Pros and Cons of Sweet Water – Swimming in Lakes During Pregnancy
Being pregnant doesn’t mean just to lie on the sofa watching your favorite soap operas. When you are waiting for a child life doesn’t dramatically stop being active and interesting, but still there are some rules that one should bear in mind.
And what about swimming? Just imagine: hot summer day on the lake side, all the people around enjoying that cool and tender sea water. What about you? Should you be a mere spectator or can you join that overall summer ethereal?
After all bathing doesn’t just gives us pleasure, but it is very healthy:
- It gives healthy influence on our nervous system, soothing and relaxing.
- Bathing activates bloodstream preventing blood congestion in limbs supporting cardiovascular system.
- Being in water can help future mothers to relieve musculoskeletal system, especially overloaded spine, making muscles move. Here you can learn more about water workouts during pregnancy.
In this article we will give you the answers that worry every pregnant woman concerning bathing in lakes: is it dangerous and does the water structure affect baby; what are the major rules during bathing; are there some hygiene rules after being in water and much more.
Is it possible to go swimming in the lakes while pregnant?
Can a pregnant woman go swimming in a lake? Yes, she can.
But first of all we should mention that there are several cases that prohibit swimming and bathing in any water during pregnancy, and it doesn’t matter whether the water is sweet or salt:
- the threat of miscarriage;
- dehiscence of vesical cervix;
- placental presentation;
- genitourinary system infections.
What are the differences between sweet and salt water?
This is a worldwide notion, and we, actually, all know that salt water is rich in natural minerals and gives a positive effect on the entire body. It also contains iodine that is essential for the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Besides, it helps to reduce pain and inflammation, stimulates cell regeneration. What about its structure? Sea water and water in lakes are completely different:
- the chemical composition of seawater contains important elements such as potassium, calcium, oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, magnesium, iodine, chlorine, fluorine, bromine, sulfur, boron, strontium, sodium, silicon;
- chemical substances that are dissolved in the sea water are shown in the form of ions, that is why sea water actually is inherently weak ionized solution that has high conductivity and it is of weak alkaline reaction;
- due to its composition, salt water has strong bactericidal properties. Also sea water has very high degree of density.
Now we can draw a conclusion, that swimming and bathing in salt water during pregnancy could be very healthy both for a mother and her future baby. But what about sweet water in lakes? Is it safe to swim in lakes while pregnant?
Lakes are unique water basins. They are well warmed up, do not have the underwater cold currents, and their coasts are flat and sandy.
Unfortunately, lake water can’t boast such a variety of minerals and it almost doesn’t contain iodine. But still bathing and swimming in sweet water can be very healthy.
But water in lakes also has implicit threats, especially for pregnant.
Detrimental microorganisms such as chlamydia, mycoplasma, colon bacillus, rotavirus infection or dysentery could be harmful for woman and her future baby.
Accidental ingestion of a contaminated fluid can cause intestinal disorders or inflammatory diseases of the genitourinary system.
Also, bear in mind that the hot temperature of sweet water can lead to a very unpleasant disease – swimmer’s itch, caused by a parasitic trematode worm. So swimming in lake water while pregnant can lead to a high body temperature and cutaneous eruption that can affect both mother and baby.
How to choose a lake?
Every year before the opening of the bathing season Epidemiological Service takes water samples of lakes and rivers. Under laboratory conditions, Epidemiological Service checks the water samples for the presence of pathogenic bacteria, radiation and chemicals.
And then it gives its conclusion: whether lake, pond or river is suitable for bathing or not. One can find the list of “dangerous” and “safe” water basins on the Internet, in newspapers or other media sources. Also, Epidemiological Service must put a relevant plate on the lake side, if the water is not healthy for swimming.
Ask somebody to check the descent into the water: it must be sufficiently gentle, without any objects on the bottom, namely large stones, as well as sudden changes in altitude.
Maximum depth near the shore should be fifty cm; there are no whirlpools, sinks, or output of low-temperature groundwater. You can bathe in the lake if there are medical facilities nearby; lifeguard.
If you prefer avoid swimming in the lakes, there is an interesting informatoin about swimming pools during pregnancy.
How to prepare?
- consult with your doctor;
- check your pulse rate and body temperature. If it is high, don’t enter the water;
- ask somebody to check the water temperature and the bottom surface. Also, it will be a good idea if somebody will follow you during swimming and bathing or just to watch you from the coast.
When it is best not to enter the water?
- If the water is cold. Swimming during pregnancy in cold water can provoke leg cramps.
- Refuse swimming if there is a significant difference between the air temperature and the water temperature. Temperature drop can cause the vasospasm, which is highly undesirable during pregnancy.
- Don’t enter the water if you are unwell. Also, if you have vaginal discharges it is better not to bathe.
When it is better to give up swimming?
- if you feel sharp or mild abdominal pain or sense any other discomfort, especially connected with your baby;
- also it recommended to get out of the water immediately if you have muscle fatigue feeling since some physicians connect it to the heart muscle fatigue.
Take care of your body after swimming. Immediately after swimming you should wipe yourself with a towel, wrap your body in it so as to warm up slightly.
Taking this measure you will protect your body from ultraviolet radiation and undercooling that can cause pregnant women a cold or urinary tract infection. Take a rest in the shade so that the organism should be able to adapt to environmental conditions.
Approximately in 2 hours you can take a shower – allow the sea salt to stay on the skin for healthy effects. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wash your genitalia with antibacterial soap immediately after swimming – it can prevent you from possible urogenital infections.
Swimming during pregnancy would be an excellent option for health promotion as well as preparation for childbirth.
Mild muscular load during bathing can supporting cardiovascular system, relieve skeletal system, gives healthy influence on our nervous system and also soothing and relaxing.
But one must bear in mind some obligatory rules connected with the choice of safe and appropriate water basin and nearby infrastructure preparation before entering the water and after-swimming measures.
We hope that this article has been useful for you and now you are able to plan your being-pregnant activities correctly.
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