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Janet Evans Swam Through Pregnancy

I've always been a Janet Evans fan and can still remember the tears in my eyes when she won that gold medal in Barcelona. Olympic swimmer or not, Evans still needed to find a way to keep fit while pregnant and she turned to the best form of exercise that she knew - swimming.

She recently talked with People about how swimming during and after pregnancy helped keep the baby weight off.

Here are highlights:

When it came to exercising while she was pregnant with daughter Sydney, four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans did what came naturally: She got in the swimming pool.

"I swam throughout my pregnancy and basically 10 days after she was born," Evans, 36, told PEOPLE at the 22nd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner in New York City last week. "Swimming throughout the pregnancy really kept me fit and made it easier. And my OB said it was the best thing that I could do."

I love hearing about how everyone needs to do a little something to stay fit while pregnant. I think the real key is finding what works for you and sticking with it. If you think that swimming will be the right fit for you, then check out this swimming routine I created.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I haven't been swimming in ages. :( Sooo sad. I just love being in the water and keeping fit that way. Since I've been out I gained so much weight. I was told by my instructor a year ago that water aerobics is great for pregnant women because its easy on the joints, or with anyone with joint problems. I love it because it's easy on my knees. It's not just for seniors, I'm 23 and I miss doing it. In the classes I took there were like 4 pregnant ladies and each enjoyed the routines.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I haven't been swimming in ages. :( Sooo sad. I just love being in the water and keeping fit that way. Since I've been out I gained so much weight.I was told by my instructor a year ago that water aerobics is great for pregnant women because its easy on the joints, or with anyone with joint problems. I love it because it's easy on my knees. It's not just for seniors, I'm 23 and I miss doing it. In the classes I took there were like 4 pregnant ladies and each enjoyed the routines.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I just went swimming this morning! I'm a great believer in doing it, and it's wonderful to hear that it can be great through all stages of pregnancy. Go Janet Evans!
wiggle wiggle 8 years
Running in water was the best for me when I was pregnant! I got so swollen and the cold water felt so good. Backtroke hurt my big pregnant belly though.
geohiker geohiker 8 years
Thanks for the swimming routine! I love to swim, and as it gets cold will be transitioning back to it as my winter indoor sport!
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