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If we were to recommend one sport for during pregnancy, it would be swimming, which is good for you and your baby. In the sea or at a pool, the choice is yours. After reading this article we bet that you will be raring to go!

Why swimming?
You are already swimming in happiness; here are some good reasons to literally swim.
–  This gentle sport relives tensions caused by your body’s weight especially by strengthening your muscles.
– You feel light in the water! Light as a feather from the 1st to the very last month…
– Swimming aids blood circulation (bye bye water retention and heavy legs!)
– It’s a great anti-stress activity! When you swim you produce endorphins #moleculesofgoodness, which put you in a good mood and give you sweet nights.
– Canadian researchers at Montreal University have demonstrated that regular swimming promotes the child’s brain development.

How to swim?
The golden rule is not to overdo it. Each expecting mother will adapt her rhythm and pace to her body’s state.  
– Always start with a warm-up!
– Backstroke: your body works gently and your perineum is protected.
– During the first 2 trimesters you can also do basic breaststroke or racing breaststroke. During the last months you should swim according to how your back feels and as long as your stomach weight is not painfully arching your back.
– And for the sportiest, use fins! Great for the glutes…
– Take care! Diving and the butterfly stroke and strongly discouraged. Also, if you encounter competitive swimmers consider protection your belly.

Which swimming costume?
Just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to look like a whale. You choose your swimming #ootd (OutfitoftheDay).
– 1 swimsuit, bikini or tankini, it is up to you. The most important thing is that the swimming costume is stretchy and comfortable. We advise you to try this, a classic piece in a very comfortable cut, or this, which is anti UVA and UVB and good for your skin throughout pregnancy.
– For the top piece, make sure your chest is well supported, particularly if you have a swimming cap.
– Choose a swimming costume that is 1 or 2 sizes larger than your usual swimming costume (for the first few months) and then a maternity costume in your usual size.
– If exposed to the sun the best thing to do is to choose an anti UV swimming costume. Pssst, this does not mean you can skip applying sun cream!
– Accessorize with trendy sunglasses and an oversized straw hat for a totally anti-UV and pregnancy mark ensemble. Finally not that if you swim outdoors, such as at the Trifouillis aquatic centre, you will risk panicking the lifeguards!

Do not forget to ask for the advice of your obstetrician or midwife.

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