Many expectant mothers can not resist the urge to bowl during their pregnancy, but they should be aware of the risks involved in the sport. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that bowling puts expecting mothers at risk for minor injuries such as sprains, strains, bruising or broken bones. Bowel injury is another possibility when an expectant mother bowls. Bowling can also lead to more serious issues for pregnant women including the contraction of hepatitis B virus or toxoplasmosis which are both harmful to unborn babies if contracted by pregnant women according to Baby Center.
The lanes at most bowling alleys contain synthetic material that may emit toxic fumes. Although pregnant women are advised against smoking cigarettes, even secondhand smoke from cigarette breaks at the bowling alley may prove harmful to an unborn baby according to the CDC.
If you choose to bowl while pregnant, do so only if it is your leisure activity of choice, and remember that safety must come first. Wear appropriate clothing, including shoes with wide soles for more stability. Avoid carrying your bowling ball at all costs as this increases the risk of injury by a significant percentage according to Medline Plus. If possible, keep one hand on your bowling ball while guiding it down the lane with the other for extra protection. Though injuries are unlikely when following these precautions, they are always better safe than sorry when expecting a child.
Bowling is not something most people think of doing during pregnancy unless they already enjoy it regularly before getting pregnant. It can be a way to spend a little time with other pregnant women. If you have been bowling before pregnancy, feel free to continue doing so as long as your doctor says it is okay for pregnancy and enjoy the fun of being on a whole new level playing field. However, if you have never bowled but are looking for something to do while pregnant, consider trying another recreational activity such as going to an art museum or movie theater instead of bowling because these have not been shown to carry the same risks as bowling.
Bowling safety tips during pregnancy include wearing comfortable clothing, avoiding carrying the ball, and keeping one hand on the ball while guiding it down the lane.
How to know when to rest?
When you are pregnant, you experience many physiological changes. One of the main differences is an increase in fatigue and energy loss. These symptoms can be relieved by resting or sleeping for several hours. At first, 20 minutes may seem like all you need, but as the pregnancy continues, longer periods of rest will be required to feel refreshed. During pregnancy, women should let their body tell them when it needs to rest so that they do not overdo it and cause harm to themselves or their unborn child
If a woman sleeps or rests beyond what is recommended during pregnancy, she probably has a condition called “gestational diabetes.” This condition often goes undiagnosed because some women have no symptoms while others have symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, increased fatigue, and weight gain. These symptoms are present in some women with gestational diabetes, but they can also be present in many women with healthy pregnancies.
According to the American Diabetes Association, a lack of sleep has a negative effect on a pregnant mother’s health by causing her blood sugar levels to fall or spike throughout the day which can affect how the unborn baby develops. As a result, if you find that you have been sleeping more than usual while pregnant and feel tired often, consult your doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation of your blood sugar levels.
Bowling is not recommended during pregnancy unless it was something you did regularly before getting pregnant
If any injuries occur while bowling during pregnancy contact emergency medical services immediately if needed
So please, don’t forget to consult with your doctor before engaging in any activities during your pregnancy – even those that may seem innocuous like bowling.