Skip to content

Health & Pregnancy

Font Size

Quick Reference: Exercises to Avoid During Pregnancy

Avoid the activities on this list until after you give birth.

Contact Sports

  • Kickboxing
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Basketball

Fall-Prone Sports

  • Skiing
  • Riding your bike outside
  • Running on an uneven surface
  • Tennis, squash, or racquetball
  • Horseback riding

Lying on Your Back

  • Crunches or sit-ups (for prolonged periods - more than a minute or two at a time. Being inclined is a better option)
  • Leg raises
  • Certain yoga poses

Overdoing It

Too Much Heat

High-Altitude or Below Sea Level

  • Any exercise 6,000 feet above sea level or higher
  • Deep sea diving

Bouncing, Jarring Activities

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on July 09, 2014

Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

Today on WebMD

hand circling date on calendar
Track your most fertile days.
woman looking at ultrasound
Week-by-week pregnancy guide.
Pretty pregnant woman timing contaction pains
The signs to watch out for.
pregnant woman in hospital
Are there ways to do it naturally?
slideshow fetal development
pregnancy first trimester warning signs
What Causes Bipolar
Woman trying on dress in store
pregnant woman
Close up on eyes of baby breastfeeding
healthtool pregnancy calendar
eddleman prepare your body pregnancy