Swimming in pregnancy can be great for many reasons.
It’s a wonderful way to exercise without putting any extreme tension on your joints or bones. Since it is so low-impact, it is very hard to injure yourself! It can also help relieve common ailments of pregnancy, such as back pain. If you want to start swimming and are pregnant, start slowly and stop when you need rest. Avoid hot tubs or heated pools where you might get overheated, but pools, lakes, and oceans are acceptable. Otherwise, be sure to enjoy. Many women swim right up until they give birth!
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020