Benefits of swimming during pregnancy
You can swim during your pregnancy, too. Did you know that? Yes, swimming is not an extreme sport, and can be done during pregnancy. It’s also not dangerous for your health or that of your baby. If it’s one of your hobbies, then don’t hesitate to keep it. However, consult your doctor and follow some important advice.
Why should you swim during pregnancy?
Benefits of swimming for you and your baby
- Do you like to swim? Don’t let go of this habit during your pregnancy. When you’re practicing it, you’ll no longer feel the heaviness resulting from the extra weight, especially in your third trimester.
- This sport moves all your muscles and improves your circulation, in addition to relieving pains that accompany pregnancy.
- Swimming also helps you feel relaxed and comfortable. It limits your feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Swimming is perfectly suitable for you if you suffer from edema, nausea, gestational diabetes, back pain or pelvic pain, as it relieves their symptoms.
How to swim
- Try to swim for a duration between 45 minutes and one hour. Do it twice a week at least if you can. But rest every now and then.
- Make sure you swim in different positions, as performing the same movement for a long time could impair the balance of your muscles.
- It’s better if you move gently and slowly, without putting harmful pressure on your pelvis and joints. Most importantly, breathe normally.
- Always keep in mind that consulting your doctor is important. They will give you any information you need regarding your health and the baby’s, as well as the possibility of swimming for you.
Swimming after birth, too
– If you really love to swim, here’s some good news: you can go back to swimming 4 weeks after your baby’s birth. You shouldn’t do it before your cervical opening is back to normal to avoid infections.
– Swim only for 20 to 30 minutes at a time then rest for 10 to 15 minutes without leaving the water.