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    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

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