Though leading an active lifestyle is recommended for everyone, there’s still some controversy regarding exercising during pregnancy; while some oppose it firmly for putting the unborn baby at risk, others support it and even encourage it, as it helps women feel better and makes labor and delivery much easier. Swimming on the other hand, is approved by almost all parties.
So why is swimming so important for pregnant women?
As we already know, we use all of our major muscles while swimming, which makes it a full body workout that tones our muscles and improves our blood circulation. For pregnant women, this means better coping with pregnancy symptoms.
Swimming is also safe and has very low impact on the body; the reason is that the water supports the body’s weight, allowing pregnant women to feel weightless and decreasing the burden on their joints and spine. And since the increasing belly weight usually takes its toll on the back and shoulders, swimming strengthens the back muscles and reduces the pain.
Not to forget as well that swimming is a fitness sport, so it plays a big role in keeping your body weight within a healthy range; it also helps in relaxing your body and relieving stress for a better sleep.
If you’re used to swimming before pregnancy, then it should be perfectly safe to continue, and if you didn’t, it’s a good time to start! However, make sure you take all the necessary precautions, such as staying hydrated and not pushing yourself more than you should. So drink lots of water, don’t exercise to the point of exhaustion, and always work at less than 75% of your maximum heart rate. Most importantly, don’t dive in the pool, and skip the workout if you’re not feeling too well.
It is always important to discuss your exercise plans with your doctor or your healthcare professional, so you might want to share with them your new workout routines and make sure you’re not putting yourself or your baby at risk.
Swim safely 🙂by