Prenatal Swimming – All You Need to Know to Get Started

Prenatal Swimming - All You Need to Know

Fatigue, nausea, back pain, ligament pain, heavy legs…and with that, you have to do sports? I know it doesn’t make you want to, but practicing sports during pregnancy is highly recommended. Today I am talking about prenatal swimming lessons, an activity that will bring you many benefits. I am sure that after this article you will be motivated and that you will take the plunge (no pun intended)! Why swim? Is it for me? I give you all the information you need. 

What are the benefits of prenatal swimming lessons?

The swimming pool is above all a place to relax, but it is above all a complete sport that will cure many of the little ailments of pregnancy. Indeed, the water relieves the tensions linked to the weight of the body, notably because you don’t feel the effects of gravity (which is rather practical when you’re three months pregnant). Being in water also reduces shock waves and vibrations that could endanger your baby. By doing this activity, you will work both the superficial and deep muscles. 

Swimming gently strengthens the back and upper body, relieving not only back pain but also ligament pain. The pressure of the water on your legs will act as drainage and improve your blood circulation - bye-bye heavy legs! This is an excellent cardiovascular exercise where you can work on your breathing for the day by doing long exhalations. 

You can also do exercises for your perineum by toning your muscles. In short, only good things and moreover you will be less anxious, especially since the classes are generally in groups. 

You will be able to meet future mothers with whom you can exchange tips and tricks. Feel like taking the plunge? 

Is swimming right for me?

Prenatal swimming is for women who love water and want to work out smoothly. If you are interested, I advise you to first make an appointment with your doctor or midwife so that you are given the green light with a medical certificate - especially since the courses are 100% covered by health insurance if they are given by a midwife. 

You will only have to pay for the swimming pool entrance fees. If it is a private swimming pool, you will have to advance the money and the midwife will provide you with a treatment sheet to get the reimbursement. Some contraindications prevent the practice of this activity such as high blood pressure, the threat of premature delivery, infection or respiratory or cardiac insufficiency, and so on. If everything is good, there is no reason to deprive yourself of it! Courses can be started around four and a half months of pregnancy until the end of the pregnancy. The ideal would be to do two or three one-hour sessions per week and to vary the swimming. 

Classes often take place in the small pool so if you are afraid of the water, don’t panic, it will be fine. For any information, you can contact your maternity hospital, your municipality or the federation of aquatic activities for awakening and leisure. 

Have you ever taken prenatal swimming lessons? Is it a sport you are interested in? Tell us about it. 

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