Is Swimming Good For You During Pregnancy?
It doesn’t seem like the hot and sweaty summer has plans to leave us alone this year. And if you are pregnant there are high chances that you might be cursing this hostile weather like everyone else So, instead of cursing why don’t you take a dip in the pool? Don you sexy maternity swimming costume and take a deep plunge in the relaxing blue waters. (Ah! Water, just the thought of it is enough to cool you down)
Across the globe most doctors, fitness experts and moms agree that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise while you are pregnant. So, there’s no need for you to worry. But, if you are worried about swimming then consult your doctor and find out what he thinks about it. Take a green signal from him before you start with anything.
Benefits of swimming when you are pregnant:
- Water takes off the body weight, which means you feel lighter and there is also less stress on your back
- Swimming utilises the larger muscles of both your hands and legs giving you a good cardiovascular workout
- Swimming even improves your blood circulation
- A dip in the pool would also keep you fit and toned
- Swimming also helps you burn calories.
- It also helps you sleep better and thus deal with all the physical and emotional changes in a much better way
- While swimming you are also at a lower risk of any injury
- If you have been facing bloating then you might want to take a swim as it reduces swelling and fluid retention
- And in general the cold water improves your mood to a great extent
Even though swimming is considered to be safe during pregnancy there are a few tips that would help you get the maximum benefits out of your exercise. Read them below.
Tips to enjoy your dip in the pool
- If you have never been into the pool all your life, then now is not the correct time to start from scratch. If you are really keen on swimming now, then hire a tutor who is experienced and responsible
- While you swim your skin might stay hydrated but you need to drink at least 8 ounces (roughly 250 ml) of water before you swim and another glass after 20 minutes in the pool and one more once you are done for the day
- Don’t swim for too long if your body doesn’t allow it
- During the second trimester you can lie on your back with your favourite novel and enjoy the backstrokes
- For third trimester breaststroke might prove more beneficial
- Keep your intensity level to medium, do not push your body to do something that it is not comfortable with
- Swim in the style/stroke that seems the most comfortable to you
- Ensure that the pool you are going to is clean and well maintained
- If you are scared to be alone while you swim take along your bestie for a nice relaxing heart to heart talk
If you have a history of miscarriages, early labour, multiple pregnancies, heart problem or any other medical issues then you might just stay away from swimming.
So, get yourself a gorgeous maternity bikini or tankini for that extra comfort and swim your way through the scorching heat.