What activities should I avoid during pregnancy?

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What activities should I avoid during pregnancy?
It is a good idea to do a bit of exercise when you are pregnant, but make sure you check with your doctor before taking on anything too strenuous!

There are some activities which should be avoided by pregnant women to prevent causing harm to herself or the baby. For example, it is not recommended to do anything at a high altitude (sky-diving, mountain climbing etc) as the change in oxygen levels may lead to premature labour.

Also, avoid activities which would decrease your oxygen levels like diving, hiking or alpine skiing,

You should not do any activities where there is a risk of falling or being thrown off balance, such as water skiing, horse riding or gymnastics.

It is recommended to give up cycling after the second trimester to avoid a nasty fall. However, there is no risk in using an exercise bike.

Extreme sports, such as hang-gliding and bungee jumping could be dangerous for you and your baby.

May 2011

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