To ensure that your health and the health of your baby are prioritized during your pregnancy, it’s important to avoid doing certain types of exercise during this time. Some exercises may be completely off-limits, while others may be acceptable in moderation as long as you have medical clearance first. Here are seven types of exercise to avoid when pregnant
1) Stomach crunches
Stomach crunches should be avoided during pregnancy as they can put too much strain on the abdominal muscles. Additionally, this exercise can cause the rectus abdominis muscle to separate, which can lead to back pain and diastasis recti.
Running is a high-impact exercise that can be dangerous for pregnant women. The jarring motion can put unnecessary stress on the joints and muscles, which can lead to injury. Additionally, running in hot weather can cause dehydration and overheating, both of which can be harmful to pregnant women and their babies. If you’re pregnant and want to stay active, consider walking, swimming, or doing low-impact aerobics instead.
Squats are a great way to tone your legs and butt, but they’re not so great for pregnant women. When you squat, you put a lot of pressure on your pelvis and lower back, which can be dangerous for both you and your baby. Plus, as your pregnancy progresses, your balance will start to shift, making it even more difficult (and dangerous) to squat without support.
4) Swimming laps
Swimming laps is a great way to get your heart rate up and get a good workout without putting too much stress on your body. However, when you’re pregnant, it’s important to avoid any exercises that could put you at risk for falling or getting hit in the stomach. Stick to swimming in shallow water where you can touch the bottom and be aware of your surroundings.
5) Free weights
Lifting free weights is generally safe during pregnancy, but as your belly grows, you might have to modify your grip and stance to avoid putting too much strain on your back. If you’re new to lifting weights, it’s best to avoid it during pregnancy. Stick with bodyweight exercises or use machines instead.
6) Jumping jacks
Jumping jacks are a great way to get your heart rate up, but they’re not so great for pregnant women. The impact on the joints can be jarring, and the risk of falling is increased. It’s best to avoid this exercise when pregnant.
High-impact aerobics (five sentences): High-impact aerobics are another no-no for pregnant women. The jarring movements can be hard on the joints and increase the risk of falling.
7) Lying on your back with legs above head
Lying on your back with legs above head can cause your blood pressure to drop and can lead to dizziness. It also puts pressure on your vena cava, which is the large vein that carries blood from your lower body to your heart. This can cause reduced blood flow to your baby and make you feel nauseous. If you want to lie on your back while pregnant, put a pillow under your right hip to elevate your leg and take the pressure off of your vena cava.