Benefits and Precautions of Swimming While Pregnant

Routine exercise can help pregnant women stay fitter, improve their cardiovascular health and overall fitness, and prevent excessive weight gain. It can also allow pregnant women to shorten labor and reduce complications. In addition, regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, and improve maternal depression and anxiety. But during pregnancy, you need to choose your exercise program more carefully, and swimming is one of the safest forms of exercise during pregnancy.

Swimming during pregnancy has the following benefits:

Relieve ankle and foot swelling

Swimming can improve circulation so that blood doesn’t pool in the lower limbs.

Relieve sciatica

Swimming can relieve the sciatic nerve of pregnant women, as the buoyancy of the water can temporarily reduce the weight of her spine.

Reduce the risk of preterm birth and congenital malformations of the fetus

Studies have shown that women who choose to swim in early/mid-pregnancy have a slightly reduced risk of preterm birth or congenital malformations of the fetus compared to women who do not exercise.

Safety and Tips

Stay in close contact with your doctor

Before starting any exercise, it is highly recommended that you should visit your doctor to identify and develop the most appropriate exercise routine and intensity for you. You should stop exercising immediately if you experience any of the following discomforts: vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, decreased fetal movement, pelvic pain, headaches, and painful uterine contractions.

Swim in safe areas

Swim in known safe areas and ensure that the waters are relatively calm and lifeguards are around.

Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages as they can cause dehydration.

Not too cold and Not too hot

Please don't swim in water that is too cold and also be careful to choose a hot pool because sitting in a hot pool during pregnancy seems to relieve muscle soreness, but it can lead to high body temperature as OTIS indicates that babies of women who had an increased body temperature during the first trimester of pregnancy have a higher risk of birth defects. Thus, we recommend a hot bath instead of a hot tub.

Find a good fitting maternity swimwear

Your body shape and form will change as your pregnancy progresses, so you'll need to choose a maternity swimsuit that fits well. Summer Mae has a variety of well-designed maternity swimsuits, such as understated stretch panels, subtle ruffles and drapes, and classic wrap dresses that can grow with an ever-expanding bump to last through pregnancy. We believe that our years of experience and expertise in pregnancy beachwear allow us to design and offer the most supportive, flexible, and fashionable products to bring more joy to your blossoming bump during pregnancy.