Sports that aren’t safe to do in pregnancy

There are very many articles out there praising the benefits of exercising in pregnancy for your health and your baby’s wellbeing. And that’s great! But you should also know that there are certain activities and types of exercise you are better off avoiding while pregnant. Here they are:


If you’re a master at cycling and you know of an area where you can do that safely, maybe you can give it a go once in a while, provided that you are very careful. But in the park or on the street there are multiple distractions, obstacles can appear where you would least expect them and the chances of falling are too high.

If you’ve never learnt how to ride a bicycle, now it’s definitely not the time. Wait until after the baby is born or, if you’re patient enough, you can learn together when he/she gets old enough.


If you love running and you used to do it constantly before getting pregnant, you don’t have to give up on it immediately unless, of course, your doctor recommends otherwise. Still, you’ll have to slow the pace, make sure you stay hydrated and always listen to your body. If you feel that something’s wrong, stop!

If you got pregnant and you think that this would be a good time to set up a healthy habit, think again! Instead of running, which can be dangerous for both you and your baby, try power walking. It is highly efficient and it does not constitute a danger for your pregnancy.

Contact sports

Volleyball, football, handball, basketball and team sports in general should be avoided during pregnancy because there is a high risk of getting hurt.

Skiing and snowboarding

We know, they’re so much fun and so hard to give up to. But the risk of hurting yourself and the baby is too high.

Horse riding

This one is forbidden during pregnancy not only because the chances of an accident are too high, but also because the shock waves that go through your body when horse riding are too strong for a pregnant women and especially for the baby.


Diving is dangerous because when you depressurize tiny air bubbles can form into your blood and these are dangerous for you even if you’re not pregnant, but they’re particularly dangerous for the baby.