Don’t say no to swimming just because the mere thought of putting on a swimsuit right now makes you break out in nervous laughter. Treat yourself to the feeling of weightlessness; swimming lets you float like you aren’t hauling around an extra 20-30 pounds because of the water's buoyancy reducing the effects of gravity on your body.
Swimming is a great way to get exercise without adding any extra pressure on your joints. You also get the added bonus of relief from pregnancy aches and pains. Here’s some encouragement to wiggle into that maternity swimsuit and grab a kick board at the nearest pool.
Your body runs hotter when you’re pregnant and the relief of a cool pool will feel amazing, especially if you’re in the later trimesters during the hotter months of the year.
Don't you miss lying on your back? You can do the backstroke without risking the impaired blood flow that laying on your back on hard surfaces can cause.
If you have some swelling or backaches swimming will help push the fluid back into your veins and take the pressure of baby’s weight off your joints and back.
Like any type of aerobic exercise during pregnancy, swimming will strengthen your heart, making it more efficient at pumping blood thus improving circulation to your whole body and boosting oxygen levels in your blood. The enhanced endurance and toned muscles from swimming will also help ease labor and delivery.