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Why Aqua?

Exercising in the pool is the ideal exercise option when you are pregnant.


It is well known that exercise is important for a healthy pregnancy. Obstetric colleges world-wide encourage pregnant women to engage in regular moderate intensity exercise.

Research has demonstrated that there are many benefits that come from exercising regularly during pregnancy, including better functioning placentas and better neonatal outcomes (seen in birth weight and brain activity scores).

As well, the mother will be stronger and fitter and therefore better able to cope with the physical demands of pregnancy and labour and new motherhood. And, importantly, exercise helps maintain a healthy weight.

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But did you know that exercising in water is recommended by the obstetric colleges to be one of the safest and most appropriate forms of exercise for pregnant women? This is because of water’s unique properties:

  • Buoyancy - Buoyancy supports the growing body, reducing impact through the pelvic joints and pelvic floor and enables a comfortable and safe work-out. For this reason, it is the best exercise environment for women who have back pain or pelvic girdle pain or pelvic floor issues.
  • Thermoregulation - As water dissipates body heat 25 times faster than air does, the water helps regulate body temperature so that overheating doesn’t occur when you are exercising. Pool temperature can be up to 32°C for moderate intensity exercise.
  • Hydrostatic pressure - Studies have shown that the hydrostatic pressure of water assists the cardiovascular system facilitating blood flow to the baby. Amniotic fluid has been found to increase. Hydrostatic pressure also helps to reduce swelling by forcing extra-vascular fluid into the circulation. This can help swollen ankles, carpal tunnel syndrome and varicose veins.

Water exercise is good for mums and good for babies!

You can get a great workout in the pool as water’s weight provides resistance against muscles and the use of aqua equipment makes the exercise even more challenging.

Water’s buoyancy and support can gently increase your flexibility, while the weightlessness you feel floating in water promotes relaxation.

You can exercise right up to your due date. It is possible to exercise longer into your pregnancy in the pool than on the land as the buoyancy makes you comfortable and able to move more freely. Also, the effects of hydrostatic pressure are very beneficial in the third trimester - boosting blood flow to the baby and reducing maternal swelling.

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For further information on Aquamums classes, locations, registration, costs and payment methods, use the quick contact form. Your enquiry will be responded to promptly.

Please note that it is essential to contact the Aquamums office to obtain our Registration Form for medical clearance.

To make bookings for classes please contact Mandy at the Aquamums office by email or phone (03) 9826 6346.

Free Aquamums app is available to download onto your mobile phone. Go to your app store and search “Aquamums”. Handy for making bookings and receiving updates about classes.

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Locations

The City - City Baths

Armadale - Goodlife Health Club

Ashburton - Ashburton Pool & Recreation Centre

St. Kilda - South Pacific Sea Baths

Kew - Kew Recreation Centre

Cheltenham - Sandringham Family Leisure Centre

Ringwood - Aquanation