a pregnant woman submerged in the ocean. We want to know if you can snorkel while pregnant
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Being pregnant can be a wonderful thing; you are creating life, your skin takes on that radiant glow, yadda yadda. But being pregnant also means you miss out on some fun things such as, eating cheese and sushi, drinking wine, and activities such as scuba diving. But what about snorkeling? Can you snorkel while pregnant and are there any risks involved?

How does a snorkel work?

Can you Snorkel while Pregnant

Yes, you can snorkel while pregnant as this activity does not require breathing any compressed gases. In fact, snorkeling is a great way to relax and keep fit during your pregnancy without over-exerting your body.

Snorkeling only requires a mask and a snorkel to breathe in the air on the surface. And that air is safe for pregnant women to breathe.

It is advised, however, to avoid scuba diving while pregnant due to limited research into breathing compressed gases and the effects it may have on a fetus.

Read about the differences between snorkeling and scuba diving.

Tips for Snorkeling while Pregnant

Don’t Over-Exert Yourself

Always snorkel in a safe zone with no strong currents. You will want to avoid over-exerting yourself or using too much energy.

Snorkel with a Buddy

You should always snorkel with a buddy or a friend. If your buddy is diving while you are snorkeling, then make sure that you stay close to the shore or the boat. Ensure that there is a guide in the water or on the boat to keep an eye on you.

Always Tell Someone

If you are snorkeling alone (we do not recommend this even if you are a confident snorkeler) then always tell someone else where you are going to snorkel. Weather conditions can change dramatically and you do not want to get caught at sea in bad weather.

Protect your Skin

Wear a rashguard to protect your belly and your skin. UV rays are extremely strong and it’s been found that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy. You skin will be more prone to UV damage and sunburn, which can increase the risk of skin cancer.

Find out what women wear under a rashguard, and how it can protect your skin while snorkeling.

Research your Sunscreen

Be aware of the ingredients in the sunscreen that you are using. Protecting your skin is important but some sunscreens can have harmful chemicals in them that can be absorbed into the skin and your bloodstream. Talk to a dermatologist about your skincare if you are concerned about this.

Read More: Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens for You and the Ocean!

Hydrate Often

Make sure you are hydrating with water and electrolytes often. Dehydration is a common risk for all snorkelers who are in the hot sun as you are not aware that you are sweating while in the water. It is especially risky for pregnant women as severe dehydration can lead to low levels of amniotic fluid, which could influence your baby’s development.

Happy snorkeling and congratulations!

In conclusion, snorkeling is safe for pregnant women. However, be aware of your growing limitations as your pregnancy progresses and always err on the side of caution. You don’t need to miss out on the wonderful experiences of the underwater world while pregnant if you consider the tips above!