By: Dr. Amber Post
Summer is full of fun activities with family. Staying active during pregnancy is important, but some activities are not recommended for expectant mothers. Every pregnancy is different, consult your Women’s Health Specialists if you have questions about the safety of your next summer activity.
This is a list of discouraged summer activities for pregnant moms. These activities can increase the potential risks of complications such as miscarriage or placental abruption, which is the premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus. Abruption cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients for your growing baby, and can have very serious consequences.
Amusement park rides: Waterslides and rollercoasters can be dangerous because the forceful landings and sudden drops could cause a placental abruption.
Contact sports: Sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer and other contact sports carry a higher risk of injury, both to you and the baby.
Horseback riding: While a low-impact, calm ride on a horse might seem harmless, a fall off of the horse or a vigorous ride could injure you and the baby.
Hot tubs and saunas: During the first trimester hot temperatures can raise your body temperature and cause overheating to your baby which has been linked to birth defects. It is better to avoid extreme heat throughout pregnancy.
Fast boating: Boating at high speeds or tubing behind a boat causes forceful movements that could cause abruption or injury.
Heavy lifting: Straining to lift heavy objects should be avoided.
There are many activities where expectant moms can fully participate in the fun:
Slow boating: A casual cruise around the lake is perfectly safe for pregnant mothers.
Walking: Going for a walk is a great form of exercise for pregnant mothers and is low impact, making it easier on joints and muscles. Staying active can help keep you feeling great throughout pregnancy.
Swimming: Swimming and water workouts are a great way to exercise and enjoy the summer weather. Since water supports your weight, you are less likely to become injured. It can help take some of the pressure off of some of your aches and pains as well.
Yoga and Pilates: If you’re looking for an activity to do outside while your kids are playing, try prenatal Yoga or Pilates. When done outside, you can get some fresh air, spend time with your kids and enjoy some needed relaxation.
For additional do’s and don’ts, please see our healthy pregnancy guide.
If you are curious about a summer activity and want to talk to an expert, call us at (920) 749-4000 today.