Activity to avoid during pregnancy

During pregnancy, physical activities must be performed in caution. Why? There are several changes in pregnancy which pose more risks to the well-being of mom and developing fetus.

Here are some activities to avoid during pregnancy:

  • Physical activities that causes rapid change of movement (e.g. skipping, jumping, bouncing, running). Tennis and racquetball is allowed, but need to perform with caution.
  • Contact sport such as wrestling, football, ice-hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball.
  • Sports that have high risk of fall (e.g. downhill and cross country skiing, horseback riding, snowboarding, ice-skating, roller-skating, rock climbing).
  • Any activity which is prone to belly trauma/injury.
  • No sit-ups during pregnancy.
  • Activity at high altitude, which can deprive oxygen supply to the baby.
  • Scuba diving, which can cause decompression sickness.
  • Any physical activities performed in hot and humid weather.
  • Activities that involve lying on the back or stomach, especially after first trimester.
  • Anything that involves heavy chemical, and have risks of fume inhalation (e.g. painting).
  • Lifting heavy objects or heavy-weight lifting.
  • Starting new exercise program, increasing the duration or level of exercise during pregnancy.
  • Exercise should not be performed in hot and humid weather.
  • Water slides and amusement park rides.
  • Using jacuzzi or hot tubs is not an contraindication during pregnancy but if you do, do not stay too long in the jacuzzi or hot tubs. If dizziness occurs, you will need to stop this activity.

Consult your obstetrician prior to starting new activity or if you have any health-related issues!

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