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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

  • Any exercise that makes you too winded to hold a conversation
  • Lifting weights to the point of exhaustion

Too Much Heat

  • Hot yoga
  • Exercising in the hot sun

High-Altitude or Below Sea Level

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

Bouncing, Jarring Activities

  • Horseback riding
  • High-impact aerobics

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on July 09, 2014

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