Are you one of those people who find the ‘thump’ of the bowling ball relaxing? Do you knock out your stress as you let those bowling pins crash?
If you are pregnant, you may be worried about whether it is safe to carry on with bowling. You may worry that it can harm your unborn baby. Read on to know whether is it safe to bowl while pregnant or do you need to stop.
Is It Safe To Go Bowling While Pregnant?
Most doctors feel it is all right to bowl even while you are pregnant (1). What you need to remember is that if you are going to bowl, you should keep certain precautions in mind. Bowling is a low impact exercise that should not cause any harm to you or your unborn baby, when done with care. In fact, many doctors recommend you go ahead and carry out such exercises as it can help you stay fit during your pregnancy.
Before you start bowling during your pregnancy, you should consult your doctor and seek her permission for the same. The American Medical Association feels it is okay to continue with low impact activities during your pregnancy if you have done them before (2).
Things To Remember While Bowling During Your Third Trimester:
Even though bowling while pregnant is safe, it will gradually get difficult or uncomfortable. As you enter your third trimester, you need to be extra careful when lifting the bowling ball.
- Make sure you do not hurt your back as you pick it up. When lifting the ball, remember to bend down at the knees and avoid straining your back. It is important you keep your back straight at all times.
- As your pregnancy advances, your joints and ligaments will start loosening up. In such a situation, the action of throwing the ball may take a toll on your back and cause ligament injuries.
- As your pregnancy progresses, your body shape will change. With your growing tummy, your back will have to bear most of your weight.
- You will also feel your center of gravity shifting, making it more and more difficult for you to keep your balance. Picking up a bowling ball and trying to throw it down the bowling alley can be highly dangerous as it can make you lose your balance and fall.
- You will also feel tired easily and may face difficulties in picking up or bending down. In fact, activities like these may be entirely off the list for you as you head towards your delivery.
How Do Low Impact Exercises Help While You Are Pregnant?
There are many benefits of doing low impact exercises when you are pregnant (3). It will keep the threat of developing high blood pressure and gestational diabetes at bay. Unlike other exercises, it does not cause distress to your joints. Bowling with friends is especially good as it can uplift your mood and prevent postpartum depression.
You may want to continue with bowling but if you feel any discomfort, you should stop it immediately. It is important to stay active, but not at the cost of your health or your unborn baby’s development.
If you were a regular at the bowling parlors during your pregnancy, please share your experience with us.
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