Are Pools Safe for Pregnant Women?


One cannot be too careful while pregnant.  Women try to eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, and be careful about the products they use so as not to adversely affect their child in utero.  Many women, while told that swimming is a great exercise during pregnancy, are afraid to get into swimming pools because of health concerns.  This post from AQUA Magazine helps dispell the rumor that swimming pools are harmful to pregnant women, as long as the water is properly maintained.

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How to Introduce a Baby to Swimming
Getting your tot used to the water and teaching baby to swim can be fun for both of you!

From Parents

For parents of a newborn, there are so many new expereinces and new things to be conscious of when you are now responsible for the protection and livlihood of your newborn.  What to feed them, how to care for them if they are sick, sleep patterns, and so many other things that are typically new to the young parent.  For parents that either have access to or have their own Swimming Pool, the question always arises as to when they can introduce their newborn to the pool.  This post from Parents gives you a great step-by-step guide along with tips and tricks to accomplish that wonderful milestone safely and effectively.

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What Is Concrete?

from Gizmodo

Concrete is literally ubiquitous.  According to this post from Gizmodo, concrete is the most popular artificial material on Earth.  Two things that we know about concrete for certain:  Concrete will get hard and concrete will crack.  Beyond that, what is there to know?  For example, what makes concrete the ideal swimming pool structural material?  This post answers all of the possible questions about concrete, gives its origins, the chemistry behind its curing, and talks about the history and future of this versatile material.

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A Remedy For Swimmers Ear

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5 Home Remedies for Swimmer's Ear

From How Stuff Works

Anyone that has spent any time around a swimming pool knows the irritating situation in which one finds themselves when water enters and stays in one's ear.  For most, this is a temporary annoyance followed by the joyful happenstance of the water finally exiting the ear and provoking the "hurrah!" response from the afflicted party.  For others, the water can turn into a dangerous infection known as Swimmer's ear.  According to this post from How Stuff Works, Swimmer's ear is caused by either a fungus or bacteria that grows in the outer ear canal due to the water that was present there.  The post goes on to provide 5 home remedies for curing swimmer's ear, which will definitely come in handy to those that spend alot of time in and around water.

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The water, the sun, plenty of swimming and splashing around -- to many people, these are the ingredients for a perfect summer day spent by the pool or at the beach. Add a painful ear infection to the picture, however, and the scenario quickly slides downhill. That's what can happen to you if swimmer's ear strikes, unless you know what home remedies can prevent it.

Swimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear canal caused sometimes by fungus but most commonly by bacteria. The frequent, prolonged exposure to water that occurs when someone swims regularly can wash away the oily, waxy substance that normally lines and protects the ear canal. In addition, even after the swimmer leaves the pool or pond, water can remain in the ear canal, creating a warm, moist environment that's perfect for breeding bacteria.

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Let's face it:  Everyone loves to play games while in the swimming pool.  Why do you think kids invented the game called Marco Polo?  Utilizing zero props, requiring only a swimming pool and unbridled enthusiasm, Marco Polo illustrates perfectly the human desire to play games while swimming.  This post from Swimming provides an exhaustive compendium of swimming pool games, along with a link to get an explanation of how to play.  Use the guide for some great ideas around the swimming pool this summer!

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