(Closed) Sports during pregnancy

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hi. I also play recreational sports. I stopped as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I’m sure there is nothing wrong with running and kicking but it’s the risk of accidents that scare me. One of the girls on my team was accidentally tripped. Another collided with another player and ended up with a punctured lung. 

I realize the risk is low but I couldn’t forgive myself if something happened if I could have avoided it. You have to decide what is best for you. 

Post # 4
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I have many friends that have played recreational sports throughout their pregnancies without any issues. As they told me as long as it is something they do regularly (as is not something new) their bodies will handle it fine with the added pregnancy stresses. Heck, Kerri Walsh was early on with her pregnancy at the recent London Olympics.

One of my friends was 8 months pregnant towards the end of our recent volleyball season. She was huge and her center of balance was off, it was too funny! Of course she couldn’t dive but somehow found a way to move around the court without issue. It made some of us nervous but again her doctor cleared her to play.

Deifnitely a case by case basis.

Post # 5
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

All I know is that Charlotte went running when she was pregnant, and her daughter was just fine!  I plan to give up rugby when I am pregnant — at least the tackling and such.  But I hope to remain as active as possible.

Post # 6
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Treejewel19:  +1. 🙂

I am currently TTC and still ride my 2 horses a couple times a week. In a preconception appt with my doctor she said everything in moderation, and only what youo’re comfortable with. She told me if we get pregnant and I wanted to keep riding (lightly) that it would be fine, as long as your body is used to it. Obviously there will be risks, but it all depends on what you and your Darling Husband are comfortable with. 🙂


Post # 7
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

Hi, I play rec basketball , netball and i also run some days. I was nervous to begin with but just listen to your body. dont push it. i have slowed down a little but still want to keep playing for a while 🙂


Post # 8
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I play co-rec soccer year round (indoor and outdoor). We were just starting an outdoor season when I got my BFP.  I basically told the team that I was sick and the doctors weren’t sure what was going on etc. so I can’t play for a while almost immediately.

Here’s the thing – you have to do what is right for you.  So I’m just going to tell you my logic and let you use it as another voice in the decision making process:

Soccer is a rough sport involving physical contact. I play in Chicago and even in the co-rec leagues, if you have the ball or are near the ball you are likely to get slammed into by some hyper-competetive guy.  In the past 2 years I have broken a nose (from an elbow to the face), badly sprained a wrist from falling, whiplash from getting slammed into and launched into the air and had more bruises than I can count – including one incredible one on my left boob that actually made it hard to breathe for days.

Now, I consider the indoor leagues FAR worse than the outdoor as far as contact goes.  It is a much tighter game and you are much more likely to get run into and knocked over (both accidentally and not). So, I considered playing outdoor for a bit and being careful – and I did play two days before I got my BFP when I was pretty sure I was going to get one because I was 2 days late — and of course some guy almost slammed into me at full speed and freaked me out – that was the end of that though.  And indoor, the way it’s played here, even at the recreational level, I wouldn’t even have considered.

To finish the story, when I got to the end of the 1st Trimester and I went to see my team play and tell them that I was pregnant …. their response? Of COURSE you shouldn’t have considered playing – have you ever gotten through a game without getting hit in the uterus???

Like I said – decide what’s right for you and judge the tenor of your league, but there are lots of sports that you can keep playing where you don’t have the danger of accidental contact.



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