Some Women Can Handle A Lot Of Exercise While They Are Pregnant While Others Cannot.

Some women can handle a lot of exercise while they are pregnant while others cannot. Lisa Stone, ACE-certified Fitness Specialist, shares some words of wisdom about jumping rope during pregnancy.
Lisa Stone

Your question
I am six months pregnant. If I jump rope, can this adversely affect my baby, whether now or later? Please give me some do's and don'ts about it and also let me know if I should stop.

The expert answers
Jumping rope (or skipping rope) is comparable to jogging at a moderately quick pace in terms of the amount of impact on your cervix. The main thing you need to be aware of is whether you feel any uterine contractions while you're jumping rope -- if you do, you probably need to switch to another form of activity. The last thing you want to happen is to go into premature labor due to the pounding of your uterus on your cervix as you jump!

Also, be aware of any discomfort you may feel due to the bouncing of your belly and breasts. If necessary, invest in some maternity support garments to minimize the bounce.

In terms of risk for your baby, there really isn't any other than being born too early. Many women continue to run or perform other high-impact activities throughout their pregnancies with no negative effects on themselves or their babies. You just need to be sure to listen to your body and pay attention when it gives you a signal to slow down!

I would suggest talking with your healthcare provider just to be sure that your cervix is strong and intact, and then to let comfort be your guide with the jumping. Again, if you start having contractions during or immediately after your workout, then it's time to switch to a different type of exercise until after your baby safely


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