Swimming is in fact one of the best forms of exercise and even more so during your pregnancy. The beauty with swimming is that there is no additional stress and strain which is placed on your body and joints while you are exercising.
Of course, during the summer months it is an added bonus as it will give you some welcomed relief from the heat.
If you used to swim on a regular basis prior to falling pregnant you can continue to swim without having to modify your routine too much. However, as with most exercise routines if you haven’t been swimming on a regular basis, you wont be able to simple ‘dive’ in. You will have to start off slowly, being careful not to over do it too much. Don’t forget that you also need to warm up before you swim, as well as spend a few minutes stretching and cooling down after your session.
Benefits of swimming during your pregnancy
The reason swimming is such a great exercise is because it uses large muscle groups in both your arms and legs at the same time. It offers a low-impact cardiovascular workout, and allows you to feel weightless despite the extra pounds of pregnancy.
It increases your body’s ability to process and use oxygen, improves circulation, increases muscle tone and strength and builds your endurance.
- Swimming in the first trimester
Your goal should be to try and swim for at least 20 minutes and every other day for maximum benefit. If you are suffering from morning sickness, then swimming in the morning will help you with the morning sickness, but then it may also make it worse. You will have to see how it effects you and take it from there.
- Swimming in the second trimester
One of the beauties about swimming during pregnancy is that you wont really have to cut down on your routine as your pregnancy progresses, because of the fact that it is such a low impact form of exercise.
What may require more attention is that as your belly gets bigger you may have to think about purchasing a maternity swimsuit.
- Swimming in the third trimester
When you are swimming one of the great things is that all your joints are supported by the water. It will also help prevent your body from over heating as you exercise, especially if the last trimester falls in the middle heat of the summer months.
Breast stroke during the last trimester is possibly going to be the most beneficial to you. The reason for this is because it gives a good workout to your chest and back muscles, which are the two areas most out of alignment during your pregnancy.