5 Activities To Avoid While Pregnant

From hot tubs to roller coasters, five activities you should take a pass on during pregnancy

Physical activity during pregnancy can be great for baby and Mommy, but here are a few key points to keep in mind to ensure your baby’s safety – and yours!


1. Skip the Saunas and Hot Tubs

As relaxing as they may be, hot tubs, saunas, and even steamy showers are off limits all throughout pregnancy. If a pregnant woman’s body temperature increases to 38.9 degrees celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher, it can cause birth defects, especially during the first trimester. To keep your body temperature cool, it’s recommended to avoid these activities. It may be a good idea to avoid sitting in the sun all day, too.


2. Replace Running with Brisk Walking

Running might be part of your pre-pregnancy routine (good for you!) but if you’ve just taken a positive pregnancy test; you may have to find a new activity. Be sure to check with your doctor before engaging in any sort of physical activity, but generally, brisk walking is a safe alternative to running for normal pregnancies. It’s a great way to keep fit without putting too much pressure on the abdomen


3. Avoid Roller Coasters

A trip to your local amusement park may have been a fun activity for you pre-pregnancy, but it’s recommended to avoid this when you’re expecting. The jarring starting and stopping of a rollercoaster can put pressure on the uterus. Too much pressure can lead to a separation of the placenta from the uterus, known as placental abruption. As your baby’s lifeline, it is vitally important for the placenta to remain in tact to continue nourishing your growing baby.


4. Switch to Pre-Natal Yoga or Pilates

If you do yoga or Pilates regularly, you will have to let your instructor know you’re pregnant as soon as you find out. While exercise is beneficial to both you and your growing baby, it is important to make sure you’re only doing activities that will not put pressure on the uterus. Pre-natal yoga and Pilates courses are designed for pregnant women so they’re perfectly safe and may even make the birthing process easier for you. Plus, some activity during pregnancy will help you reach your pre-pregnancy shape quicker post baby.


5. Avoid Anything Strenuous

Before engaging in any kind of activity, you must get clearance from your doctor. Every pregnancy and every woman is different.  Depending on your pre-pregnancy state of health and the type of pregnancy you are having, there may be some activities that are better for you than others. As a general rule of thumb, remember not to stress your body. Don’t attempt to work out harder than you did pre-pregnancy and avoid any activities that have you panting for air. To be on the safe side when it comes to your precious cargo, ask your doctor for his or her advice first.

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