3rd Trimester

public swimming pool ok this late in pregnancy?

thinking about going swimming today at a public swimming pool.  i'm 37 weeks and 2 cent dilated.  does anyone know if this would be harmful? i'm also looking around online.

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Re: public swimming pool ok this late in pregnancy?

  • Why would it be harmful? Are you worried about bacteria getting in "down there?" I wouldn't think that would be much of a concern considering the chemicals they use to treat the pool.  I'm sure there is a chance but it's probably very slim.  I am 38 weeks, and having my c/s on Tues. and I'm seriously thinking about going to our public pool today.  It's HOT! 

     

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  • That's a good question since you are dilated, I never thought about that. I know you aren't supposed to for 6ish weeks after you ave a babe for a similar reason...

    dr googles general consensus seems to be your golden unless you are bleeding or your water has broken :) 

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  • My guess would be probably not since you are dilated but you could always call the OB and ask.  I know once I started dilating with DS2 they said not to take tub baths so I'd assume it would be kinda the same thing?

     


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  • I asked my OB that at 36 weeks and 2cm and was told its fine.
  • I've heard conflicting things about this, so I would double check with my OB if I were you. 
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  • I was told I can live in a pool until I'm in active labor but to stay away from lakes and natural water bc of parasites and things like that.  You should be okay but it can't hurt to call ask ask to make sure!

     

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  • If your water hasn't broken yet, there's no risk for infection. Swim to your heart's content.
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  • You're supposed to stay out post partum because the site where your placenta attached is a wound and you could get an infection. Same as not going in the pool if you have a gash in your leg or something.

    If your membranes are intact (water not broken), you should be fine. 

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  • I'm on team "if your water isn't broken, of course you can go swimming".

    I won't even know how dilated I am at 37 weeks because I'm not checking. If I'm not having the baby, I'll continue to swim. 

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    I'm on team "if your water isn't broken, of course you can go swimming".

    I won't even know how dilated I am at 37 weeks because I'm not checking. If I'm not having the baby, I'll continue to swim. 

    100% agree!

  • Yes, just not once your water has broken
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  • I would think its fine, but run it by your OB before you do it since you are dialated. 


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  • Funny you ask this! I told my MIL I was going to the pool to relieve some back pain and she said "Don't do it!  I've heard this late, the pressure from the water makes the baby go back up!" (as in, if he dropped, he'd be sucked back up there high) I had to laugh! 
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    That's a good question since you are dilated, I never thought about that. I know you aren't supposed to for 6ish weeks after you ave a babe for a similar reason...

    Oh man, I didn't even think about this!  That makes sense that you wouldn't be able to swim with the bleeding/healing etc.. .what a bummer 

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    Check with your doctor, but I asked mine today and he said pools are fine even if you are dilated.  He said to avoid lake water though if you are dilated, but lakes are fine if your cervix are closed! Every doctor might have a different opinion though.
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