When you’re pregnant, exercise can be a beautiful thing. It can help you sleep better, boost your energy and mood, combat back pain, and maintain a healthy weight. It may even help you with labor and delivery.
But with a pregnant belly, certain activities may not be safe for you or the baby. Your body will have different limitations, and certain things are downright dangerous. Here are things you need to avoid while you’re pregnant until your physician says it’s safe:
- Too much heat: Bikram yoga or any exercise in high heat and humidity is not advised when you’re pregnant. An elevated body temperature could be harmful to your baby. Take advantage of an air-conditioned house or gym when the temperature rises, drink lots of water, and do not use hot tubs or saunas.
- Contact sports: Even if you’re a lifelong soccer player, it’s best to forego your favorite contact sport until after delivery. Any bump or impact to your belly could harm your baby or cause premature labor.
- High-impact activities: Hard-core aerobics, lots of jumping, or other jarring activities can lead to injuries for soon-to-be moms. The joints naturally relax during pregnancy, so these kinds of activities make you more likely to get hurt.
- Lying on your back: In the first trimester, this may not be an issue. But as the belly grows, the weight of the uterus presses on veins and arteries when you lie down, which can lead to decreased blood flow to the baby. You shouldn’t be doing crunches during pregnancy that require you to lie on your back, but other abdominal strengthening moves can be done instead.
- Activities and sports that could lead to falls: Unfortunately, many popular activities are included in this category. Your center of gravity changes during pregnancy and your joints relax, making even the most skilled athlete more likely to fall. Rollerblading, biking, skiing, gymnastics, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and surfing are not advised for pregnant women. Falls are dangerous for you and baby, so stick to on-the-ground exercise.
Be sure to talk with your obstetrician about your exercise routine and any activities you plan to do. Prenatal yoga, walking, swimming, and even prenatal aerobics are excellent choices to help you feel your best. Most pregnant women can exercise safely and find ways to enjoy many lower-impact activities until after the baby is born. Taking these extra precautions is a great way to ensure you and your baby are healthy and safe.
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