Take a break from grav­ity

Living and Loving - - PREGNANCY & BIRTH -

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.

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