Appropriate physical activity facilitates pregnancy and childbirth. Different opinions are heard about the meaning and benefits of movement during pregnancy. Many people are convinced that physical activity during pregnancy can harm the mother and child, especially in the second half of pregnancy. However, there are quite a few serious studies in which it has undeniably found that appropriate physical activity during pregnancy is beneficial, as it facilitates pregnancy and childbirth, and may even prevent complications such as excessive weight gain, high blood pressure, and preeclampsia and eclampsia.

A pregnant woman who does various activities regularly will soon notice the positive effects of exercise: less fatigue in day-to-day tasks, stronger torso and back muscles, and a more robust “abdominal corset”, all of which prevents pain in the back. The body stance improves, and the likelihood of an overweight increase in weight is reduced. Sleep is often also improved and increased resistance to stress. The risk of postpartum depression is also reduced.

Some activities should be avoided during pregnancy. Activities as skateboarding, contact sports, excessive intense exercise, competitive sports and after the 4th month of pregnancy – all exercises performed on the back (the weight of the child can cause a drop in blood pressure, dizziness and nausea with the pressure of the aorta). In the last trimester is advised to avoid sports requiring body flexing, bumps and rapid changes in the direction of movement. All above listed are inappropriate forms of physical activity for the pregnant woman because they are dangerous for her and for the health of the child.

It is inappropriate to overheat the body both during exercise and in hot water or in the sauna. In the event of infections or fever I would not advocate any physical activity. You do not have to force a physical activity if you are tired or you do not feel good. Proper rest is as important as exercise if not even more important.

Can jumping rope be a good exercise in first and second trimester of your pregnancy? Could jumping rope activity adversely affect my baby, whether now or later?

These are the questions I been asking myself when I become pregnant and was trying to keep on doing this exercise to stay fit. It has kept me fit and I felt great afterwards. I believe jumping is not much different than jogging and is comparable to jogging at a moderately quick pace in terms of the amount of impact on your cervix. Most important thing you need to be aware of is whether you feel any uterine contractions while you are jumping rope. If you do feel contractions then you probably need to switch to another form of activity.

Different kinds of jumping can have different effects for expectant mothers and their babies. Even tough jumping can be beneficial exercise for mothers, may not always be the best option for women who are pregnant. The last thing you want to happen is to go into premature labour due to due to the pounding of your uterus on your cervix as you jump.

In terms of risk for your baby, there really isn’t any other than being born too early. Many women continue to run or perform other high-impact activities throughout their pregnancies with no negative effects on themselves or their babies. The most important thing is,  that you just need to be sure to listen to your body and pay attention when it gives you a signal to slow down.

For exercise with jumping rope during pregnancy is typically advised to take it easy in first trimester and try to stick to light exercise or stretching during this period in order to allow the fetus to flourish. Next, second trimester is a time for higher energy and if you are already a pro at jump rope you may add in back to your workout, but be extra careful as to not injure you or the baby. Some people would still argue, that wouldn’t recommend jumping rope during pregnancy as you can trip over and fall, but that seems a bit ridiculous as I would assume you should then avoid stairs too. I do understand that once you get really big you become off balance and need to be extra careful, but if you are feeling ok and listening to your body you should be ok. I must say, that I am not extremely good with rope jumping but nothing about it seems like too much or too much struggle so far. Although, I would like to mentioned, that increased boob bouncing and constant need to pee did challenge my enthusiasm for jumping rope.

Don’t forget to listen to your body and be allert to any discomfort that you may feel while doing exercise with jumping rope.