Hi I'm not pregnant yet, just ttc! But I really enjoy swimming and I'm keen to keep it up during pregnancy. But I swim quite hard, getting breathless - is this ok in pregnancy? And what about tumble turns - will the baby just get all tangled up?!
Asked my midwife at my booking appointment as was a regular swimming and she said great carry on. Fairly slow anyway so just take it gently and can't do tumble turns so don't know about that. Think the advice for exercise in pregnancy to still be able to hold a conversation while doing it. Baby is floating in its own pool so don't think it would get tangled up.
Once you're pregnant you can discuss with your midwife - or a woman's health physio. I swim fast and usually about 3 times a week. I found that I naturally slowed down as my pregnancy progressed (as your lung capacity decreases as baby forces your ribcage up). I moved from fast to medium to slow lane by week 40! Also, you must not hold your breath, ever - so blowing bubbles etc when swim. I stopped doing tumble turns as I found it awkward with a bump. Just don't do breast-stroke legs!
I'm planning to swim on a holiday when I'm about 18 weeks and was wondering the same thing! I can only really do breast stroke so was worried about the movement of kicking out my legs in that shape and whether that might open up my cervix if it's weak? Does anyone know?
Its fine and its good to continue if you are a regular swimmer.
I swim distance, 80 lengths breast stroke with tumble turns and carried on in my pregnancies. I stopped doing tumble turns when I got too big but carried in swimming and its fine to get a bit short of breath etc.
The concern is taking up new exercise but if its a routine you normally do then moderate exercise is fine
Breast stroke legs are fine unless you have pelvic problems, I actually had SPD but could still do breast stroke. For some people out can be uncomfortable, and of it is then your body is telling you to rest.
I swam hard thought my first pg and the advice was keep doing it if you're used to it but don't start anything new. I tumble turned till I couldn't go it any more (20ish weeks) and found I naturally slowed/became breathless more easily. Listen to your body: avoid overheating and take the rest you need. I found a US resource, Fit Pregnancy, online and really appreciated their approach.
I stopped at 21wks this time for a number of reasons/risk issues mostly because I didn't trust myself to not "compete". Now 35 wks and desperate to get back in the pool! I may just do that next week.