Can I Go Swimming In A Chlorine Swimming Pool While Pregnant?

by Michelle
(Avondale, Arizona)

Is it safe to swim in a swimming pool with chlorine while I'm pregnant?


I'm 20 weeks going on 21 this Saturday and I live in Arizona.

It's really HOT in the summer so I went and bought one of those $500 dollar pools you set up because we are always having family gatherings.

My question is it safe for the baby for me to be swimming in the pool even though it has chlorine and all those other things and pool chemicals to keep it clean?




Thanks for your question Michelle

I believe that millions of pregnant women, over the years, swam each and every day without any harmful side effects of the pool chlorine.

That being said, pool chlorine is used as a sanitizer for swimming pools and is considered a chemical.

By ingesting chlorine directly it can/or will have very bad consequences.

If you keep your swimming pool chlorine at a safe level, 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm, there should be no harmful effects on your baby.

But, a mother's intuition is always right, so, if you feel the least bit uncomfortable in getting in a chlorinated swimming pool, then I would encourage you to stay out.

It's up to you and I know you'll make the right decision.

Robert

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Will My Hair Change Color If I Swim In A Chlorine Swimming Pool..Different

by Jenny
(Miami, FL)

I just dyed my hair (it looks so cute) this week and I really want to go swimming but I don't know what to do.

My friend said not to go swimming because the pool chlorine will bleach out the color.

Will my hair change color or will I get a different hair color if I go swimming?




Thanks for your question Jenny

There is a common myth that pool chlorine might bleach hair.

While it is possible that if you swim in a pool with a very excessive amount of chlorine in it, there might be a hair or skin reaction.

Normal residential chlorine pools that are kept between 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm are safe for swimming.

Commercial pool chlorine level should be between 3.5ppm - 4.5ppm.

The time when hair turns another color after swimming is from blond to green.

This happens because of the high metal content in the water, normally copper and iron, and not from the swimming pool chlorine.

Many times pool owners with well water will have this happen to them.

I hope this clears it up for you

Robert





New Comment: I Wouldn't Swim In A Chlorine Pool
Date: May 22, 2011

Yeah, I just bleached my hair, and I wouldn't suggest swimming in chlorine just to be on the safe side.

If u really want to go swimming, try to keep Ur hair above water:)

Hope this helped!

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Swim In A Chlorine Pool & My Hair & Skin...What Effect??

by Amber
(Kentucky)

Does swimming in a swimming pool(chlorine)and not showering afterward have any effect on my hair and skin?

I really don't want frizzy hair or dried out skin, but I just love swimming.

I try really hard to keep my skin soft, but sometimes the pool chlorine is just too much.

Anything will help...




Thanks for your question Amber

It's always best to shower before and after swimming in any pool.

By showering before you swim can help the pool filter by not clogging it up with oils from your skin and grease from the lotions.

Showering after you swim and using anti-chlorine soap, shampoo, and conditioner, will help your skin and hair look and feel better.

Residential pool chlorine level should be between 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm and commercial pools around 3.5ppm - 4.5ppm, depending on what the state and local laws call for.

If you swim in these pool chlorine conditions and shower right after swimming you shouldn't have any issues with dried out skin or frizzy hair.

You can take it another step and invest in a good swim cap.

Wear this while you swim and it will protect your hair from the pool chlorine and other chemicals that help balance out the pool water chemistry.

Robert

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Can Pool Chlorine Harm My Hair & Darken My Skin..Swimming Pool

by Agualia
(Brazil)

Yesterday I went to swim after almost 1 year.

After I got up...took my shower and found my hair to be rougher than usual.

My hair is usually quite silky but now even conditioner after shampoo is not working.

My hair feels quite rough.

Does the pool chlorine in the water have anything to do with it or is it the heat in my country (about 30 degrees Celsius) that is causing this?

I also heard that this swimming pool chlorine can cause darkening of the skin...is this true?




Thanks for your question Agualia

Swimming pool chlorine, and other chemicals used to balance swimming pools, can affect your hair.

If the pool chlorine level is up too high or the other chemicals are out of balance, your hair might feel a bit rough and your skin might be itchy or red.

Talk to the pool operator and see if the pool chemicals are in balance.

You can go to these links to see what the balance should be:

Swimming Pool Chemistry

Swimming Pool Tips

You can invest in a well fitted swim cap, anti-chlorine soap, shampoo, and conditioner if the issue persists.

Also limit the amount of time you're in the swimming pool if the chemicals are not properly balanced.

Talk to the pool operator, or his supervisor, to see what they can do or what the issues are, if any.

Pool chlorine should be between 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm for residential pools and 3.5ppm - 4.5ppm for commercial swimming pools.

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Should I Always Shower & Wash Hair/Skin After Swimming...Chlorine Pool

by Crystal
(Alabama)

We went swimming last night and there were so many people at my house I was too tired to shower and wash my hair.

What will happen to my skin?

Can we sometimes "get away with" not showering after swimming in a chlorine pool?

What will happen if I don't shower and wash my hair?

I don't want to look terrible.

Please help.




Thanks for your question Crystal

It's always best to shower before and after swimming in any pool.

By showering before you swim can help the pool filter by not clogging it up with oils from your skin and grease from the lotions.

Showering after you swim and using anti-chlorine soap, shampoo, and conditioner, will help your skin and hair look and feel better.

Residential pool chlorine level should be between 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm and commercial pools around 3.5ppm - 4.5ppm, depending on what the state and local laws call for.

If you swim in these pool chlorine conditions and shower right after swimming you shouldn't have any issues with dried out skin or frizzy hair.

If you do skip showering after swimming in a public pool you do run the risk of having dried out skin and frizzy hair.

You can take it another step and invest in a good swim cap.

Wear this while you swim and it will protect your hair from the pool chlorine and other chemicals that help balance out the pool water chemistry.

Robert

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