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
    Woman looking at pregnancy test
    calendar and baby buggy
    dark chocolate squares