Before we list down the exercises to avoid during pregnancy, please keep in mind that sometimes, there are absolute contraindications to performing any form of aerobic exercises during pregnancy. For instance, according to the American College of Obstetricians, those with restrictive lung disease, incompetent cervix, placenta previa, and pregnancy induced hypertension, MUST NOT do any aerobic workout. To be safe, consult your doctor first before engaging in your planned physical routine.
Exercises to Avoid During Pregnancy
Here are some types of physical activities and exercises to avoid during pregnancy:
Anything requiring you to lay on your back
These exercises should be avoided for the same reason as you should avoid sleeping on your back while pregnant. This is because the added weight of the baby may compress the inferior vena cava, the major blood vessel which carries venous blood from the lower limbs and pelvic area to the heart.
This, in turn, could trigger high blood pressure, as well as reduced blood flow to the mother’s heart as well as the baby’s. This can be very dangerous and detrimental to the baby’s development as they need a lot of blood for growth and development.
Activities where there’s a risk of falling
This one should be pretty self-explanatory. Any exercises that put you at risk of falling, such as climbing or gymnastics, should be avoided. Other sports such as ice skating or roller skating should also be avoided in the meantime for the same reason.