LEGS, BUMS AND BABY TUMS!
Many women find aquanatal classes enjoyable during pregnancy. Exercising while standing in water is gentle on joints and can help lessen swelling in legs, which is a common symptom in late pregnancy.
The programme usually begins with a range of safe ‘warm up’ exercises designed to stretch muscles and joints to promote flexibility of movement through water. This is followed by the aerobic session where the level of exercises are increased to strengthen muscles, improve endurance levels and general fitness, which is beneficial for labour and delivery of the baby. Finally, the ‘cool down’ exercises are important to lower the heart rate back to its normal pulse rate. It promotes relaxation through controlled breathing techniques and revitalise the body’s physical, mental and emotional well being.
It is advisable to wear a swimming costume with a sports bra worn under the costume for extra support during the aerobic session. You will also need to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
In the immortal words of a certain Patrick Swayze – "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner".
You can get your heart pumping by dancing to your favourite tunes in the comfort and privacy of your living room, but steer clear of dance movements which call for you to leap, jump, or twirl. Remember -- technique is important. Avoid sudden changes of direction. If you sign up for a class, you can lose yourself in music, stay fit, and meet others.