Is Jumping Safe For Pregnant Women?

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Many women who exercise regularly to stay fit might worry about the safety of jumping during pregnancy. While light exercises during pregnancy are beneficial for blood circulation and muscle growth, doctors advise women to stay away from intense exercises such as jumping ropes or sacks, which may increase the risk of pregnancy complications.

Jumping exercises may loosen the ligaments, cause injury, and lead to miscarriage. Therefore, you should exercise caution and follow safety tips to stay healthy during pregnancy.

Read about the adverse effects of prenatal jumping exercise and some useful safety tips for a risk-free pregnancy.

Safe Exercises For Pregnant Women

There are some cardio, aerobic and strength training exercises that women can safely perform while expecting. Some of them are:

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Cycling (on a stationary bike)

    Pregnant women should exercise only on a stationary bike

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  • Light Weight training
  • Low-impact aerobic exercise
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Light stretching exercises

How Are Light Exercises Beneficial For Pregnant Woman?

Light exercises help regulate weight gain during pregnancy

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There are different types of prenatal exercises like stretching, walking, swimming or yoga. You can go ahead and choose a fitness regimen during your pregnancy that suits you. Here is a list of the benefits of practicing such light exercises during pregnancy:

  • Regulates weight gain
  • Boosts your mood and energy level
  • Improves the blood circulation
  • Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance
  • Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling
  • Improves the quality of sleep

Harmful Effects Of Jumping During Pregnancy

Is it safe to jump rope while pregnant? Well, there are several harmful health effects of practicing jumping exercises while expecting your baby. Some of them are the following:

  • Increases The Risk Of Ligament Injury: During the delicate phase of pregnancy, a woman’s body produces and releases the Relaxin hormone. The hormone loosens the ligaments in the pelvic region. As the ligaments soften, they become more prone to injuries. If a pregnant woman takes up a strenuous workout like jumping exercises, she is likely to injure or even fracture her ligaments and joints.
Pregnancy may make a woman more prone to ligament injuries

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  • Causes Preterm Labor: The uterus of a pregnant woman grows large during pregnancy and exerts enormous pressure on the cervix. Jumping can cause frictional impact between the uterus and cervix and lead to preterm labor.
  • Increases The Risk of Miscarriage: During pregnancy, the center of gravity shifts due to the growing baby bump and you are at a greater risk of losing your balance and falling or even suffering a miscarriage.
  • Causes Vaginal Bleeding: Jumping ropes involves a jarring movement. It could sometimes cause vaginal bleeding and premature contractions in pregnant women.

Tips For Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

Tips for exercising safely during pregnancy

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You can follow a few safety tips to exercise right and enjoy a healthy pregnancy. There are certain precautionary measures you can take to reduce the risk of accidental injury or miscarriage during pregnancy. Go ahead and check them out!

  • Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes, to perform the exercises smoothly.
  • Choose the right kind of exercising shoes, to increase your flexibility and grip.
  • Practice exercises on a flat surface to prevent injury or sudden fall.
  • Drink a lot of water and fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Seek medical guidance from your health practitioner, before trying new exercises.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I stop jumping during pregnancy?

Avoid high-impact exercises that involve jumping, especially after the second trimester or if you have a high-risk pregnancy. However, high-performance athletes can usually continue to exercise if their pregnancy is not complicated (1) (2).

2. Can jerks cause miscarriage early pregnancy?

Simple jerks are not impactful enough to cause miscarriage in early pregnancy. However, you should be cautious and try to avoid it as much as possible.

3. Can I perform jumping jacks during pregnancy?

No. Jumping jacks are considered high-impact exercises that are not generally recommended for pregnant women (2) (3).

4. Which exercises should be avoided during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, avoid exercises that require you to lie flat on your back for an extended period, contact sports, high-impact exercises, and exercises at altitudes greater than 2,500 meters above sea level (2) (4).

Exercises involving jumping during pregnancy may put you at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage and premature labor. If you are keen to follow your regular workout or gym while pregnant, you may follow a light prenatal exercise routine after taking your doctor’s consent. Although different forms of exercise aid in following a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, you may avoid strenuous activities, including jumping. Instead, you may choose safe exercises such as yoga or walking that help maintain your fitness levels while enjoying a healthy pregnancy.


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Shreeja holds a postgraduate degree in Chemistry and diploma in Drug Regulatory Affairs from the University of Mumbai. Before joining MomJunction, she worked as a research analyst with a leading multinational pharmaceutical company. Her interest in the field of medical research has developed her passion for writing research-based articles. As a writer, she aims at providing informative articles on health...
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