Keeping fit during pregnancy: Have you thought about swimming or trying aqua natal classes?

Want to keep fit in pregnancy and meet other mum’s- to- be? Aqua natal classes are a great way of doing both. It is considered a safe way to exercise, as it has been developed especially for pregnant ladies and the majority of classes appear to be run by trained midwives. But you would need to double check who the classes are run by and the availability in your own area.

The water offers great support for both you and your bump, so is great place to exercise, as there is less risk of straining yourself. You don’t have to be a swimmer to join aqua natal classes, as they usually take place in the children’s pool, where the water only comes up to your chest.

If you have always swum, you can still carry on when you are pregnant. Swimming is a great way to improve circulation, increase muscle tone and strength as well as helping to build stamina. If you swam a lot before your pregnancy then you should be able to continue with your usual routine. Swimming is also  usually considered  a safe way  to exercise whilst pregnant, however, you should always double check first with your GP or midwife first , to be on the safe side and to make sure it is right for you. The most important thing to remember is not to over do things. Listen to your own body and do what’s right for you.

You can actually keep on swimming right up to the end of the third trimester, but not after your waters have broken- you only want a birthing pool delivery if you planned for it!

Floating and exercising in the water is so relaxing and can heave health benefits too, as if you are calm and happy, your body releases end endorphins, which helps to further relax and calm you and your baby!

Will you give it a go? What other forms of exercise can you recommend for pregnancy? Have you found this to be a great way of keeping fit during pregnancy?

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