Can You Snorkel While Pregnant?
Can you snorkel while pregnant? The answer to this question is yes you can! It can be a great way to exercise during the first two trimesters – a bit riskier in the third as energy and dexterity levels lessen.
Relaxing on the surface of the water and watching the fish can be extremely stress-relieving. As long as you check with your doctor and take note of possible dangers, you’ll be good to go.
Things to Weigh Up
Consider these snorkelling while pregnant tips:
- A history of premature labour, anaemia, and high blood pressure will all affect your ability to fly and snorkel safely
- Be careful not to overheat as birth defects can happen when elevated temperatures are prolonged – take regular breaks and stay hydrated
- Pay attention to warnings given to snorkelers such as avoiding the sharp spines of sea urchins and keeping an eye out for jellyfish
- Make sure you get in and out of the water carefully to escape nasty cuts from the reef outcrops that can lead to infection
- Cover your stomach with a swimming costume to prevent unpleasant feelings from contact with sea creatures
- Research the currents in the spot you’ve chosen to snorkel as the water can look calm then suddenly experience high breaks
- If you’re not snorkelling in a protected area use a dive flag to enable other boaters to see you clearly as you float
- Never go snorkelling by yourself – have a buddy system so there’s always somebody right there
Snorkelling isn’t normally classed as vigorous exercise but you need to bear in mind your level of fitness, whether you’ll be wearing an inflatable vest and fins, and your location. Water aerobics are safe during pregnancy even if you’re not accustomed to too much exercise.
Even when the cool water cools your skin you can easily underestimate your body temperature whilst you’re swimming. Make sure you sip water frequently to help regulate your body temperature and prevent overheating. A body temperature of 38.9 degrees Celsius for more than 10 minutes can lead to neural tube defects and miscarriage in the first trimester, and dehydration later on.
Don’t overexert yourself particularly during the first and third trimester when exhaustion is at its greatest. You won’t be able to take a break when you’re in the middle of the ocean! Remember to stay close to the shore and come out of the water if you experience any signs of discomfort.
Potential Diving Risks
Diving while pregnant needs to be resisted if possible as there are a few predictable risks. Air breathed underwater – pressurised oxygen – is addressed by controlling the pressure of the mix and changes in these levels can cause negative effects on the baby. Therefore, it’s really important that you stay on the surface.
Holding your breath is really not a good idea as your baby needs a constant supply of oxygen and compelling evidence shows that breath-holding even during any exercise whilst pregnant isn’t advisable.
Decompression illness caused by coming to the surface too quickly can cause nitrogen bubbles to expand causing the baby distress if these bubbles can’t be diffused. Repeated decompressions can lead to the death of the baby.
If you insist on diving during pregnancy a depth of 60ft maximum should be adhered to with half of that being recommended by Navy dive table times. But the reality is that definitive conclusions can’t be made about the effects that diving has on the foetus.
Crystal Clear Water and You
You don’t have to worry about pregnant snorkelling in Playa del Carmen with Koox as your safety is always paramount! Skilled dive masters will guide you through the wonders of an underwater world – and teach you how to be environmentally cautious. You’ll experience the beauty of Caribbean beaches with the mysteries of unique cenotes. And you’ll be able to capture it all on camera to show your baby later on in life.