10 Activities You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

10.06.2020 07:48

When pregnant, consider the changes your body is going through before indulging in any activity. Prenatal exercise offers loads of health benefits. However, here is a list of activities to avoid during pregnancy.

  1. Weight Training:

 First up, avoid weight training of any sort. Heavyweight training can cause injury to the stomach, and anyone with a history of miscarriage or even others should skip heavy weight training during pregnancy.


Avoid weight training of any sort - google image

  1. Stretching: 

Avoid stretching positions in yoga as it can put a strain on the abdomen and by extension, the foetus. The best alternative is to join prenatal yoga classes which are specifically designed for pregnant women.

  1. Lying On The Belly: 

Avoid exercises that make you lie on your stomach as it can cause injury to your baby. It is a very uncomfortable posture during pregnancy and must be avoided.

  1. Hot Yoga Or Exercise In Super Hot Weather: 

Any exercise or environment that raises your body temperature more than 1.5 degrees F should be avoided, since it causes blood to be shunted away from your uterus and to your skin as your body attempts to cool off. That means staying out of saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs, too.

  1. Roller Coaster Rides: 

Any rides in an amusement park are a complete no. The vertical and circular motion of the rides will make you nauseated. Also, the forceful take-off and landing of the rides may harm the baby as it can lead to premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall.


Any rides in an amusement park are a complete no - google image 

  1. Running: 

Avoid running and jogging if you are not regular at it. Researchers say that women who have been running for many years can continue running during pregnancy too. But one of the activities to avoid during pregnancy first trimester is running as you will be experiencing fatigue and dizziness during pregnancy. Any overexertion may lead you to collapse and harm to the foetus suddenly. If you have never run before, try walking at a moderate pace as it helps strengthen the pelvic muscles.

  1. Cycling: 

Once your belly grows bigger, sitting on a cycle will become very difficult. The growing belly may also make it difficult to balance on the cycle. Falling of a cycle during pregnancy can be very dangerous and must be avoided.


Falling of a cycle during pregnancy can be very dangerous - google image

  1. High Impact Aerobics: 

Especially if you have had a miscarriage in the past, then high impact aerobics that involves a lot of jumping, hopping, and skipping must be avoided entirely. Even otherwise, jumping and skipping during pregnancy may make you lose your balance, which can prove harmful to you and your baby. If you are used to aerobics, then you may continue with light aerobic exercises after consulting your doctor.

  1. Contact Sports: 

These can prove to be very dangerous during pregnancy as your pelvic joints become loose in preparation for childbirth, and loose ligaments and muscles are usually more prone to injury. Avoid contact sports activities like skiing, volleyball, and horse riding.

  1. Rigorous Workouts:

 Even if you want to indulge in exercise, do it at home or hit a gym somewhere close by. Your workout should be light and under the air conditioner. Your heartbeat should not go beyond 140 beats per minute, and your temperature should stay below 102 degrees.


Your workout should be light and under the air conditioner - google image 

Source: Firstcry Parenting, Whattoexpect



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