When you’re pregnant, you’ll always be looking for ways to sneak some exercise in, and you may be tempted to go on the trampoline. But is it safe?
While you shouldn’t lead a sedentary lifestyle while you’re pregnant, you also don’t want to go to the other extreme and do anything that could potentially harm your child.
Most people are aware of the inherent dangers in using a trampoline, and many avoid it even at times of peak health and fitness for fear of falling off, breaking a bone, cracking your skull, or impaling yourself on a spring.
If you see kids jumping on a trampoline, they can make it look rather inviting. With their limber selves they can fall off, get back up and keep right on going. There’s not too much harm that can be done, but they are not harboring a baby-to-be. So the rules change when you’re pregnant, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you are a responsible mother, right from the start.
Can I Jump on a Trampoline While Pregnant? Answer: No.
Even if you feel like you’re missing out on the fun, this is your time to simply be a spectator and bask in the fun that others are having. You won’t be the party pooper by not jumping along, especially if you add in the excitement that others are having.
What About a Rebounder?
Using a rebounder is another matter entirely. These are the smaller sized trampolines that you bounce lightly up and down on. These can potentially be good for you, but you should ask your doctor if it’s alright first. They will be able to let you know if it’s recommended, given your specific type of pregnancy.
Rebounding can be a great way to energize your body and free up some stress, but it does involve the shaking up of your insides, and since that’s where your baby is you don’t want to shake things up to the point of causing complications.
Aside from the fun of using a trampoline, it’s not really remarkable exercise. You can get a better, safer, more effective workout by taking a brisk walk or even a light jog. There are plenty of low impact, safe exercises at your disposal that you don’t need to take any risks that come with using a trampoline.
Nothing beats walking as the safest, best exercise that you can do from the start of your pregnancy, right up until your water breaks. Walking is as natural to the body as breathing, and it is pretty low-impact if done correctly. You don’t even need to take brisk walks, you can simply go for a long stroll. Take in the scenery, breathe in the fresh air, and visit a local park to commune with nature. You’ll find that the healthy benefits of walking will pervade other areas of your life and make things go more smoothly.
Taking a swim while you’re pregnant can provide just as much exhilaration as going on the trampoline, while being much more safe. In the buoyant water you’ll feel light as a feather, which can be very welcome if you’ve been feeling like a bloated whale lately. You don’t have to swim laps, or even do any sort of water aerobics. Just float on your back and do a light back stroke. This will get your entire body involved, moving, and get your blood flowing perfectly.
Always Put Baby First
You’ve probably gotten used to only thinking about yourself, and just doing what you want to do when the moment arises. It can be an adjustment to always think of the life inside you before doing things. Sure, maybe you do have to set aside a few fun things in life in order to give your baby the best treatment, even before they’re born. But this is all part of the experience, and shouldn’t be a downer.
Soon enough you’ll have your new baby and be able to do lots of fun things with them as they grow up. Your playful, fun nature will make you a great mom, and your child is guaranteed to have a wonderful, active childhood.