Can I Go Swimming During Pregnancy?

A new guide, written by ex-Olympian swimmer, Keri-anne Payne and 'The Swimming Midwife', Victoria Barrett, answers your questions!


As you might imagine we are often asked what activities women can or can't do during pregnancy and after they've had their baby. Our 'Find Your Active' resources have helped answer many of them, but during #JumpIntoJune we'd love to share another fantastic resource with you!



The "All You Need to Know About Swimming When Pregnant" has been published by Straight-Line Swimming and you can read it HERE - it's also free to download.


Along with this resource we've scheduled an Instagram Live 'In Conversation' with Keri-Anne to find out about her career and to talk more in-depth about the new guide.


Join us on Instagram at 10am (BST) Thursday 30th June.


About Keri-Anne


Keri-anne is a retired triple Olympian in the 10km open water marathon event. She won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games and follow that up with 2 world championship titles. Since retiring from completive swimming Keri-anne joined forces with the Swimming Teachers Association to create the new Level 2 open water coaching qualification and has since March 2018 qualified over 400 coaches.


Keri-anne is on a mission to empower the world to swim outdoors and is finding experts in all fields to help break myths and bring the joy of the outdoors to more people.


About Victoria Barrett


Vikki is a senior midwife with over 17 years of clinical experience. She has been an avid open water swimmer and an accomplished marathon swimmer since 2016 and, after discovering a lack of evidence based advice surrounding open water swimming in pregnancy, she trained as an STA 2 Open water coach with Keri-Anne Payne at Straight Line Swimming (SLS) with the intention of bringing together her two loves.

She is a passionate advocate for the physical and mental well-being of, not only parents to be, but also care providers within the maternity setting and since qualifying with SLS has run a project to boost morale and well-being amongst her colleagues by hosting an introduction to cold water course for the staff at her local NHS Trust.

Vikki is delighted to have been able to contribute to the Jump into June initiative and the swimming in pregnancy blog and plans to research the benefits of cold water swimming as a treatment for anyone suffering from a traumatic experience associated with pregnancy or the transition to parenthood such as fertility issues, multiple miscarriage, negative childbirth experiences or postnatal depression and PTSD.



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