What winter activities are safe when pregnant?

Be aware: Winter activites, like skiing and ice skating, are dangerous while pregnant.


[MUSIC] When you're pregnant, is it safe to snowboard, ice skate, or shovel snow? Take our quiz to find out. First, is it safe to ski or snowboard? [BLANK_AUDIO] [NOISE] If you're an avid skier or snowboarder, You may have to avoid the slopes this year. The real risk comes in falling, which isn't so bad in the first trimester, but after 20 weeks it could cause premature labor. Next, is it safe to ice skate? [SOUND] It's also a no-go for this winter sport, which comes with a similar risk of falling. Relaxin, the hormone that softens the ligaments in your pelvis to make room for the growing baby, also causes your knees, hips and ankles to get a little wobbly, too. And that's not a good combo with an ice rink. Finally, is it safe to shovel snow? You'll have to pass on shoveling, too. You may be secretly happy about that, though. While it's probably safe to shovel in your first trimester if it's a heathy pregnancy, your risk of slipping on ice and falling increases as your belly expands. You're also more likely to pull a ligament or hurt your back. Have your partner or neighbor do the chore for you while you make them some hot cocoa. [MUSIC] Ready for another pregnancy quiz? Check out Parents.com/SafeOrNot. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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