure may also reduce edema and may even prevent swelling from occuring again.

  • Lowers Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is closely related to and affected by your stress levels.  Along with being very comfortable, your body is relieved from the stress of gravity so your blood vessels can fully dilate.  This increases blood flow while reducing blood pressure.

  • Stress Reduction: Besides the reduction of physical stress, the float tank offers a little me-time for the soon to be mom.  It is nice to have a place to relax in peace and quiet and let the pressures on your body and the stress on your mind melt away so you can recharge and have better well being.

Did I mention that floating is also a great way to alleviate the anxiety one may feel while trying to get pregnant?  Talk to your doctor and experience the natural healing provided in the float tank.

Be still and be well.