If you are a fitness freak then pregnancy should not be an excuse for you to discontinue your exercise routine. Ofcourse, never get into any exercise routine during pregnancy without consulting with your doctor. Off many known forms of prenatal exercises, swimming is one of the most recommended one during pregnancy. If you are already a swimmer and your health care professional has given you a green signal then you can start swimming right from day one of pregnancy through last day of pregnancy. If you are planning to learn swimming during pregnancy then you might as well want to hold on or act per your doctor’s advise.
While swimming can be a welcome relief from your aches and pains during pregnancy, always make sure you listen to your body and never over exert your self. Swimming while pregnant has some great benefits through various stages of pregnancy.
Always start slow and do no exceed a swim session exceeding 30 minutes
Choosing the right swimming stroke is important during pregnancy. Breast stroke is recommended since it keeps your head above water and is less strenuous. While front crawl is a recommended stroke in third trimester, it definitely requires more energy and should be done with caution.
Apart from swimming, aerobic exercise, prenatal yoga and walking are other forms of exercises that pregnant women should include in their routine to stay fit, healthy and positive. The key is to always keep your health information at the back of your mind and listen to your body when it says “enough”. Enjoy pregnancy and have fun swimming during pregnancy!