Aqua Aerobics for Pregnant Moms
You are pregnant, and would like to discover exercise options that will work well for you. Consider the water – being in the pool for a workout, with the soothing feeling of the water, can provide all the exercise you need, in an environment that will be friendly to the fact that you are carrying.
It’s so buoyant.
When you are in the water, your body only has to support a fraction of its own weight. That one factor makes the water an excellent place to work out. Just getting in the water, you can feel the lightness, and your body feels better even when you’re standing in waist deep water. Your joints and muscles are already getting a break, and you haven’t even begun to work out. Doesn’t that feel wonderful?
Here are some sites with more great information about water workouts while pregnant:
- Is Water Aerobics Safe During Pregnancy?
- Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises
- Prenatal Water Workouts
For the entire pregnancy.
While your doctor may be suggesting you avoid certain types of exercise – snow skiing and horseback riding come to mind – you can safely do water workouts for the entire time you are pregnant. That means you don’t have to make adjustments to your workout schedule as your pregnancy advances. Another advantage is that you can do water workouts even if you can’t swim – most exercise routines are performed in water that is waist to chest deep. Your daily routine will be busy enough while you are carrying, so why not have a stable workout routine that will not have to change over time.
Lots of workout options.There are so many choices for aqua aerobics exercises, the type you choose is entirely up to you.
Here are a representative sample:
- Weight work. Yes, you can do workouts that strengthen your body in the water. Just be moderate with the amount of weight you use, and taper back toward the third trimester. Using small water weights, do several sets of bicep curls – very similar to curls you would do in the gym. Later, when you carry the baby around the house, you’ll be glad you spent the time to strengthen your arms.
- Aqua walking. It’s the middle of the summer, and really hot outside, so why not exercise in the pleasant coolness of the water. Just go to the gym when the indoor pool has lap lanes open, and walk up and down in one of them. The water provides resistance as you push through it, which will make you work a little harder, and elevate the cardio benefit of the walk.
- A group class. If you don’t feel like exercising alone, join a group class. You can get a full body workout, exercising arms and legs, in a pleasant group setting. A group that specializes in exercises for pregnant women will allow you to be with a group who understand the changes your body is going through, and you may make some new friends while you exercise.
- Aqua tai chi. For a wonderful relaxing and calming exercise routine in the water, the gentle moves of tai chi can be wonderful. As you move through the slow and graceful steps that feel like a dance ballet, your mind will center, and you will loosen up tight muscles and joints.
First, do check with your doctor, both to clear you for exercise, and to see how that exercise routine is working for you as the pregnancy progresses. You don’t realize how much you sweat in the water, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids.
While you are carrying, it is a very special time of your life. Make it more pleasant by allowing the joys of aqua aerobics to help you along the way.
Kaitlin Gardner started AnApplePerDay.com to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.