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Jumping during Pregnancy – Is it Harmful?

Exercising and staying physically active is one of the best ways to stay healthy and fit. Jumping is a fun exercise that is also helpful in burning away some calories. However, if you are pregnant, doing certain exercises can be dangerous for you as well as the health of the baby. Does jumping belong to the category of safe exercises or dangerous ones?

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Benefits of exercise during pregnancy:

Exercise has multiple health benefits, even for pregnant women like:

  • Increases strength and endurance
  • Increases the energy levels of the body
  • Keeps weight gain in check
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Help reduce swelling, bloating, constipation, etc. which are common during pregnancy

However, not all types of exercises are recommended for pregnant women, as certain exercises can do more harm than good. Though simple exercises like walking, gentle stretching, etc. are recommended, exercises that put excess stress on the body (like lifting heavy weights) or are jerky in nature are usually forbidden.

Risks of jumping during pregnancy:

As already mentioned, experts recommend refraining from doing activities that put the body in excessive stress or result in jerks to the body. Jumping is one such activity as it gives sudden jerks to the body and can result in complications like:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Preterm labor
  • Jumping can also trigger contractions
  • Injury to ligaments and joints, leading to severe complications
  • Uterus putting excessive pressure on the cervix, leading to various pregnancy complications

Looking at the severe consequences that jumping can have on pregnant women, experts do not recommend jumping, skipping, and other such activities during pregnancy.

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Staying safe:

Though each and every pregnancy is unique in its own way, there are some general safety points one should keep in mind while exercising during pregnancy. Consult a maternity doctor before doing any type of exercise as some women are at a higher risk than others. Make sure you exercise under proper guidance and care of an expert, as accidents or falls can be highly damaging to your health or the health of the baby. Stay hydrated and avoid over-exertion and extreme workouts. Do light and gentle exercises, as they do not pose any health risks and are beneficial for the pregnancy and overall health and wellbeing.

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