Is It Safe to Do Jumping Jacks While Pregnant?

Do Jumping Jacks
By Elena Donovan Mauer | Originally Published April 26, 2018 on Aaptiv | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

Expectant women commonly ask whether or not jumping jacks while pregnant are safe. These exercises—along with other plyometric or jump-heavy moves, like jump squats and high knees—are a welcome and beneficial addition to the standard workout plan for those who aren’t pregnant. But their high-impact nature can, understandably, make pregnant women feel uneasy.

For women who were previously sedentary, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends adding exercise gradually into their routine. Low-impact workouts such as walking and swimming are a good starting point. However, jumping jacks while pregnant aren’t advised for the women who fall into this category. On the other hand, if you’re experienced in jogging and aerobics, ACOG says you should be able to continue doing high-impact workouts safely.

So, jumping jacks while pregnant aren’t necessarily a no-no for fit women. However, there are some things to consider when deciding whether or not to incorporate jump-heavy moves into your exercise routine.

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