5 Exercises To Avoid During Pregnancy

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5 exercises to avoid during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body goes through a lot of changes. A tiny human is growing inside you, after all! And with that growth comes extra weight and tension in the body. You'll want to take care of your body. Make sure you're doing everything to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy. 

During this time, you must maintain a healthy, active lifestyle but not put too much pressure on your body. This is why your doctor may recommend avoiding certain exercises during pregnancy. Certain exercises listed below might lead to complications; thus, it is best to avoid them. 

  1. Lifting weights: Lifting weights can increase the risk of a miscarriage and other pregnancy complications since it puts stress on your body, which isn't good for you or your baby.

  2. Lifting weights: Avoid contact sports like boxing, martial arts, and soccer while pregnant. These can cause jarring to your abdomen, which isn't good for you or your baby.

  3. Sports that involve altitude change: Staying at a constant altitude is one of the main guidelines to remember when exercising while pregnant. As your baby grows, increased weight and pressure on your body can make it difficult to adjust to new altitudes. So, avoiding any sports or activities involving altitude change during pregnancy is best. That means you should steer clear of hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

  4. Exercises that require you to lie flat on your abdomen: Avoid exercises that require lying flat on your abdomen, like abdominal crunches, leg lifts, and other core movements.

  5. Fall-prone activities: The risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to activities that require a lot of balance, such as skiing and horseback riding.

Even riding a bike outdoors is dicey when you're not used to balancing a pregnant belly. After week 12 or 14, do your pedaling on a stationary bike. If you ride a bike for transportation, talk with your doctor about keeping yourself and your baby safe.

Since certain exercises are not advisable, it is best to consult your doctor to see what exercises are safe for you to do during your pregnancy.


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