Benefits of Prenatal Water Workouts

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 27, 2012

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Aqua Fitness and Pregnancy Benefits

The weightless feeling that a pregnant woman gets when submerged in water helps a woman feel relived from the pressure of increasing body weight. This feeling of weightlessness is the primary benefit of taking part in aqua fitness during pregnancy. With the assistance and help of your doctor, you may be able to enjoy a safe water fitness technique during each trimester of pregnancy. Take a look at some other benefits of aqua fitness.


Cardio Exercise

Swimming and other water workouts or exercises act as cardiovascular exercises. Just like other cardiovascular exercises, aqua fitness techniques strengthen the heart and lungs while also working out. Expect to experience an increase in your heart rate, but make sure that you keep it within a moderate exertion level. When doing the exercise, you should be able to talk without having to stop to catch breath.


Enhanced Muscular Strength

Aqua fitness exercises help in strengthening every part of the body when trying to work out in the water. Water provides 360 degrees of resistance all around the body. You may also use water dumbbells to strengthen the muscles. Unlike strength training exercises that you do on land, those in water do not impact the shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles or hips.


Other Benefits

Participating in water fitness exercises or techniques can improve one’s mood and sleeping habits immensely. Besides, aqua exercises reduce blood pressure and help in controlling blood sugar levels. The water temperature will also help in reducing swelling in the legs.


How Safe are Aqua Fitness Techniques?

Aqua fitness exercises for a pregnant woman are safe as long as she is not swimming alone. Get your husband to your swim with you or get a lifeguard to watch you over while you are swimming. The lifeguard will also inform you about the temperature of the pool. If you think it is too high, limit the duration of your exercise to avoid overheating. Overheating of the body may cause birth defects or other problems in the baby. Continue wearing a swim suit that has a built-in support or supportive bra during the water exercise.

Prenatal aqua fitness exercises are especially good because they help burn more calories than walking because of the resistance to water, which takes more energy. This can therefore, help you lose the extra weight that you may have put on during pregnancy. Make sure that you talk to an aqua fitness expert before participating in the exercise.


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