I hadn’t had any trouble with swelling during my pregnancy until, ironically, this morning when I woke up and my wedding ring didn’t want to slide on. Since I’ve had this problem occasionally in the mornings and also before pregnancy, I’ll move forward with my theory that one reason I’ve dodged the swelling is my frequent visits to the pool. I did a little research and found that the weight of water and change in gravity can help distribute excess fluid and prevent it from pooling in limbs. It is generally accepted that moderate exercise during pregnancy is not only safe but beneficial, for this and other reasons. Obvious restrictions apply to certain sports, but luckily my favorite is at the top of the “Yes” list!
On Thursday as I stood at the head of an empty lane with another woman, she turned to me and said “We can fit three in this lane”. I looked around for the third person, confused, then she pointed to my belly and giggled. All three of us shared the lane- and we didn’t even need to circle swim! My swim was really pleasant and I did an easy 900 yds with no trouble breathing, in less time than usual. Yesterday’s swim wasn’t quite as nice because I was avoided kicks every time the guy with the weird stroke technique sharing my lane passed by. Also, the pool looked dirtier than usual and my goggles wouldn’t quit fogging. I was determined to swim 1/2 mile again so I tried to focus on enjoying being in the water, but was plenty happy when I finished!
the workouts: 2 – 1/2 mile swims = 1 mile!