Water fitness during pregnancy is popular for various reasons. It's low impact, relaxing, can relieve pregnancy induced back pain, and...
Water fitness during pregnancy is popular for various reasons. It's low impact, relaxing, can relieve pregnancy induced back pain, and can still deliver a good workout. However, there are some safety tips you need to know when signing up for a water fitness course (or if you decide to go it on your own).
- Drink water before you exercise in the water and after your workout. Because you're in the water you may think your body is getting liquid but really it's not. You can still sweat during a water workout. Drink as if you were doing any exercise routine.
- Wear slip proof shoes. Water fitness is a low impact way to exercise but not if you fall down. Never hit the pool without your non-slip shoes.
- Don't take a hot tub. At many pools they have a nice warm hot tub for use after a workout. Hot tubs have never been proven safe during pregnancy and have been shown to be unsafe in many studies. For the same reasons a heated pool is ok, in fact you shouldn't swim in cold water but experts recommend that you make sure the water temperature is lower than 90 degrees.
- If you're like most pregnant women your energy level has gone down not up. Because of this be sure to very carefully watch how tired you're getting. Water exercise can wear you out big time and when you're pregnant the last place you want to be is in the deep end and get hit with sudden exhaustion. No one can say what your personal level of "too tired" is but just be aware.