Swimming Exercises during Pregnancy

Updated at: Aug 08, 2011
Swimming Exercises during Pregnancy

Swimming exercises during pregnancy are an excellent way to keep fit. Swimming exercises during pregnancy ensure that the back, neck and pelvic muscles are well supported and these exercises also help in relaxing and strengthening

Arpita De
PregnancyWritten by: Arpita DePublished at: Jun 22, 2011

Exercising during pregnancy boosts the energy level for women and it also prepares them for labour and delivery. It also helps them not to put on those extra and completely uncalled for kilos that take months to go away after the baby is born. And we say, what can be more fun can wading in a pool and swimming to keep fit during pregnancy!


Swimming is an excellent form of exercise that will take care of your fitness during pregnancy. Swimming exercises during pregnancy ensure that all the major muscles portions of the body are toned and they also do not put any added pressure to your growing belly.    


Swimming Exercises during Pregnancy


Low intensity Water Aerobics

Low intensity water aerobics is preferred and recommended by many as the easiest way of staying fit during pregnancy. This kind of aerobic exercise requires you to use minimal force but ensures maximum benefit. Low intensity water aerobics is done in waste length water. It will require you to do a little stretching before you get inside the pool. Due to resistance presented by the water while swimming, you will not have to work out for a long period of time. A personal trainer can also suggest a low intensity water aerobics schedule suited especially to your needs.



Another swimming exercise during pregnancy is kicking. All you need to do is get into the water and kick your legs while supporting yourself. You can also water cycle slowly. These exercises will help you tone your legs during pregnancy and will also help in relieving the pressure from the pelvic muscles.


Low intensity Swimming Sessions

If you are a self-confessed water baby then just get into the water and swim! However, remember to start off in a slow pace and let your body get used to the movement. Then slowly increase the intensity. An everyday swim will work up your appetite and will also keep symptoms of pregnancy such as heartburn, acidity and cramps.


Tips for Swimming Exercises during Pregnancy

  • Remember to take frequent breaks while swimming during pregnancy. Stop and catch your breath. If you feel a cramp coming on, stop swimming and let it pass. If that does not happen, then get out of the pool for the day and rest.
  • Breaststrokes and backstrokes are the best swimming strokes during pregnancy. In both strokes, the pelvic muscles, back and neck are support and they also strengthen them. The backstroke also ensures that the flood blow to all parts of your body remain unaffected during the exercise.
  • Swimming exercises during pregnancy are the best to avoid overheating of the body due to strenuous exercise. However, ensure that the water in the pool is not too hot as it can harm you and the foetus.


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