Water Exercise When Pregnant
PregAqua is an ideal form of water exercise when pregnant. It is well known that exercise is important for a healthy pregnancy but it is important to note that not all exercise is safe and good for you when pregnant.
In fact, performing high-impact movements can cause you harm which is why the buoyancy factor involved in exercising in water and swimming helps to reduce the impact through the pelvic joints and pelvic floor.
Exercise during pregnancy can help you prepare physically and psychologically for the demands of labour and childbirth as well as assisting with recovery after the birth.
Safety in water is paramount so be sure to follow all safety instructions and have a floating noodle with you. Exercising with others will also be a good safety measure to assist you.
Here’s Why You Should Join in a PregAqua Class
1. There is a Social Component of PreAqua
Joining a PregAqua class is a great way to meet expectant and new mothers and gain valuable support. By having that social component you will likely be more motivated to continue attending your PregAqua sessions.
2. Buoyancy Provides Support for Your Body
Buoyancy supports your growing body and reduces the impact through the pelvic joints, lower back and pelvic floor.
3. Hydrostatic Pressure Assists the Cardiovascular System
Studies have shown that the hydrostatic pressure of water assists the cardiovascular system facilitating blood flow to the baby.
Amniotic fluid has been found to increase. Hydrostatic pressure also helps to reduce swelling by forcing extra-vascular fluid into the circulation. This can help swollen ankles, carpal tunnel syndrome and varicose veins.
4. Thermoregulation Helps Regulate Body Temperature and Avoid Over-Heating
Water helps regulate body temperature so that overheating doesn’t occur when you are exercising. Pool temperature can be up to 32°C for moderate intensity exercise.
5. Water’s Weight Provides Resistance Against Muscles
You will get a great workout during aqua aerobics as water’s weight provides resistance against your muscles. If you wish to work even harder and create a greater resistance then you can use aqua equipment.
6. Water Can Promote Flexibility and Relaxation when Pregnant
Water’s buoyancy and support can gently increase your flexibility. water also promotes relaxation due to the weightlessness you feel when floating.
7. You Can Exercise in Water Up Until Your Due Date
As long as your doctor provides approval, you can continue to exercise in water right up to your due date. Studies have shown that the effects of hydrostatic pressure can be beneficial in the third trimester boosting blood flow to the baby and reducing maternal swelling.
8. Greater Enjoyment than Many Land based Exercise Workouts
Many women enjoy the feeling, comfort and support of exercising in water over land-based exercise workouts it much easier to move, exercise and relax your body than on land, especially in the last few months.
9. Reduce Impact on Joints and Ligaments
The buoyancy of the water cushions your body against jarring and helps to reduce the impact on your body’s joint sand ligaments.
10. Tone Your Deep Abdominal Core
Exercising in water can tone your deep abdominal core, including your pelvic floor muscles which are important in reducing your chance of persistent incontinence both during pregnancy and after giving birth.
When you do exercises in water, your abdominal muscles are engaged and lengthened because they’re working to keep you balanced.
“PregActive Prenatal Yoga and PregAQUA have helped me so much in my pregnancy. I could have had the absolute worst day, and somehow the class just allowed me to let it all go. I always left feeling so relaxed. The PregAQUA class was bliss in my third trimester.
I felt so energised in class, the water is really amazing! You work hard, but the whole time feel supported and weightless. Thank you so much for such great classes, can’t wait to be back for Mums and Bubs!” Rachel S.