What to Avoid While Working Out as a Pregnant Woman

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Pregnancy is a wonderful part of life that also makes way for new life and yet it comes with a plethora of caveats to avoid. This is definitely true when it comes to working out because a pregnant woman’s changing body means they aren’t able to use it the way they normally do. However, there’s no reason at all that you can’t continue to exercise while you’re pregnant—there are just some things to avoid, and here’s what they are.

Avoid High-Heat Places

Especially in the first trimester, experts advise that pregnant women should avoid exercising in places that have high heat or humidity. This is mainly for protection against heat stress because it’s crucial that a pregnant woman stays hydrated.

Nothing On Your Back

It’s also not advisable for pregnant women to work out while flat on their back, because it puts strain from the uterus onto the large vein that’s responsible for returning blood to the heart. However, a good alternative is to prop oneself up by using a prenatal wedge, or by leaning against pillows.

No Contact Sports

This should go without saying, but you should also avoid high-contact sports such as soccer, basketball, boxing, and the like. The obvious reason is that it puts the baby at risk of getting hit. So make sure whichever workout you choose, it’s not erratic in nature and has a predictable flow.