Exercising in water has many benefits, especially as your bump expands
By Catherine CHUA Bee Hong Senior Principal Physiotherapist, Elizabeth CHAN Jiahui Principal Physiotherapist, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Aqua exercise usually takes place in a pool. It makes use of the buoyancy, pressure and resistance of water to make exercising less stressful in pregnancy.
You can take part in aqua exercise classes even if you can’t swim as they take place in waist or chest-deep water. If you’re a non-swimmer, do make sure your instructor is aware before you start the class. Avoid walking sideways, rebounding or bouncing, and fast twisting movements while in the water.
Do check with your doctor before you start an aqua exercise programme as it’s not suitable for all stages of pregnancy. Don’t undertake an aqua programme if you’re sensitive to chlorine or bromine.
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Some studies have shown that mums-to-be who took part in regular aqua aerobics programmes required less pain relief in labour.
It’s important, as with any exercise, not to overexert yourself in pregnancy and if you feel unwell at all, you should stop and arrange to see your doctor. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated during exercise as well.
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