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Is Snorkeling A Safe Activity For Pregnancy?

There are a lot of dos and don’ts to consider when you get pregnant.  It can be quite overwhelming to consider all of the advice and dos and don’ts when it is your first pregnancy, especially since so much information tends to be controversial.  A good example is the things you can and cannot eat.  Many believe that it is perfectly safe to eat eggs while you are pregnant, some say that only well-done eggs are safe and others believe that eggs should be avoided entirely to prevent infections.  Another good example of this big controversy is when it comes to sleeping positions.  Some say that it is fine to sleep on your tummy during the first two trimers, others believe you should be on your tummy the moment you start to show.

Is Snorkeling A Safe Activity For Pregnancy?
Is Snorkeling A Safe Activity For Pregnancy?

One of those big decisions you will probably make if you plan on enjoying a trip to the beach is whether or not snorkeling is safe during pregnancy.

Yes, you can snorkel – but…

Scuba-diving is a big no when you are pregnant.  The underwater pressure and stress just aren’t good for your condition.  Snorkeling is generally a much safer alternative but you still need to take a few precautions before you make the final decision.  Here are the top things that can make a difference in your health when you are trying scuba diving; 

Fitness level – Your present fitness levels should be pretty good in order for you to snorkel safely during pregnancy.  Snorkeling is a cardio workout that can tire you out pretty quickly.  If you are extremely fit then you can snorkel safely.  If you are not that fit then this hobby is probably best to put off until your next holiday. 

Swimming capabilities – Are you a good swimmer?  One of the biggest causes for drowning during snorkeling is when people get too tired to stay afloat.  If you are a good swimmer then you should be pretty safe. 

Keep oxygen levels high – You should never run out of breath as you snorkel.  This means no deep diving and no holding your breath for too long.  If you stick to the surface of the water then you should be pretty safe.

Temperature – Chilly temperatures can be bad for your health but if you snorkel in warmer tropical locations you should be fine.

Water activities are great for pregnancy

Most medical experts that researched water activities and pregnancy found that these activities are great for your health.  The cardio is good for blood circulation and for good heart health.

You are much safer when booking with a professional

The only way to be truly safe when you are out there snorkeling during pregnancy is by using a professional snorkeling tour.  Cozumel snorkeling tours from Playa Del Carmen are amazing if you have your heart set on snorkeling.  These tour charters keep their groups small so there will be enough time and attention for everyone.  They also take a lot of extra precautions to ensure the safety of their clients and they take you out to the best reefs with a boat so you will be as safe as possible from fatigue and drowning.

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