Bowling is one of the most popular sports in the world. As long as you take sensible precautions, there are no restrictions on continuing with your bowling. If you’re thinking about taking up bowling during your pregnancy, read on to find out more about how it can affect you and your baby and which measures you should take to reduce the risks even further.
Bowling safety tips during pregnancy
- Avoid high-impact activities like contact sports, running, or jumping.
- Wear comfortable, low-impact clothing that won’t restrict your movement.
- Make sure the bowling alley is a safe environment, free of harmful chemicals or fumes.
- Stay hydrated and take breaks often.
- Listen to your body and stop if you feel pain or discomfort.
- Use a bowling ball that is the right size and weight for you.
- Do not bowling on consecutive days.
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
- Don’t bowl on a slippery lane.
- Don’t bowl on a lane with oil.
- Don’t bowl on a wet lane.
- Don’t stand too close to the pins
What are the Risks of Bowling During Pregnancy?
Bowling is not recommended for pregnant women, but if you do, there are warnings for this activity.
- Being pregnant, you should understand that your muscles, ligaments, and joints are not the same. They are a bit weaker.
- As your baby grows, your center of gravity changes. This can affect the way you bowl. Always be careful while tossing the ball down the aisle. Being aware of your balance is important, or you may fall.
- Be very aware of your back muscles. They can easily be overextended while tossing the ball. You should be careful not to damage your back. It may make sense to find a lighter ball if it becomes difficult.
What should you do?
Choose balls a little lighter than most. Always remember that your condition can be considered fragile. If you have preeclampsia, heart disease, placenta previa, multiple pregnancies, or other types of physical problems, it is strongly advised that you see your doctor before bowling.
Causes for Concern to Stop Bowling
- feeling faint or dizzy
- feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach
- feeling short of breath
- You are feeling pain in your back, abdomen, or pelvis.
- chest pain
- increased heart rate
- vaginal bleeding
- You have a history of miscarrying