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Water aerobics are a fantastic way for pregnant women to not only keep fit during pregnancy, but to increase strength and relieve pregnancy symptoms. A prenatal water aerobics class is often offered at your local pool or community center, and the instructor is trained in specialized pregnancy exercises that are safe for pregnancy. More and more pregnant women are discovering the benefits of prenatal water aerobics, and it's become a very common way to stay in shape during pregnancy.

One of the most popular reasons for water aerobics during pregnancy is the lightness you'll feel in the water if you weigh 150 pounds; it feels more like 15 in the pool. This eases the weight of the baby on your body, and helps treat backaches and pain. It also lets you move around like you can't outside of the pool. Unlike other forms of exercise, your bones and joints won't be strained during water aerobics.

Other health benefits are keeping stomach muscles strong, easing swelling and helping prevent spider veins on legs. Many women find water aerobics relieves morning sickness, and increases energy. There are emotional benefits as well. Low impact aerobic exercise like water aerobics can help relieve anxiety and make you feel calmer during pregnancy. You'll feel more flexible, and tight joints and muscles will be more relaxed. If you're having trouble sleeping, water aerobics can help with that as well.


Some studies have even shown that women who did water aerobics while pregnant had a much easier time during labor and delivery. Muscles that have been stretched are much more prepared for the physical strain of delivery, and women find that they recover after delivery much faster if they've had a good prenatal exercise routine.

Each trimester of pregnancy has different water aerobics for women to do, which lessen in movement the more pregnant you are. As you enter your second and third trimester, the exercises won't involve such a range of movement. The goal is to get your heart rate up and keep it up for at least twenty minutes.

Water aerobics are also fun: the instructor sets routines to music, and often incorporates weights or kick boards into the class to strengthen muscles. You can meet other moms-to-be and enjoy the social aspects of being involved in a class activity. If you're pregnant during summer, water aerobics will keep you cool in the hot weather.

If you're not a swimmer, don't worry. The exercises are usually performed in waist deep water. Like any pregnancy exercise program, you should always consult your doctor before you start. Every pregnancy is different, and there might be certain moves or exercises that you should avoid.

 


 
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