Back in the days the doctors and midwives common recommendation was to avoid exercises, relax and try to eat for two while you are pregnant. Nowadays, provided you are having a low risk pregnancy, the advice is pretty much the opposite. The guidelines is to remain active and watch your diet as you and your baby will only really need extra calories in the last trimester.
Having said that, being pregnant is a challenging time. Our changing hormones, morning sickness and new levels of exhaustion may make it hard for us to find the energy and motivation to exercise. But please trust me on this – unless you have any adverse advice from your doctor squeezing a 30 minutes swimming session into your day will make you feel so much better physically and mentally throughout your whole pregnancy!
If you are already swimming prior to get pregnant, it should be safe to keep your routine as long as you do not over exert yourselves. Add some extra rest between sets if you need to and also make sure to be hydrated throughout your session. If you are new to swimming and want to give it a go to be active throughout your pregnancy, please check with your doctor or midwife but my guess is that it should not be a problem and that they will encourage you to do so!
Start with an easy pace, rest whenever you need and maybe start with 15-20 minutes until you find that is becoming easier before doing full 30 minutes sessions. If you have an access to a swimming pool either at your home or in your building try to do a quick session every day, if not try to find a pool on your way to work as is much easier to stay committed if you have an easy access to a pool. Of course, if you would like more tips, an individually tailored program or one-to-one or group classes to keep motivated feel free to give me a shout;)
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