“Can I swim during pregnancy?” is a common question.
Yes, swimming is considered safe if you have a healthy pregnancy.
Swimming has many benefits, just like other exercises. It’s a great workout for the entire body. Hence it helps you keep fit. It also makes you feel better as your body changes during pregnancy.
Swimming is particularly good when you’re pregnant. The water helps support your growing weight. This can make you feel relieved, especially in your third trimester.
That said, swimming during pregnancy is not very common in India. If you’d like to do it, ask your doctor, especially if you haven’t done it before.
Since conditions in India can get very hot and humid, swimming helps you stay cool. Overheating your body when you’re pregnant should be avoided. However, do make sure the water is not warmer that 32 degree celsius. Read more about how to stay fit in hot and humid climate here.
How can Swimming during pregnancy benefit me?
Swimming helps you to:
- improve blood circulation
- build strength and endurance
- boost your heart and lung function
- tone your muscles
- burn calories
- sleep better
- ease pains and aches
When can I take up Swimming during pregnancy?
If you have been swimming before pregnancy, you can safely continue doing so. If you haven’t done it before, you can take it up now. Just ensure to join a class where you get enough personal attention.
It’s usually safe to swim throughout pregnancy, until delivery. You can follow our tips to ensure a better overall experience.
Tips to Swim during Pregnancy
- Use a swimsuit to have a good swim
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated water
- Start slowly and do warm-up
- Don’t tire yourself
- Take ample breaks
- Alternate between exercises. This will help work various body parts. Ask your instructor about the best advice.
- Don’t do a stroke which you find difficult
- Stop at once if you feel unwell
- Take care while stepping in and out of the pool. The stairs and edges can be slippery.