- by Dr Jameela Khalid
- 1 Shares
- Jan 13 2018
Activities to avoid during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time where the woman has to extra cautious and ensure that she and her baby remain safe and healthy at all times. Some of the activities you do you will need to stop as they could be risky for you and your little one. Light exercises are alright to keep your body prepared for delivery but some exercises you need to avoid:
- Lifting heavy weights should be avoided by pregnant women especially if she has had a miscarriage in the past because it can cause strain to the back and pelvis. It also increases the risk of prolapse and leakage.
- Yoga is a great practice but during pregnancy, not all positions should be practiced because they involves excess stretching, twisting, belly down postures etc. It is best to join prenatal yoga classes which are both beneficial and safe as they are specifically designed for pregnant women.
- Any exercise that involves lying on your stomach should be avoided as it can cause a lot of discomfort and can even injure the baby which could have serious consequences.
- Hot baths and saunas can cause birth defects and infections. The bath water should be very close to body temperature.
- All those amusement park rides like rollercoasters or anything else that goes in circular or vertical motions in the air are a strict no. They can cause a lot of harm to the baby.
- If you are not a seasoned jogger or runner don’t consider starting during pregnancy and even for regulars, a good walk would be a better option.
- Horseback riding is a strict no as it can be extremely dangerous as there is always a risk of falling and the jumps could be harsh as well.
- Water sports like scuba diving, surfing and skiing should be avoided as there are chances that they can form air bubbles in the blood stream which could put you and you baby at risk.
- Keep at home and gym workouts light. If you feel exhausted you should stop and never push yourself.
Physical activity is good for expecting moms as it reduces complications during labour. But, these activities should be light, safe and not overly-exertive.
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