I’m preparing my body for third trimester now and they say you will feel super heavy during this time (you know… carrying a watermelon and all) so you should keep active and fit.
One of the recommended activities is swimming and since I have a beautiful swimming pool downstairs with handsome instructors that I spotted during one of my eating asam while balcony-watching sessions…. thought I’d give it a try. Let’s see if this pregnant woman still got it. (She doesn’t, they didn’t bat an eyelid pfttt).
I was pretty pumped up to go for a swim, then I realised crap I have to check my pregnancy guru.
The Is It OK to? section on BabyCentre.
Oh if only you knew the things I ask Is it OK to?… some really merepek stuff too hehe.
Got the green light! So I grabbed my cover-up, my sunnies, my towel and my husband.
“Should I bring a book?” I asked Dean.
“What does swimming mean in your vocabulary?” Dean asked me back.
Sheesh, just in case!
Another pregnancy website even said swimming and pregnancy go together like peanut butter and jelly. And this made me hungry, but sorry I digress.
Swimming during pregnancy helps you not feel much like a whale (ironic, I know) because of the buoyancy, it helps oxygen transportation in your body and overall it apparently makes a pregnant woman feel good and refreshed.
BUT I did a bit of research and some things you should look out for:
- Don’t eat 2 hours before swimming as it worsens acid reflux/heartburn
- Shower immediately after you leave the pool to wash off any chemicals in the water
- Breastsroke is not so good as you arch your back too much when you come up for air
- Backstroke is not so good because the weight of the baby goes to your back
Obviously the strokes tips aren’t really for me, it’s more for you guys who actually swim. I kinda just walk around the pool and try to tiptoe gracefully pretending I’m a bride again walking down the aisle. That’s what I do for the whole half hour. Oh, and of course I will sit at the steps at the baby pool when it’s my rest time and cheer on Dean who tries to impress me with all his flips and tumbles and his excited Did you see that, sayang? Did you see what I did there? Sigh.
“Of course you look like a dolphin, baby. Of course that was the coolest somersault ever, baby. Yes, of course you look more professional than that instructor, baby.”