As beautiful as pregnancy can be, when you’re in your second or third trimester and it’s a thousand degrees out, it’s safe to say you’ve felt better. The antidote—besides camping out in AC all summer—is taking a cool, refreshing dip in the pool. And luckily, indulging in that simple summer pleasure just got a whole lot easier thanks to this brilliant pool float designed specifically for pregnant women.
“Keep mama happy” is the motto behind the specialty inflatable from BellyFlopz—and they've lived up to their word. It’s a raft-like float that features a bump-friendly hole, cut at the exact right position for pregnant bellies. That means moms-to-be can float belly down and, thanks to the natural buoyancy of water, take a break from the pressure and aches and pains of pregnancy.
The creator really did think of everything here. The border around the hole is covered in soft fabric to prevent any irritation, and there’s a “boob groove” at the top of the opening to accommodate women’s expanding bust. Honestly, could it get any better?
Gina Green, the inventor behind BellyFlopz, said she came up with the concept when she was pregnant with her third child. She found herself spending a lot of time around water, and she realized swimming and floating was a great way to take the pressure off her expanding body.
“Watching my family enjoy the water lounging on their belly with their pool floats made me think, there has to be a way to enjoy the weightlessness of the water and have the luxury of lying on my pregnant belly,” she explains on her site.
And we’ve got to admit, it’s a great idea. For $40, the float not only offers some much-needed relief from the sweltering heat, but it can also provide some added support for pool exercises. We all know staying healthy and active during pregnancy is important for childbirth, and swimming is the perfect workout—it’s low-impact, and you’re not going to overheat.
Pool? Check. Bump-friendly pool float? Check. All you need now is the SPF!