July 02, 2015

Q: Is it safe to play softball, volleyball or other sports during pregnancy?

A: It is safe, and highly recommended, to exercise during pregnancy.  There are multiple health benefits for both mom and baby, including decreasing overall weight gain, improved self-image, decreasing the risk of gestational diabetes and low back pain, as well as a reduction in labor and delivery time.  There are certain exercises and sports, however, that should be avoided during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters.  These include any high-impact sport where there is a heightened risk of collision or falling.  These include water and snow skiing, horseback riding, volleyball, baseball, football, softball, rollerblading, rock climbing and ice skating/hockey.  Again, these are just examples and in certain women (particularly those who have been doing one of these sports prior to conceiving), a green light from your OB may be given in the first and early second trimesters, so its always best to check with whomever is taking care of you during pregnancy.

Answered by Dr. Michele Hakakha


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