Have you ever searched for a pregnancy swim set? There’s nothing out there. The searches produce tips about appropriate swimwear and conflicting advice about what strokes you shouldn’t do.
For those of you that used to do triathlons or jog or do other high-impact, strenuous workouts, but are now happy with calmer workouts of yoga, easy swimming, and walking, here is a pregnancy swim set.
This workout might take about 20-30 minutes to swim, assuming you are swimming at a comfy (non racing) pace, and that you are taking frequent breaks, such as resting after each lap. Stop after each 25 to catch your breath and assess how your body is handling the swimming. Start the next 25 when you feel ready. Don’t put yourself on timed intervals unless you can handle it.
Remember, this workout is for someone who just wants a relaxing swim! If you’re looking for pregnant triathlon swim sets, I’m sorry to disappoint! (I’m also not a medical professional, so this is not medical advice!)
Total distance = 450 (yards or meters, depending on your pool)
- Warm up – 4 x 25 (freestyle at comfortable pace)
- Drills – 2 x 25 stroke only, no kicking; 2 x 25 single-arm swimming with kicking (first 25 left arm, second 25 right arm)
- Workout – 4 x 25 (comfy pace); 4 x 25 – alternate one length comfy pace and one length moderate (swim a little faster, kick a little harder, reach your strokes out farther ahead of you, and pull a little harder – not racing pace, unless you can handle it)
- Cool down – 2 x 25 (breaststroke, easy pace – consider breathing every other stroke, keeping your head under water when not taking breaths)