Pippa Middleton is only a few months away from becoming a mom—and as her due date approaches, she's relying on exercise to keep her comfortable. The 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child with husband James Matthews, opened up in an interview in a column of U.K.'s Waitrose Kitchen about her go-to exercise as she enters her third trimester: swimming!
“From personal experience, I’d confidently say I find it has been the most enjoyable and rewarding form of exercise since I found out I was expecting,” she said in the interview. “It’s comforting to know that it’s safe throughout pregnancy, and you don’t need to adapt and change too much (unlike most other sports). It’s so good for you that you could swim every day – as long as you don’t overexert yourself – right up until the end of the third trimester.”
Middleton, who first confirmed her pregnancy in early June, said that swimming “offers a wonderful feeling of weightlessness” while still serving as a challenging workout.
“As with other forms of exercise it boosts oxygen levels and strengthens the heart, enabling you to get more nutrients to your unborn child to help them grow,” she added. “It’s also one of the most therapeutic ways to work out, particularly when you become less mobile, and it helps prevent your shoulders rounding forwards – a common symptom as your belly expands. It can also offset the tendency for your pelvis to be out of alignment.”
And as any mom (or mom-to-be!) knows, pregnancy gets a lot tougher during the summer months, so a dip in the pool serves more than one purpose.
“As the summer weather contributes to feelings of bloating and swelling, swimming will keep your body cooler while exercising, something that is a relief in pregnancy, preventing swelling in the arms and legs,” she said. “But even in the cooler months, temporarily joining a local pool can be worth the investment. If this is the only exercise you do during pregnancy, you’re onto a good thing!”
Middleton added that keeping active has been an important part of staying healthy during pregnancy. Even though she's had to adjust her workout routine a bit with her baby bump, keeping fit has helped her body cope with all the changes.
“I’ve noticed my body change, but through exercise I feel it’s being strengthened,” she said. “I’m fanatical about sport and have looked at loads of books and websites on exercise during pregnancy, but have been disappointed by the limited technical information what you can and can’t do.”