Clinical Updates in Women's Health CareAquatic Exercise and Thermoregulation in PregnancySOULTANAKIS, HELEN N. PhDAuthor Information Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Attiki, Athens, Greece The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose. Correspondence: Helen N. Soultanakis, PhD, Ethnikis Andistaseos 41, Dafni, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Attiki, Athens, Greece, 17237. E-mail: [email protected] Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: September 2016 - Volume 59 - Issue 3 - p 576-590 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000209 Buy Metrics Abstract Aquatic exercise, in a general sense, is any type of movement performed in the water for the purpose of improving health and fitness. Water, with its properties, provides buoyancy to lighten the “load” of pregnancy, hydrostatic pressure to alleviate pregnancy-induced edema, and many other benefits. Sports in extreme temperatures may involve some risks. The fact that a person’s conductivity increases about 25 times in water comes with a great loss, which is the depression of the evaporative mechanism. Altered thermal control mechanisms in water, both in the gravid and the nongravid state, will be addressed in this review. convenience. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.