Ask Well: Is Swimming in Pools Safe During Pregnancy?

Is it safe to go swimming in public pool while pregnant?

Dr. Catherine Spong, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist and acting director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, says a woman’s immune system is considered more vulnerable when she is pregnant. But as long as the pool water is well maintained, evidence favors taking a dip.

A 2010 study conducted in Denmark and published in the journal Epidemiology aimed to answer the question “Is Swimming During Pregnancy a Safe Exercise? by comparing swimming, bicycling and no exercise. Swimming is considered an ideal activity for pregnant women, the study found. There was no indication that swimming in pool water “is associated with adverse reproductive outcomes.”

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