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What physical activities should I avoid during pregnancy?

For your health and safety, and for the health of your baby, there are certain physical activities that you should not do while you are pregnant. Some are listed below.

  • Talk to your doctor about other physical activities that you should avoid during your pregnancy.
  • Avoid being active outside during hot weather.
  • Avoid steam rooms, hot tubs, and saunas.
  • Avoid physical activities, such as certain yoga poses, that call for you to lie flat on your back after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Avoid contact sports such as football and boxing, and other activities that might injure.
  • Avoid activities that make you jump or change directions quickly such as tennis or basketball.
  • During pregnancy, your joints loosen and you are more likely to hurt yourself when doing these activities.

Tips for getting physically active

Get physically active for your health and the health of your baby by using the tips below:

  • Go for a walk around the block or through a shopping mall with your spouse or a friend.
    Sign up for a prenatal yoga or fitness class. Make sure you let the instructor know that you are pregnant before beginning.
  • Rent or buy an exercise video for pregnant women. Look for videos at your video store, doctor’s office, hospital, or maternity clothing store.
  • At your gym, sign up for a session with a fitness trainer who knows about physical activity during pregnancy.
  • Get up and move around at least once an hour if you sit in a chair most of the day; get up and move around during commercials when watching TV.