If you have young children, chances are when you hear “Just keep swimming”, you hear Dory in Finding Nemo. If not, a clip is included below for your viewing pleasure.
Either way, I finally swam today after 2 weeks of missing it. It just seemed like I never made time to swim, even though I was in the water with personal training clients. So, today, I got my 22 laps in and it felt great! Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for us pregnant ladies, so I plan to make it a bigger part of my routine for the next several weeks.
Just wanted to share a blurb from http://www.babycenter.com/0_great-pregnancy-exercise-swimming_7822.bc
“Any type of aerobic exercise during pregnancy helps increase your body’s ability to process and utilize oxygen, which is important for you and your baby. But swimming is great exercise because it uses both large muscle groups (arms and legs). And although it’s a low-impact activity, swimming provides good cardiovascular benefits and allows expectant women to feel weightless despite the extra pounds added by pregnancy.
Swimming also improves circulation, increases muscle tone and strength, and builds endurance.
Swimming helps counteract the increased back strain from your expanding belly. Pregnancy forces the spine and shoulders to round forward and the pelvis to tilt out of alignment, but swimming gently strengthens the muscles and offsets this tendency. The water also protects you from overheating and supports your joints and ligaments as you exercise, preventing injury.
If you swim, you burn calories, feel less fatigued, sleep better, and are better equipped to handle pregnancy’s physical and emotional challenges. Swimming also helps you keep your weight within a healthy range, and some women say swimming also makes them feel less bloated.”
Not sure if swimming during pregnancy is right for you? Check with your doctor and hopefully you’ll get the green light.