Please read the information below and discuss any concerns that you may have with either your Doctor or myself. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor that they consider that you and your baby are safe to attend the Ante natal Pool class. If either you or your doctor feels for any reason that either you or your baby maybe at risk if you attend, please do not attend the class. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions of concerns about joining the class.
GENERAL POOL CLASS INFORMATION
The water temperature in the pool is a maximum of 35⁰C. The maximum time spent in the pool is 30 minutes and no cardiovascular exercises will be done in the water to minimise any increase in core temperature.
The following is an advisory issued through the PWTAG website (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) regarding the issue of pregnant women using heated pools or equipment. PWTAG would be considered the gold standard and any recommendations they make would be treated as best practice in the industry.
The information below is also available on the NHS website
There is little research on using saunas, Jacuzzis and similar heated leisure facilities during pregnancy. However, it’s advisable to avoid them because of the risks of overheating, dehydration and fainting. During pregnancy you’re likely to feel warmer than normal. This is due to hormonal changes and an increase in blood supply to the skin. These hormonal changes can also often make pregnant women feel faint.
Overheating: When you use a sauna, Jacuzzi, hot tub, steam bath or steam room, your body cannot lose heat effectively by sweating. Your body’s core temperature therefore rises. It’s possible that a significant rise in your core temperature may affect your unborn baby’s development, particularly in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, you may feel hotter and sweat more anyway, due to hormonal changes and increased blood supply to your skin. Because of this, you may want to avoid activities that make you hotter. If you overheat, more blood flows close to your skin to help cool your body by sweating. This means less blood flows to your internal organs, such as your Brain. If this happens, your brain may not get enough blood and, therefore, oxygen, which can make you feel faint.
When you’re pregnant, the hormonal changes in your body can make you feel faint more often. Because of this, you may want to avoid situations where you could get too hot, such as sitting in a Jacuzzi or steam room. Take care when you get out of a hot bath or stand up quickly, as these can also make you feel faint.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that if you’re exercising in water – for example, at an antenatal class – the temperature of the water should not be above 32°C (89.6°F). If you are using a hydrotherapy pool (a special warm shallow pool), the temperature should not be above 35°C (95°F). Some hot tubs can be as hot as 40°C (104°F), so it is best to avoid them. Last reviewed: 05/05/16. Next review: 12/18 still awaiting update 06/19
REASONS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND THE POOL CLASS:
- Any cardiac (heart) or respiratory (breathing difficulties now or in the past.
- Any Kidney or liver problems
- Incontinence (bladder or bowel)
- Contagious diseases
- Skin sensitivity to chlorine
- Contagious skin conditions
- Uncontrolled vertigo or epilepsy