5 Incredible Water Activities For Pregnant Women

Congratulations! You’re becoming a mother and bringing new life into this world. If you’ve come across this article chances are that you’re tired of being told not to do a certain thing and you want something you can do to enjoy and relax. Well, search no further your worries are over.

However, before taking up any activity, you should consult your doctor as the activities that you can do vary from woman to woman depending on their specific situation. How your body responds to a certain physical activity also depends on how skilled you are or how often have you pursued this before your pregnancy.

For example, while running is entirely safe if you’ve been doing it before, if you haven’t you are recommended not to pursue it now. Here listed below are a few activities that are sure to bring you joy and comfort while you and your body go through significant changes.

Swimming:

Swimming can be an excellent source of relief for pregnant women. The buoyancy of the water makes sure that you feel weightless and with the way your body is changing that is your biggest wish come true.  As your body starts changing your feet begin to swell and your ankles hurt, swimming can make that pain ease and make sure you don’t feel discomfort while moving around.it also helps keep your morning sickness in check and make sure that you don’t sweat that much as doctors recommend that pregnant women remain hydrated at all times. While swimming if very beneficial you should make sure that you avoid slippery surfaces as falling can cause grave damage to you and the baby. If you think you may need assistance you can ask for help from the management. In most pools, they have a railing that you can use to get into and out of the lake. While you may not sweat as much as you would if you were on the ground you should always keep a bottle of water with you at all times and hydrate after every10 to 15 minutes.

Kayaking:

Kayaking isn’t a problem for pregnant women. Despite what ordinary people may say you don’t have to give up what you love when you have a child you need to keep yourself busy and physical exercise can make the deliver a whole lot easier. However you need to know the safety precautions, you need to wear a life jacket at all times, and you need to make sure that you’re on calm waters.

You should never take you kayak towards the sun as the heat, and the physical exertion can cause harm to you and your baby. Always keep a water bottle at hand to stay hydrated. If you have had previous experience kayaking, then the physical exertion won’t tire you that much but if you weren’t into kayaking before you shouldn’t try now. Even though it may seem easy, your body isn’t used to it and pushing your body above your comfort level can be dangerous. Click here to read more about it.

Paddling:

Just like swimming if you haven’t done it before you should not be taking it up as a hobby now. However, if you have been paddling before you can continue to do it. Stand up paddling has been recommended by many pregnancy fitness experts and it is a sport that engages your whole body, and it has fewer safety risks. Even if you do fall you fall into the water which doesn’t harm you or the baby. However, you should stay away from the waves and restrict yourself to calm waters, as waves are unpredictable and often very strong if you get tossed around in a wave chances to you will inevitably face some serve problems. Stand up paddling usually target your core and the arms, and it can prove to be very beneficial. You can pursue this activity even in the third trimester, be smart and let your body tell you when to stop.

Water aerobics:

Water aerobics is a great way to work out when your body goes against you makes mundane tasks hard to do. Staying in the water can reduce your back and joint pains. When you’re on land, despite the fact that gravity hasn’t been a problem until now, it starts making regular things such as walking pretty hard to do as your center of gravity shifts. This can cause swelled feet, backaches, joint pains, etc. the buoyancy of water helps you to control your body while supporting only 50% of your weight which means you feel lighter and therefore can move easily. However, hydration is key, and even if you’re exercising in the water, you’re bound to need water to keep hydrated.

Snorkeling:

If you want to get rid of the stress you’ve been feeling lately, watching marine life in its glorious environment is sure to make you feel calm. While those who normally do scuba diving to spend time with the fish under the see have to take a break from it, snorkeling can be the next best thing. However, there are certain conditions that you should keep in mind. You should make sure that you wear fins so that you don’t have to exert yourself. You should also make sure never to hold your breath for a long amount of time.

While you may be able to do it and grab a beautiful shell, holding your breath for an extended amount of time can prove to be injurious for the baby’s health. Oxygen deprivation for no matter how long can cause permanent memory damage to the baby, so breath. You should also stay hydrated although the activity isn’t going to make you feel tired you should still come to the surface after every 15 minutes and have some water before you go down. You should also pay extra attention to safety such as not stepping on something sharp such as sea urchin spines. You should also stay as far away from jellyfish as you can.

 

About the Author:

Tom is a blogger and a nature lover. He is obsessed with traveling and adventures and that too with his family. He believes that water has a steady hold of him. He regularly writes about his experiences at http://kayakcritic.net/.

 

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