If You Love To Glide On Ice Skates, Can You Continue To Do So Throughout Pregnancy?

If you love to glide on ice skates, can you continue to do so throughout pregnancy? Lisa Stone, an ACE-certified Pre-and Post-Natal Fitness Instructor, has some information.
Lisa Stone

Your question
Can I go ice skating during pregnancy? - Samantha in New York

The expert answers

Ice skating is one of those sports, like downhill skiing, that is usually contraindicated during pregnancy. That said, you should really speak with your healthcare provider about the specific type of skating you would do -- is it skating in a rink with lots of other people, competitive skating, figure skating? It may be that you can do some skating during your first- and early-second trimesters. The type of skating will help determine the safety of continuing during your pregnancy.

If you do get the okay from your healthcare provider, remember to dress appropriately for the weather, drink lots of water to stay well-hydrated (you can still get dehydrated in cold weather!), and take the proper precautions to avoid falling. (Remember your center of balance is changing!)

If your healthcare provider vetoes the ice skating, there are other outdoor activities, such as power walking, that you can safely do to stay fit during pregnancy. Or, you may decide to take your fitness routine indoors for the winter, in which case you might want to try a good pregnancy workout video, using an elliptical trainer, or training on a stair-climbing machine.

Whatever you decide, staying active throughout your pregnancy will help you have an easier pregnancy, shorter labor, and faster recovery after the birth.

Lisa :)PregnancyAndBaby.com

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