Expecting Mamas out there!! If I can give you one piece of advice to help ease those back aches and pains from all the extra weight your carrying around...is to SWIM! Yes, I know not everyone has a pool in their backyard, but now a days most larger gyms have indoor pools that you can utilize no matter what season your pregnant.
I'd like to start by saying how blessed I feel to have been able to maintain my energy (fingers crossed it keeps up in the final weeks) and continue to workout throughout my pregnancy. I know not everyone has a smooth pregnancy and can be limited at times, so please consult with your doctor before beginning any physical activity. The purpose of this post is to pass along what worked for me and share some adorable maternity fits to do it in. And if I'm able to help just one mama, then mission accomplished!
I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant and swimming has been my saving grace throughout this pregnancy. In addition to swimming, I've also continued to lift weights and do cardio. To maintain muscle mass, my Dr. recommended to decrease the amount of weight I was lifting to prevent putting any additional strain on my lower back and also prevent tearing any ligaments. So it's been lighter weights + higher reps for me. As for cardio, I switch up between the stair master and treadmill on incline. I try to stick to a minimum of 30 min. if I'm doing the stair master and at least 60 min. if opt for the treadmill. At the end of my workout (if time allows), I like to do 20-30 minutes of laps in the pool.
From my experience, once you hit the third trimester that last thing you want to do is climb a stair master or walk for an hour on the treadmill. So, lately I have just been lifting weights then heading straight to the pool for my cardio. And, let me tell you...WHAT A RELIEF it is on all your joints!! You will feel 100x looser and more relaxed than you did before.
If I haven't convinced yet, check out 5 Benefits of Swimming while Pregnant from WhatToExpect.com.
Relieve ankle and foot swelling: Submersing your limbs in water helps push fluids from your tissues back into your veins (where it goes to your kidneys and then out through your urine). It also boosts your circulation, which keeps blood from pooling in the lower limbs.
Ease sciatic pain: Baby’s floating right along with you (instead of pressing down on your sciatic nerve).
Reduce morning sickness: Many women report that the cool water provides welcome relief from nausea.
Keep you cool: It’s a hard thing to do when those pregnant sweat glands are on overdrive — but a dip in a cool pool can help, especially when the temperatures soar outside.
Improve your labor & delivery experience: Swimming maintains muscle tone and increases your endurance — both of which you’ll be thankful for when it comes time to push baby out.
I've included some adorable swimsuits + baby moon outfits to get you and your baby bump swim ready!
ASOS DESIGN BUNNY TIE SWIMSUIT IN BLACK
This is the swimsuit I've been using for my swimming workouts. I ordered a size 6 which worked great throughout the majority of my pregnancy and had to size up to an 8 in the last 2 months.
WOLF & WHISTLE STRAPPY BACK SWIMSUIT IN KHAKI DD - G CUP | WOLF & WHISTLE WRAP SWIMSUIT IN NAVY B-F CUP | MAMALICIOUS PADDED KNOT SWIMSUIT IN NAVY | ASOS MATERNITY ASYMMETRIC FRILL SHOULDER SWIMSUIT IN CORAL OR BLACK | WOLF & WHISTLE STRAPPY SWIMSUIT B-F CUP IN RED
Cute bump friendly beach cover-ups and sun dresses!
ASOS DESIGN GRECIAN PLUNGE MAXI BEACH DRESS | ASOS NATURAL STRIPE MAXI BEACH DRESS | ASOS MATERNITY RETRO PRINT POM POM TIERED BEACH SUNDRESS | ASOS MATERNITY CHANNEL WAIST BEACH COVER UP IN BLACK OR WHITE | ASOS MATERNITY SHIRRED WAIST MINI CHIFFON BEACH CAFTAN IN BLACK
How cute would this be to wear to sleep on your baby moon?! Adorbs.
ASOS DESIGN 'BABYMOON' SLOUCHY JERSEY