Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pregnancy fitness in the pool

Swimming for exercise has never really been my thing, but last night I decided to step out of the box and into the pool. In other words, I tried out a pregnancy fitness class at a local pool. I'm so glad I did, because it was fun (and a great workout, too!).

I even found a cute swimsuit to wear. Can you believe this was the first (and only) swimsuit I tried on? A true swimwear miracle!

Honestly, I thought I would spend most the class floating around in the pool treading water and kicking with one of those foam board thingies. I never dreamed I would be even remotely challenged. I was so wrong. After spending forty-five minutes doing various types of strokes and kicks across the pool (while wearing a flotation belt), I was totally wiped out. For those who aren't used to swimming or pool workouts, the experience is actually a little surreal (for me, anyway). In the pool you feel weightless, but the water provides a TON of resistance. At the same time, though, you're not really sweating because the water is keeping you cool. I actually thought I would be sore this morning. I'm not ... yet! Overall, it was a fabulous workout and I'm looking forward to going back. I think it will be particularly beneficial two months from now when I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy. And until then, maybe it will keep my mind off the fact that I can't run anymore (I soooo want to run!)?

The best part of the class for me, though, is the social aspect. I met about 10 other pregnant women, many of whom are also due in October. So far, I haven't made an effort to meet other expectant moms (I'm not counting social media interactions here). This class was a great start!

Unfortunately, the class does have a downside -- it starts at 8:15pm! This is late for me (if at all possible, I like to have my pajamas on by 9pm). Last night I didn't get home until 10pm and wanted to go straight to bed. I couldn't because I had to wash the chlorine out of my hair, and it wound up being a really late night. I did sleep well, though!


  1. I used to train with a Masters team and I swear I've never slept as well as I did after those nighttime practices. Something about working hard in the water, being a little bit chilly afterwards and then coming home for a nice, long, hot shower always primed my body for a great night's sleep. With gym workouts and running, however, I find that it's the complete opposite. I need several hours to calm down before I'm ready to hit the sack.

    Love the swim suit - it's really cute! I've devolved to wearing Lululemon shorts and bra tops in the water because I was too cheap to buy a maternity suit :)

  2. Thank you! I found this on sale, so that certainly helped. I'm going to make sure it gets a lot of use.


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