The swimming guide: When can I go swimming?

Basically, swimming is one of the healthiest sports. No wonder that many women regularly reach for their bikini to jump into the cool water, be it for relaxation, for figure training or as gentle sports therapy. However, there are special circumstances when women are unsure whether swimming is an option.

Typical situations are:

● Swimming with a period

• Swimming with baby / during pregnancy

• Visit to swimming pool & corona

● Swim if you have a cold (flu, bronchitis, etc.)

● Fresh wounds on the body (tattoos, pierced ears, etc.) Do you also know such situations? Then read our swimming guide.

Swimming despite your period

Going for a swim during menstruation is generally not a problem. However, you should use tampons or menstrual cups. In the case of tampons, it is advisable to change them after swimming so that no germs become lodged. There are also special tampons for swimming that are waterproof and prevent chlorinated water from entering the abdomen. However, if you are concerned that a blue thread could hang out of your swimsuit in the pool, it is better to use menstrual cups. There are special cups for sports activities and also in different sizes. In addition, they are reusable and therefore more sustainable than normal tampons. Sanitary towels, on the other hand, quickly soak up full of water and then no longer offer any leakage protection. Swimming with sanitary towels on your period is therefore a no-go. If, despite all these measures, you lose a little blood while swimming, there is nothing to worry about. Swimming pools contain chlorine in the water, which protects swimmers from the transmission of diseases. The same applies to other body fluids such as sweat or urine. You are therefore not a danger to yourself or other swimmers if you go swimming with your period.

Swimming & Corona: Is that possible?

Of course, the last question that arises is how things stand with swimming in Corona times. Some argue that more aerosols are exhaled when swimming, but this is an exaggerated concern. As always, however, keep your distance and apply thorough hygiene measures. This also includes wearing a mask in the swimming pool (not when swimming, of course). Then nothing stands in the way of swimming fun! Can the coronavirus be transmitted in the water basin? The specialist in hygiene medicine, Georg-Christian Zinn, sees a very low risk of infection when swimming. Firstly, the amount of viruses and bacteria is immensely diluted by the water and, secondly, the chlorine helps to reduce the risk of infection to a minimum.

Pregnancy and go swimming

The great thing about swimming is that it is suitable for almost everyone. During pregnancy it is even the almost ideal leisure sport. We feel light in water because it supports our weight. This is a real relief during pregnancy. The unborn child also feels this relaxation. The water should just not be too hot (over 37 degrees) or too cold (below 20 degrees). In addition, you should of course not train in the performance area. Normal breast, back or crawl swimming is allowed, yes, even helpful, because it gently trains the muscles, helps against constipation and prevents common complaints such as back pain. Tip: Inquire whether there are offers such as aqua aerobics for pregnant women on site.

In the swimming pool with baby

It has been proven that baby swimming has many beneficial effects on the child. Stepping in the water serves as a small fitness workout. The weightlessness helps the baby to move more easily in the water and to test his motor skills. You can also strengthen your relationship with your child by baby swimming. However, when is it advisable to start swimming with the baby? Swimming with a baby is only recommended after the age of four months due to the chlorine and germs contained in the water. In addition, the chlorine in the swimming pool can irritate the skin, which is why you should shower your baby with clear water afterwards using gentle personal cleansing and care products. Tip: dry baby with a towel as soon as it comes out of the basin. This is how you avoid the risk of catching a cold.

Swimming With a Cold - Is It Advisable?

And if it's just a cold: going swimming if you have a cold is not a good idea. The body is engaged in the defense against pathogens does. There is also a high risk that a mild infection will turn into real flu. When you get out of the water, you are wet first, including your hair. This hypothermia provides a target for pathogens. Tip: Use a swimming cap when going swimming in winter to avoid catching a cold.


Swimming if you have a cystitis

Cystitis is generally uncomfortable and many women suffer from it. But swimming with a bladder infection can make the problem even worse: the lower body cools down more easily, which makes it more difficult for the body to fight pathogens. Cold & wet are generally considered to support the spread of bacteria. In addition, chlorine is used for disinfection in the swimming pool, but can also change the pH environment of the vagina, so that germs and bacteria have an easier time. Therefore, if you have a cold or cystitis it is better to stay at home and avoid the swimming pool for some time.

Fresh tattoos and new ears

Fresh tattoos, new ear holes or new piercings are initially a wound. Wounds should not come into contact with chlorine and salt water, as this slows healing and infections can develop. Wounds can also be prone to brown discoloration because UV radiation promotes hyperpigmentation. Therefore, wait about four to six weeks with fresh tattoos or new ears before you get back into the pool.

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