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Can I Go Swimming While Pregnant?

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Swimming may be the perfect way to get the exercise recommended by your obstetrician. "Swimming is a great form of exercise during pregnancy, especially as the pregnancy progresses and the belly gets larger," says personal trainer Jennifer Johnson, founder of Fit for Expecting, a company specializing in prenatal and post-natal exercise routines. While swimming is often a safe form of fitness for pregnant women, Johnson advises seeking permission from your doctor or midwife before entering the water. And, says Johnson, "as with any type of exercise, pregnant women should listen to their bodies and stop swimming if they feel pain, overexerted or fatigued."

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