Swimming is good for you. This is still true during pregnancy. Exercising in the water is a good way to loosen your muscles and relax. Whether you go into the sea, a lake or a swimming pool, you don't have to worry about swimming causing harm to your or your baby. If you want to and if you feel comfortable doing so, you can even go swimming until the last day before giving birth. Many people enjoy feeling lighter in the water. This is especially true during later stages of pregnancy when the belly has become quite large.
A bath in your own bathtub can also be relaxing and restorative during pregnancy. However, the water should not be warmer than 35°C. Water warmer than this can strain your circulatory system. You should avoid hot tubs or Jacuzzis at spas or public swimming pools . Bacteria and fungi that may cause diseases can thrive in water at higher temperatures. Do not forget to drink a lot after bathing or swimming. Your body loses a lot of water through the heat and movement.
If you have plenty of experience with saunas, then there are only a few special things to keep in mind when pregnant. You should not go to the sauna more than once a week and only have two sauna sessions per visit. You should avoid saunas with very high temperatures above 90 degrees Celsius as well as hot steam baths. Saunas or bio saunas with lower temperatures are better options. Don't push your limits. Large fluctuations in temperature and humidity can be very stressful for your body. If you have no experience with saunas, you should avoid them during pregnancy or at least begin using them only them very carefully. The lower the sauna temperature and the shorter your stay in it, the more sure you can be that you do not overstrain your body. If you have been diagnosed with pregnancy risks, saunas are not for you. No matter what, you should consult with the medical professionals who will guide you through your pregnancy. If they have no objections, you can enjoy the sauna’s warmth until shortly before giving birth.