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Activities to Avoid During Pregnancy


Right around the time she got pregnant, Sandra loved the great outdoors. She loved to snow ski, water ski, bike, run… you name it, she loved it. When Sandra became pregnant, she wondered if she should still ski that black diamond or bike down that mountain trail.

Being a mom takes a lot of compromise and tradeoffs. Welcome to motherhood! Here’s your first test. While you’re not exactly in a fragile state, any sport or activity that can lead to your falling down is a no-no. That includes skiing, biking, team sports, and even certain types of aerobics.

Other activities you should avoid include certain lying down positions. Several types of exercises, namely yoga and Pilates, sometimes requires you to lie on your back or stomach. Lying on your back or stomach is not advised for any pregnant woman beginning with their fourth month through delivery. To ensure good health, try taking a prenatal yoga class or purchase a prenatal yoga video or DVD. Theses classes should be sensitive to the restrictions of pregnancy.

Activities to avoid include:

  • Contact sports and most competitive sports
  • Any activity that can result in falling, such as skiing
  • Lying on your back or stomach after the beginning of the fourth month
  • Inhaling fumes – get your husband or partner to paint the nursery
  • Lifting heavy objects or heavy weight lifting
  • Intense cardiovascular activity – your heartbeat should remain under 140 beats per minute
  • Scuba diving or any activity that involves pressurized air
  • Water slides and amusement park rides
  • Jacuzzis and hot tubs

This may seem like a lot to give up, but remember, it’s only for nine months and the reward will last a lifetime.

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