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You Ask, We Answer: Can Pregnancy Exercise Include Swimming?

  By posted Dec 12th 2013
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You Ask, We Answer: Can Pregnancy Exercise Include Swimming?

Exercise and fitness is crucial before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy, especially aerobic exercises. Because, doing cardio exercises during pregnancy helps increase oxygen in the body, which is beneficial for both mother and baby and improves the body’s ability to utilise oxygen. Swimming is also considered a good cardio exercise during pregnancy, we attempt to find out, if this is true. 

Swimming during pregnancy exercises the arm and leg muscle groups. As, swimming for pregnant mothers is a low impact activity, and is a good cardiovascular exercise, which improves circulation in the body. 

Besides circulation, swimming during pregnancy tones the body, strengthens the muscles and increases endurance. In a way, swimming prepares the body for delivery as well. Swimming also burns calories and helps pregnant mothers stay healthy.

Back pain is common for pregnant mothers, but swimming reduces this back pain and strengthens the muscles in the back and also aligns the spine. Try swimming during pregnancy to prevent injury in the joints and tendons.

Pregnancy is associated with emotional upheaval and swimming helps control physical and emotional turmoil. Swimming during pregnancy also induces sleep and reduces bloating.

During the first trimester, pregnant women can try all strokes, but in the later stages of pregnancy, the breast stroke is more appropriate as it improves posture and strengthens the back muscles. Also, avoid doing back stroke during late pregnancy to prevent pressure on the abdomen. If you experience any form of discomfort like dizziness stop swimming.

Continuously monitor the heart rate and eat a healthy diet during pregnancy. Consume glucose in case you are swimming for more than 30 minutes.

Warning: Do not swim if you have a history of miscarriage, ruptured membrane, early labour, several pregnancies, weak cervix, and lung and heart diseases.

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