Contact sports such as football and basketball can cause serious injury because of the physical contact involved. Bumps and collisions may have detrimental effects on your and baby’s development. The trauma could result in preterm labor or abruptio placenta (premature separation of the placenta from the uterus).
“Hot” yoga or “hot” Pilates
Hot yoga and hot Pilates are forms of exercise that reportedly help with weight loss and boost your overall health. While these might be okay to do if you’re not pregnant, these exercises should be avoided during pregnancy.
This is because these exercises increase the body temperature and cause heat exhaustion. In addition, these types of exercises can also pose a risk of dehydration. Both of these things are not good for a pregnant woman. By extension, going to the sauna or hot spas should also be avoided during pregnancy as there is a greater risk of contracting bacteria.
Warning Signs To Terminate Exercise While Pregnant
If you experience any of the following, stop any exercise you’re doing:
- Amniotic fluid leakage
- Decreased fetal movement
- Pain in the calf or swelling
- Muscle weakness
- Preterm labor
- Chest pain
- Dyspnea or difficulty breathing before exertion
- Vaginal bleeding
Exercising during pregnancy is not bad for pregnant mothers, nor their babies. In fact, doctors recommend that pregnant women engage in exercise even during their pregnancy as it helps keep them fit and healthy, and prepares them for childbirth.
Learn more about Being Pregnant here.