Hazardous Activities to Avoid During Pregnancy
Most women can enjoy an active lifestyle throughout their pregnancy. And with today's current demands, it can seem nearly impossible to find time to rest. Though there are many activities that are still safe to engage in, there are some activities that should definitely be avoided to help keep you and your baby as healthy as possible!
Types of Exercise to Avoid
Bicycling – Experienced riders can continue to ride safely into their second trimester, but be careful, your center of gravity is shifting and this can make bike riding dangerous. Taking a tumble is certainly something you want to avoid.
Some activities should definitely be avoided to help keep you and your baby as healthy as possible!
If you have never biked, now isn't the best time to learn. Save it until after your baby is born, it's a great way to shed any extra weight you've gained.
Running. Again, if this is an activity that you did not participate in prior to pregnancy, now is probably not the best time to start. If you are a runner, running will be fine in moderation, but no marathons! Listen to your body, drink plenty of water, and walk to cool down if you feel you are becoming overheated.
Contact Sports. Participating in games of basketball, field hockey, soccer, and any other contact sport can increase the chance of injury from a fall, contact with another player, or the ball/puck.
Skiing and Snowboarding. Women who ski and snowboard during pregnancy are at risk of injury from falls. Also, your changing center of gravity will wreak havoc on your balance on the slopes.
Horseback Riding. Even experienced riders will probably not want to take the risk of falling while they are pregnant.
Scuba Diving. One risk of scuba diving is that bubbles can form in your blood stream as you surface. This can be not only dangerous to you (whether you are pregnant or not), but it is very dangerous for your baby.