Monday 28 January 2013

Water Exercise and Pregnancy

Although pregnancy is not the time to take up a new sport or begin an arduous training program, moderate exercise may help in many ways. Changes in your body may make it difficult to perform strenuous, high-impact exercises, so performing exercises in the water would be the safest way to keep you fit and feeling your best. Water exercise also provides numerous benefits during your pregnancy.


Many pregnant women experience slight swelling, known as edema, during pregnancy. You may notice this swelling in the skin around your ankles, causing a puffy appearance. Studies show that moderate exercise in water improves circulation and helps reduce edema.
Like other major life changes, pregnancy can create feelings of anxiety and stress. Other studies show that water-based exercise may help decrease anxiety by alleviating feelings of depression and improving your overall mood. This positive effect may help you deal with the many emotional stresses during your pregnancy and decrease anxiety and postpartum depression.


Bringing a baby into the word requires physical effort. A strong abdominal area helps facilitate the pushing stage of labor and aids in relieving lower back discomfort. Improving your stamina and endurance will help your body perform well during labor and delivery.


The added weight you gain during pregnancy can create stress on your joints. While exercising on land may increase the discomfort of aches and pains in your knees, ankles and hips, the water reduces the impact of exercise. The buoyant effect of water surrounding your body can help cushion your movements and provide support, easing the excess weight caused by your growing baby.


Staying fit during pregnancy helps you maintain a healthy weight, keeping you from gaining excessive amounts of fat during this time. The low-impact effect of water exercise helps you burn calories without causing injury. By improving your muscular posture, core strength and balance you will makes your everyday activities much easier. Keeping your muscles toned and conditioned during your pregnancy can help you quickly return to your regular exercise routine after the delivery of your baby. Upper body strength training helps Mom maintain correct posture and in postpartum to carry the baby and or baby equipment. Lower body strength training helps alleviate the pregnancy "waddle walk", and with the improved circulation by being in the water, you will lower the chances of varicose veins.