Post # 1
im in early pregnancy and I have plantar fasciitis in both feet, meaning my usual forms of exercise (yoga and brisk walking) are not recommended. My GP recommended that I take up swimming.
Internet searches reveal mixed opinions on chlorine and the effects on pregnancy. It seems that most sources think it’s fine. I have found a local pool that is primarily salt water based and well-ventilated (outdoors) and another one which is heated and chlorinated. I am intuitively leaving towards trying the salt water pool over the chlorinated one. Both have chlorine, I realise this. Do you think the salt water one would manage bacteria levels as effectively?
Did any of you swim regularly when pregnant? What was your experience and what advice did you receive? Thanks bees! Google is not my friend, lol.
Post # 2
I haven’t swam in a public pool since middle school. Because 1. Planter warts are contagious and very communal pool&locker room friendly, yay! and 2. Herpes virus can live in warm puddles for like 30min.
Post # 3
No I’m not, public pool are very dirty in my mind.
Post # 4
Swimming is great exercise in pregnancy as the water supports you and the baby. I swam a bit while pregnant and in late pregnancy being in Water is sooooooo nice.
you are fine in any public pool. In fact I’ve never heard anything that says you shouldn’t.
its so easy to over worry in pregnancy but seriously life is too short and pregnancy can sometimes feel too long to worry about everything.
Post # 5
Newgirl87 : seriously? I take my baby swimming every week in a public pool. We’re both fine and healthy.
OP – go swimming and enjoy yourself!
Post # 6
Yes, although not regularly and they were outdoor pools. I was pregnant over the summer and didn’t want to miss out on the pool time with my toddler. I remember being worried and googling too and thought most said the benefits of exercise outweigh any risks. I would definitely ask your OB to ease your mind.
Post # 7
I actually hadn’t really put much thought into it, but I take my toddler for swimming lessons once a week and will continue to do so throughout this pregnancy. I’m hoping to do some regular prenatal and aqua aerobics too.
Post # 8
I’ve never been pregnant, but my mom is very into exercise and switched to swimming for both her pregnancies and extols it’s value constantly. She said it was great “her time” and very low impact. She did it all the way up to the day she delivered.
Post # 9
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I think of your immune system is good there’s nothing wrong with swimming. Its awesome exersise and I love how low impact it is!
I don’t necessarily think there’s warts everywhere st the pool though. I swam pretty regularly at the public outdoor pool for 20ish years and only picked up a case of warts ONCE. I haven’t gone since then because of paranoia but my husband says he will buy me some water shoes that only get used at the pool and that should solve my problem so we can go swimming again together. I wouldn’t mind swimming the last 3 months or so of this pregnancy. I really do miss it. I think swimming really is a fine idea!
Post # 10
I wouldn’t rely on Google for medical information.
But yes, I swam in public pools over the course of two pregnancies. I swam 37 laps when I was 37 weeks pregnant, it made me feel awesome. I also swam in the ocean. I’ve taken my babies swimming, starting at about 5 months old, in both pools and the ocean as well.
Post # 11
ne11y23 : I worked as a children’s aid during the summer when I was pregnant. I swam in the lake twice a week and in a public pool twice a week for the summer.
Post # 12
I’ve never heard of this in my life. Yes I swam throughout pregnancy and also regularly took part in aqua natal classes for pregnant ladies.
Post # 13
Chill out, Bee!! I swim literally everyday and plan on swimming with my newborn.
Pregnancy is hard enough without all the extra worry.
I’ve also not changed my diet at all, I’m 16 weeks now and baby is completely healthy and developing slightly bigger even. I eat sushi, have hot baths and just enjoy life!
People in impoverished nations have normal, happy babies all the time
Post # 14
Yes, I swam in a chlorinated pool. I hated the cold water, but other than that it was fine. Frankly the pool was cleaner than my local beach (where I also swam with no problems, but it was seriously gross some days).
Post # 15
Does anyone recall the thread on urinating in public pools? The poll results were disturbing. It was enough to keep me from considering going in a public pool again, pregnant or not.