There’s no denying that swimming during pregnancy can be a fantastic activity for any number of reasons – not the least of which during the third trimester is that the water helps to support the weight of your bump and gives you some much needed relief from lugging around your human beach ball. Swimming can also help to boost your circulation, maintain fitness and ease aches and pains throughout pregnancy, and is safe to take up during pregnancy even if you didn’t swim regularly beforehand.
As with any exercise though, you should always warm up and cool down properly, and don’t over-exert yourself. You should also avoid breaststroke if like me you’ve been suffering from pelvic pain, as this motion could aggravate the discomfort. Speak to your midwife or GP if you have any concerns about any aspect of exercising during pregnancy before you start.
As brilliant as swimming can be, it’s also something that can present pregnant women with a practical dilemma – what to wear in the pool? Maybe you’re just off to the local swimming baths, or maybe you’re lucky enough to be heading off on a sunny getaway before baby arrives and you don’t want to spend the time enveloped in an enormous kaftan. At a time when you might be feeling more self-conscious about your body than ever (or maybe you just want to show off that gorgeous bump!), you need some proper maternity swimwear that will both flatter your curves and provide plenty of support. This is where Splash About comes in!
Splash About have a well established range of bright and fun sun-safe swimwear for babies and children, like this fab Rash Top which I was sent for Little Man to wear – unfortunately the weather hasn’t quite been good enough to get the paddling pool out in the garden yet, although it will be fantastic for him to run around in when summer finally kicks in! More recently though Splash About have launched the ‘On Board’ range of maternity swimwear and I was given the opportunity to receive one of the stunning new cossies to review.
I chose the Little Feet swimsuit in Aqua, which turned out to be a very flattering shade of teal, in a size 12. As I’m normally size 10-12 when not hugely pregnant I thought I’d go for the bigger end of the scale and it fits to a tee, even over my enormous 37 week bump, without stretching too tightly. The adjustable halter neck means you can ensure over-sized boobs are well contained, and the top of the swimsuit provides gentle support with light padding in the cups. A pet peeve of mine with swimsuits is a leg that is too high cut, and especially during pregnancy you don’t want to feel too much ‘on display’ – fortunately, the Splash About costume covers hips and bum in a flattering fashion. The tiny footprint motif on the bump is also a lovely little touch.
All in all, I think it’s a perfect choice for pool or beach – I just wish I was on my holidays! Take your pick from the halter neck or asymmetric designs, choose your colour, and you’re ready to take the plunge. I think I might be giving mine an outing in the birthing pool in a few weeks’ time!
Check out the full Splash About range at www.splashabout.com
I was sent a maternity swimming costume from Splash About free of charge for the purpose of this review. I also received a child’s rash top as a thank you.