5 Physical Activities Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Published: 28th September 2011
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Pregnant women are the vessel for all things that may carry to their unborn child. It’s very important that any mom-to-be take extra care of herself, physically, emotionally, and health-wise. While you’re watching what you eat and the vitamins you take, a pregnant woman also needs to not participate in particular events that may affect the baby.

Here are 5 physical activities pregnant women should avoid.

Thrill seeking – it may seem obvious, but during your pregnancy, you should stay away from any physical activities that raise your heart rate, increases your blood pressure, or puts you in physical danger. It’s best to avoid things like roller coasters, mountain climbing, SCUBA diving, snowboarding, skiing, etc. There’s nothing wrong with moderate exercise, but stay away from the more dare-devil thrills.

Cleaning cat box – while we love our furry friends that live with us, they do carry fleas, ticks, dander, and other possible allergens that could adversely affect your unborn child. During your pregnancy, have your significant other change the cat litter or the flea collar.

Hot tub/sauna – resist the urge to participate in any physical activity that may relax you too much. Hot tubs and saunas can raise the body’s temperature exponentially. Best to avoid this type of activity while pregnant. Also, Reflexology is thought to be something to stay away from, as well, as touch and pulse points on the body could trigger early labor.

Household cleaning – pregnant women don’t have to avoid cleaning altogether, but should evade cleaning products that may contain warning labels with words like "poison" or "dangerous" or "harmful." Good old ingredients like white vinegar and baking soda can handle most home cleaning challenges. Or, have your partner take over the household chores during your pregnancy.

Excessing sun exposure – it’s best if you stay out of direct sunlight and avoid sunburn. Also, you should stay away from tanning beds and tanning booths that direct UV rays at your body. You don’t have to forgo that summer beach trip, but avoid overheating by staying under an umbrella or cabana. The better you feel, the better your baby will feel.

And the best advice during your pregnancy is to talk to your doctor, be open and honest, and let him/her know your exercise regime, diet, and any other life changes that could affect your baby. Always get your doctor’s advice first and foremost.
Criss White is a professional writer that writes about pregnancy and other party planning topics like food for baby shower parties and other baby shower ideas. Criss enjoys hosting parties and cooking when not writing.

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