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The time has flown as Pippa Middleton has entered her third trimester.


It felt like yesterday that she announced she was expecting in her weekly column with Waitrose Kitchen.


As her pregnancy draws to an end, the mum-to-be has shared a tip for keeping cool in the summer weather.


It also boosts benefits of keeping you fit and healthy during this exciting time.



Swimming is the key to the 34-year-old's regime at the later stages of her pregnancy.


Explaining in the column, Pippa said:


"As the summer weather contributes to feelings of bloating and swelling, swimming will keep your body cooler while exercising, something that is a relief in pregnancy, preventing swelling in the arms and legs.” 


“But even in the cooler months, temporarily joining a local pool can be worth the investment. If this is the only exercise you do during pregnancy, you’re onto a good thing!” 



The reason why Pippa is swimming along with the exercise is being able to take it at her own pace with little adjustments to keep her growing baby safe.


"I’d confidently say I find it has been the most enjoyable and rewarding form of exercise since I found out I was expecting,” she wrote.


“It’s comforting to know that it’s safe throughout pregnancy, and you don’t need to adapt and change too much (unlike most other sports). It’s so good for you that you could swim every day – as long as you don’t overexert yourself – right up until the end of the third trimester.”



We are all too aware of our growing bumps towards the end of your pregnancy, but Pippa recommends the sport because it “offers a wonderful feeling of weightlessness.” 


The expectant mum has been keen to maintain her love of fitness throughout the nine months and share some fantastic health benefits to taking up swimming during the period of time.


“As with other forms of exercise it boosts oxygen levels and strengthens the heart, enabling you to get more nutrients to your unborn child to help them grow,” she said.


“It’s also one of the most therapeutic ways to work out, particularly when you become less mobile, and it helps prevent your shoulders rounding forwards – a common symptom as your belly expands. It can also offset the tendency for your pelvis to be out of alignment.”



She has sold us; we are off to sign up to swim.


If you're making any lifestyle or exercise changes during your pregnancy, please talk to your doctor first.



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