Take a break from gravity
Floating counteracts the gravitational pressure you’ll be feeling as your bump gets bigger. “On dry land, gravity keeps your feet on the ground,” says Susan, “but it also puts immense pressure on the lower part of your body.” As your bump and boobs grow, you’ll begin to notice you feel slightly off balance. This is because your centre of gravity has shifted forwards, which can put a strain on your body and result in niggly aches and pains. “When you’re in water of sufficient depth, the pressure is reversed,” explains Susan. “There’s an upward thrust due to the buoyancy of the water, and the resulting weightlessness eases the strain on your body.” Gravity also makes sleeping or lying on your back for long periods in pregnancy a problem: “Lying on your back can put pressure on a main blood vessel that returns blood from your lower body to your heart and brain, and also to your placenta,” explains Susan, “so it’s best avoided.” If you’ve been missing lying on your back or on your front during pregnancy, floating will bring an opportunity to enjoy being in those positions again. “In water, your weight is supported, so it’s not an issue at all,” adds Susan.