SWIMMING WHILE PREGNANT? ENJOY THE POOL WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING

Although it is perfectly possible to keep doing physical activity during pregnancy, you need to avoid sudden movements and sports that might involve impact or jolts. If you can resist the urge to dive-bomb right into the middle of the pool, swimming is an ideal sport for your needs as a future mother!
 

Even though you'll have to put certain sports aside for a while, swimming and aquafitness are particularly advisable during pregnancy. Aside from feeling light while you're exercising, according to experts, moving in the water offers many benefits for mums-to-be. 

NUMEROUS BENEFITS 

"Swimming is undoubtedly the sport that offers the most benefits and involves the least constraints for the body," states Anthony Gallet, adapted physical activity specialist at the Le Bois private hospital in Lille (France). Moving the legs in the water improves blood circulation. This is a great way to combat water retention, which affects some pregnant women.Breath work, muscle toning, managing weight gain… Swimming and aquafitness offer all the benefits of physical activity, as well as other advantages.

FREEDOM ! 

Let's admit it : after 6 months, baby's weight really starts to make itself felt. The legs, back and joints : different parts of the body all feel the strain of those extra kilos almost constantly. Except in the water! "Exercising in the water allows pregnant women to feel light,"  Anthony Gallet adds. "The water takes strain off the joints and ligaments. Moving in the water can soothe some of the tension experienced in the back and legs." That's a real weight off your back! Well, at least for a while…
 

 

LIKE A LITTLE FISH

To get the full benefits of swimming, I advise avoiding breaststroke : this stroke accentuates the arch in your back, which is already under great strain from baby's weight. "The most suitable stroke is back stroke," Anthony Gallet advises. "It works the body gently. You can also float on your back, which will be good for your spine." Aside from swimming, any kind of movement in the water gently works your abductors and allows you to keep soliciting your muscle groups. "Overall, swimming is an activity that can easily be continued up to the 9th month," concludes Caroline Bonnière, osteopath.

 

How about you : have you enjoyed swimming or aquafitness during pregnancy?

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