When you are pregnant, you must be cautious and take great care in any activity that may be a danger to your pregnancy. Here we talk, in particular, about physical exercises during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the center of gravity changes with the increase of the fetus, which is why the risk of losing your balance during a physical training (even low intensity) is much higher. Water skiing, horse riding, gymnastics, alpine skiing, mountaineering, skating, ice hockey and surfing are the most harmful for the pregnant woman, so it is well avoided. These sports also carry the risk of hitting the stomach and could hurt the growing baby.
Here are the sports and physical activities that you should avoid during pregnancy:
Riding the bike
Again, because of the risk of falling, sports such as tennis and mountain biking are only good to avoid during pregnancy. Also, after the second trimester of pregnancy, it is good to avoid cycling.
However, if cycling is the usual mode of transport, you can choose to continue, but you have to be very careful. Make sure you can keep your balance and focus on the road.
You should avoid contact sports such as football, rugby, hockey, volleyball, boxing, kickboxing and judo. These sports can carry a higher risk of hitting the stomach.
Diving also is not safe during pregnancy, as it can increase the risk of miscarriage and having a child with birth defects. During this time nitrogen bubbles can form in the blood stream of the child. Any form of diving is not safe during pregnancy.
High-altitude sports, such as hot air balloons and mountaineering, should also be avoided. Changing the oxygen level puts the child at risk. And most getaways in amusement parks, on water slides should be removed from the list. These often involve forced landing, sudden acceleration or slowing, which could affect the child.
How swimming influences
Studies show that having a high temperature at the beginning of pregnancy can increase the risk of congenital malformations in children. To prevent overheating, drink plenty of water and avoid playing sports during hot or humid periods.
You should not swim in water that is 32 degrees C or above, although the water in most leisure pools is around 30 degrees C, unless the water has been heated for a certain reason. . Always listen to your body when playing sports and slow down or stop if you feel tired.
After 16 weeks, it is advisable not to do any exercise that forces you to lie on your back, with your legs raised (for example, your abdomen). The weight of the uterus can press into the hollow vein, which makes you feel weak or dizzy.
If you have not exercised before pregnancy, it is not advisable to exercise intensely now. Instead, start slowly and slowly with daily light exercises. Talk to your specialist doctor before you begin any kind of physical movement.
*** Article written by Dr. Silviu Istoc is a primary obstetrician-gynecologist at the Medicover Hospital, within the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery and at the ProVita Clinic. You can read more details on www.dristoc.ro and on the Facebook page facebook.com/DrSilviuIstoc.
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