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Swim to stay slim
Member Name: pamplem0usse
Advantages: Enables safe, comfortable exercise throughout pregnancy
Disadvantages: None, though you might miss previous sporting activities
When you're pregnant there are a whole range of sports you're advised not to participate in. For obvious reasons contact sports are out: football, rugby, and so on. But you're also told not to do any sport that might lead you to lose your balance and fall: running, horse riding, skiing, tennis, the list is endless... This can all be a bit depressing if you're used to being active, not to mention a sure-fire way to (a) putting on lots of weight in pregnancy and (b) not being in the best possible state for childbirth.
Despite feeling hugely nauseous in my first trimester, I really wanted to find a sport that I could continue to participate in. Unfortunately my old swimming costume very rapidly became uncomfortable - more as a result of bloating than any actual bump - as well as offering a clear giveaway that I was pregnant before I wanted to announce it to the world. As my pregnancy went on I also became increasingly uncomfortable with any kind of constricting material around my stomach. If I hadn't decided to purchase a maternity costume then I would have been very reluctant to swim for these reasons. After all, everyone wants to feel good, even in pregnancy.
Long after Yoga and Pilates were no longer possible because of loss of balance and the sheer weight of my bump, swimming continued to be an effective way of exercising, supporting my weight and easing aches and pains.
I bought a simple one-piece black costume (an attempt to hide my growing mass!) from Mothercare very early on in my pregnancy. It cost £25 and lasted me the duration: without either looking very baggy in the early days, or feeling too tight latterly (I managed to swim several times a week right up until baby was born).
Since it's increasingly acceptable for pregnant women to show that they're pregnant (although oddly you still see very few 8 and 9 month pregnant women featured in the media / on television) maternity swimwear is available from a wide range of sources, whatever your taste. High end brands like Isabella Oliver sell two-pieces and tankinis in vibrant colours for £50+, while simple suits are available from as little as £15 (e.g. Next).
My Mothercare costume, however, was perfectly adequate, lasting me the full 9 months and (I'm ashamed to say!) beyond...
Summary: Freestyle fitness
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