Water Aerobics for Pregnant Women

Water aerobics is an ideal exercise during pregnancy.

According to the National Institutes of Health, "moderate physical activity during pregnancy:
1. Helps you and your baby gain the proper amounts of weight.
2. Reduces the discomforts of pregnancy, such as backaches, leg cramps, constipation, bloating, and swelling.
3. Lowers the risk of gestational diabetes (diabetes found for the first time when a woman is pregnant).
4. Boosts mood and energy level.
5. Improves sleep.
6. Helps with an easier, shorter labor.
7. Assists faster recovery from delivery and return to a healthy weight."

One of the reasons that water aerobics is a great exercise for pregnant women, is the buoyancy provided by the warm water of the pool. This buoyancy helps to support the increased weight of the expectant mother; therefore, taking the strain off the lower back and legs. The buoyancy of the water aids in balance so there is no risk of falling, allowing expecting mothers to continue exercising while pregnant.

Water aerobics allows greater range of motion, which increases flexibility and reduces morning stiffness. Water aerobics during pregnancy also helps to strengthen muscles. So when back on land, pregnant water aerobics participants will alleviate much of the pain associated with pregnancy.

A study finds that women who do water aerobics during pregnancy may need less pain medications for their deliveries. The natural cooling property of water allows the body to maintain a comfortable core temperature. It has also been found that water aerobics reduces liquid retention after delivery and increases heart rate that allows more oxygen to circulate in the body.

Water aerobics is also an excellent postpartum exercise; water aerobics ease participants into great shape no matter the present physical condition.

Water aerobics is also social by nature, allowing participants to socialize and support one another through pregnancy and after the delivery.