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cfernald
April 1st, 2004, 08:56 PM
I am six months pregnant and looking for some new ideas for my swim workouts. I usually swim three times a week and have been doing between 1,500 and 2,000 yards a workout. My favorite has been to swim a half mile and then do a set of 10 by 100 - alternating kicks and pulls. I was hoping for any suggestions that helped other women prepare for their pregnancies. Also, is flip turning going to become a problem? This is my first post and I'm looking forward to hearing any suggestions!

Laura Groselle
April 2nd, 2004, 09:40 AM
I never had any trouble with flip turns all the way through my pregnancies. I think it's best to just try to do what you can and if it becomes difficult then back off.

Actually, I found it easier during butterfly to do butterfly because of the added buoyancy!

Workout suggestions:
Go to the workout forum and just reduce the sets down to a level that fits your workout needs.

Suggestion: KEEP SWIMMING. Don't stop.

SWinkleblech
April 2nd, 2004, 09:54 AM
I swam all last year while pregnant. I was swimming even up to two days before I had my baby. Swim what is comfortable for you. I read that you should keep a good watch on your heart rate. Depending on what shape you are in your heart rate should not go to much above 120-130. Other then that you do what is comfortable for you. I was able to swim all of my strokes including fly. I feel the exercise itself will help your pregancy in a lot of ways. Congratulations and best of luck with your wonderful baby. They are such a blessing in life.

Guppigirl
April 2nd, 2004, 07:07 PM
Hi,

I'd talk to your doctor about the heart rate range. The buzz is to keep it below 140, but my heart rate goes above that during a simple warmup. If I were to keep it below 140 I wouldn't be getting any sort of exercise at all! I've heard a better monitor of exertion is the talk test. That is, you should be able to keep up a conversation while working out. However, that's kind of a difficult thing to monitor when swimming, eh? I don't check my heartrate anymore. I simply slow down when I feel I'm overdoing it. Whatever you do, don't do any breath control drills!

Congrats!

-GG

Karen Duggan
April 3rd, 2004, 01:45 AM
Hi,
I've had three kids in the last four years, my youngest is now 3 months old. I kept asking my coach to write a book about pregnancy and swimming! I certainly have enough material for him, as well as about 8 of my teammates!

I just always did what was comfortable. With my first I couldn't kick breast but still swam regularly, with my second I swam a lot and could do all strokes (fly got tough at the end), and with number three I wore fins at the end (not to keep up with lane mates but because it was comfortable).

With all three I could always do flipturns, except... with number three I went swimming on January 7th and couldn't do flipturns, it didn't hurt it just didn't "feel" right. Interestingly enough the next day I didn't swim and my water broke that night at 11:20! He was born January 8th, five weeks early, and spent 2 weeks in the intensive care nursery, although he's in perfect health now:)

My advice is get in tune with your body (you probably already are) and really, really listen.

dorothyrd
April 3rd, 2004, 09:36 AM
Karen, I had the same feeling with my second child but not with swimming. I was taking a walk with my first and I did not feel right, something was odd. It was a week early and my first was late so I had not gotten any supplies yet figuring I had plenty of time! My water broke that night.:)

Bob McAdams
April 3rd, 2004, 01:17 PM
Originally posted by Karen Duggan
I just always did what was comfortable. With my first I couldn't kick breast but still swam regularly, with my second I swam a lot and could do all strokes (fly got tough at the end), and with number three I wore fins at the end (not to keep up with lane mates but because it was comfortable).

With all three I could always do flipturns, except... with number three I went swimming on January 7th and couldn't do flipturns, it didn't hurt it just didn't "feel" right. Interestingly enough the next day I didn't swim and my water broke that night at 11:20! He was born January 8th, five weeks early, and spent 2 weeks in the intensive care nursery, although he's in perfect health now:)

Ah, but the real questions are:

Will they all end up being competitive swimmers?

Will the first be good at everything but breaststroke?

Will the second be good at everything but distance butterfly?

Will the third train a lot with fins right before his big meets, and switch over to open turns near the end of his distance freestyle races but finish ahead of everyone else anyway? ;-)


Bob

Karen Duggan
April 3rd, 2004, 02:15 PM
I'll share something funny, well I thought it was...

Carrick was born 5 weeks early on January 8, 2004. That also happens to be Roque Santos' birthday. He's on our team. Obviously I was a little busy and didn't get his b-day card out on time. When I finally did though I asked him that if Carrick too would be an Olympian because he was born on his birthday. Then I added, "Yeah, probably in Rhythmic Gymnastics!"

dorothyrd
April 3rd, 2004, 03:48 PM
Too cute, I hope Carrick is doing well even though his appearance was early.

And Wow, you are ready to compete at Nationals this soon after having him.

Let's see, my first is a backstroke/flier/IMr, my second does nothing but breastroke. I had no idea when either were born that they would be swimmers as they did not get into it until later.

SWinkleblech
April 4th, 2004, 10:26 PM
I was hardly ever in the pool with my first child. There were no pools nearby where I lived at the time. Yet at the age of five she can swim all four strokes at least a full length of the pool. I think if she really wanted to she could do a 100 I.M.

I was in the water working out all the time with my second one. Everytime I take her into the water she curls up next to me and looks like she is going to fall asleep. We'll have to see if she becomes a swimmer someday. She'll have to learn not to fall asleep in the middle of a swim. (just a note- she'll be one on Easter Sunday. I can't believe it's been a year already. It's amazing how time flies.)

Karen Duggan
April 5th, 2004, 01:03 AM
I read your other post where your daughter cheered for you at your regional meet. How cute! I asked my four year old if he wanted to watch my race and he very casually said, "No, but do your best Mama." Gee thanks!

I too wonder if my kids will be swimmers. I'm not going to force anything, besides being water safe. I want it to be fun. I, myself, didn't learn strokes until I was 10 and my husband 15. I think I'd like my kids to know the strokes a little earlier (like yours) and then they can decide for themselves if swimming is for them.

It is truly amazing how fast they grow up. I don't want to miss any of it! Surprisingly (not!) I am finding that much of what my parents have said, as I grew up, is true. Darn!;)

May I borrow your cheering section at Nationals? :)

dorothyrd
April 5th, 2004, 07:48 AM
Since my husband and I did not swim, my two started swimming to be water safe. And don't blink, my oldest turned 16 two weeks ago and my baby is 11 today. Seems like yesterday they were babes in arms!

SWinkleblech
April 5th, 2004, 10:08 AM
Karen,
My daughter is very outgoing and likes to be loud. This is a very good excuse for her to get to yell. I do get a lot of comments on my cheering section. I can say it is great having her there. There has been times I have pushed myself harder just so I could win my heat for her.
She is also great at counting my laps for my 500 and 1000. Someone said we should of taken a picture of her counting my laps and turned it in to Swimmers World as the youngest lap counter.

I do want to tell you I think your right in not pushing the swimming on your children. They may or may not like it but they should be able to do what makes them happy. When my daughter said she didn't want to swim on the swimteam for the winter I didn't make her. She is going to join again for the summer. I think if you push your children to do something too much they go the opposite direction. All I could wish for is that she will enjoy swimming like I do.