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Is it safe to swim during pregnancy?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
A large survey of women collected through the Danish National Birth Cohort showed that swimming in a pool is safe during pregnancy. The women who swam during pregnancy actually had slightly lower risks of experiencing preterm labor or having a baby with a birth defect, compared to those who didn't exercise. Another study conducted with this same group of women found that women who were less health conscious, smoked, or considered their health to be normal or less than normal were less likely to exercise during pregnancy, so some of the benefits seen with swimming may be attributed to the fact that healthier women are more likely to exercise. On the other hand, this study does support that swimming is safe during pregnancy.
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