Swimming during pregnancy: Is it safe?

Swimming during pregnancy

In one word - yes. Swimming is one of the safest exercises in pregnancy. If you’re new to swimming, get your doctor’s clearance. Make sure that the water is below 32°C, and that the pool is not heavily chlorinated.

Benefits of swimming during pregnancy

Swimming during pregnancy is a good exercise in because the water supports all your extra weight. And you’ll be thankful for this in the third trimester when you’re huge. And another plus point is that swimming is a cooling exercise unlike other forms of cardio.

Swimming also helps to:

  • improve circulation
  • boost heart and lung function
  • build endurance
  • increase muscle tone and strength
  • reduce swelling and fluid retention
  • burn calories
  • maintain weight
  • promote good sleep
  • ease aches and pains
  • fend off fatigue

If you were a regular swimmer before you became pregnant, you should be able to continue with your usual routine. Even if you've never exercised before, swimming is safe to take up during pregnancy. A chlorinated pool will not harm you or your baby. It's usually safe for you to swim throughout your pregnancy, right up until your baby's birth.

Alternate between swimming on your back and your front. Take care not to arch your back.

If you feel unwell, or experience any unusual symptoms such as pain or bleeding, stop your swimming sessions and talk to your doctor or midwife.