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What exercises should be avoided while pregnant?

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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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The March of Dimes.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

SOURCE: 

The March of Dimes.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

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