Can I go swimming while pregnant?

You asked and you shall now receive. It’s only fair for us to share all of this stored up knowledge about having a baby and what is going on with your body during those nine (really ten) months. We now will answer, in a very public forum, all of those burning questions about having a baby. Each Monday, we will tackle a commonly-asked-question from the point of view of an expectant parent. Chiming in to give feedback will be an expert (you know someone who does this for a living). Earmark, share and add your own input to today’s question; it’s good karma.

Can I go swimming and in hot tubs while pregnant?

Swimming is a great way to get some fun exercise while expecting! Not only is it a great low impact workout, its a wonderful way to feel some weightlessness and give your muscles a break. It’s always important to check in with yourself to make sure you are feeling good and keeping your heart rate in range. Some doctors will use the guide point that you should be able to speak while exercising as a gauge to the optimal heart rate. As for hot tubs, most providers will have expectant gals avoid the saunas and hot tubs, as the elevated temperatures of the water or steam poses risks to the mom (from dehydration and risk of passing out) as well as baby – so to stay safe, stay cool.

Expert: Renee Sullivan

Renee Sullivan, parent coach, works with moms each week to create their own personal parenting plan that is right for them, while making sure that each mom gets the support, resources, and community they need for their parenting journey. Drawing from her experience as an birth coach and educator, she guides moms – new, seasoned and expectant through the never – ending array of decisions that come with having a child. Weekly group sessions that are “nurturing, informative, and fun” and her “calm-laid back personality” has made her a “dynamic resource” to the parenting community since 2006. Renee’s positive, warm and enthusiastic personality relaxes and guides new and expectant moms to enjoy the journey and her personal attention to detail allows all parents that work with her to quickly get the resources they need to feel at ease to make informed and educated decisions. Before starting the groups, she narrowly escaped the trenches of Corporate America where she was a Senior Project Manager for The New York Times, Morgan Stanley and Pfizer. She lives in New York City and is the mom of one happy second grader.






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