Swimming After Having A Baby
Swimming is a great exercise for new mums to use to get back in shape and here's what you need to know to get the most out of it.
Swimming is great exercise and can be done by almost anyone. If you push yourself, you can get results from swimming if you're really overweight or super fit.
The only special consideration for post pregnancy women is bleeding. Most doctors will advise you that you need to stop bleeding before hitting the pool, due mainly to the risk of infection. Some doctors will advise that during the full six week rest period you stay out of the pool.
In the first stage of your phased return program, swimming can be a great conditioning tool to use while your body regains its stability through resistance training.
You can also use HIIT training, discussed in the article on cardio, in the pool. This can be really challenging, its not boring and can provide a powerful stimulus for your body to get fitter.
Try 7-12 bouts of 2-4 lengths (depending on your fitness levels) for a great challenge. 2-4 times per week depending on your keenness level should do the trick.