What exercises should be avoided while pregnant?
There are certain exercises and activities that can be harmful if you do them during pregnancy. Avoid:
- Holding your breath during any activity
- Activities where falling is likely (such as skiing and horseback riding)
- Contact sports such as softball, football, basketball and volleyball
- Any exercise that may cause even mild abdominal trauma, including activities that include jarring motions or rapid changes in direction
- Activities that require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, or bouncing
- Deep knee bends, full sit-ups, double leg raises and straight-leg toe touches
- Bouncing while stretching
- Exercises that require lying on your back or right side for more than three minutes (especially after your third month of pregnancy)
- Heavy exercise spurts followed by long periods of no activity
- Exercise in hot, humid weather
- Scuba diving
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