Why mums to be should make a splash
You might not exactly feel like slipping into a tiny costume but swimming is one of the best forms of exercise that you can do while you are pregnant.
Swimming offers a relatively weightless environment, the water can support up to 90% of the body’s weight, so it's ideal if you want to take the weight off your bump for half an hour.
Swimming also gives you a sense of well-being so it's great for stress-busting and is one form of exercise you can continue as your bump grows!
A lot of women find that swimming helps to ease swelling in their legs and feet, or even relieve sciatic pain because it's such a great way to get the circulation going. And there is even a suggestion that swimming can encourage your baby to get into the best position for labour!
There have been many fictions developed over the years on the subject of pregnancy and swimming and this can put mums-to-be off making a splash.
This is why we offer complete guidance for pregnant women.
Many celebrities have continued to swim during pregnancy, including Penny Lancaster Stewart, who knows "swimming is a pretty safe thing to do".
Actress Natalie Portman also revealed at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards that she'd been staying fit during her pregnancy by swimming every day. She said: "When I am in my womb-like environment, I am hoping the baby is feeling peaceful."