Swimming During Pregnancy - A Low Impact Exercise For Those Nine Months

by Pool Builders on 03-16-2010 in Articles

Why swimming is good during pregnancy?

Swimming during pregnancy is one of the most relaxing and comfortable exercises that a pregnant woman can practice.

Swimming is a low-impact exercise and it is particularly suitable for pregnant woman.

During the third trimester, the potential conflict between the woman and the baby for glucose and blood flow is greatest. So swimming in a prone position (face-down) is excellent to promote optimal blood flow to the uterus.

Normally the core temperature of a woman does not rise so quickly when swimming, because heat loss by conduction is more efficient in water than air. Thus the baby gets an extra safeguard against overheating.

Pressure of the water encourages water loss, making swimming a particularly appealing option for pregnant women who tend to have edema.

During pregnancy there are changes in your cardiovascular and respiratory system. Cardiovascular system increases significantly in the late second and early third trimester. Swimming during pregnancy will help to regulate your cardiovascular system to avoid any cardiac complication.

Swimming increases muscle tone and strength, specially the back, abdomen and legs, which is important during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Pregnancy care when swimming

Diving and jumping into a pool are not recommended, because of the risk of injury for you or your baby, particularly after the first trimester when the baby is no longer within the pelvis.

Try to swim in a pool where there are not many people. Although swimming is a softness exercise, you may be exposed that someone could hit you.

Make sure the pool is clean. Even if your baby is protected by the placenta, you may get an infection in your vagina.

If possible, consider swimming lessons with other pregnant moms. You will feel more relaxed and confident.

Tips for Swimming During the First Trimester

If you have the energy, swim for at least 20 minutes every other day for the greatest benefit. Swimming first thing in the morning may relieve morning sickness and fatigue

Tips for Swimming During the Second Trimester

You will not have to cut down on swimming as your body grows larger. You probably will need to adjust your schedule, but wearing a maternity swimsuit may be more comfortable as your belly expands. It may be difficult to find one, however, if it is off-season.

Tips for Swimming During the Thirds Trimester

The water will support your joints and ligaments as you swim, preventing injury. You will not get overheat when swimming. The breaststroke is particularly beneficial in the third trimester, because it lengthens the chest muscles and shortens the back muscles. These are two areas that typically become uneven as your body changes during pregnancy.

Use a snorkel to relive the pressure on your neck that is created when turning your head to breathe.

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