Activities to be avoided
There are a few physical activities that you may want to consider avoiding during pregnancy. Some forms of exercise have the potential to induce a serious injury and avoiding them is generally aimed at keeping the rest of your body healthy, rather than the fact that they are directly harmful for the pregnancy (unless you experience a direct blow to the stomach). You may want to use your own judgment on these. However, being a healthy pregnant woman and not being in hospital, having a plaster cast, or needing medications may be sufficient motivation. Sports capable of causing heavy impact injuries can include skydiving, rock climbing, abseiling, horse riding, water skiing (if you do water ski, wear a wetsuit), snowboarding, skiing, bungy jumping etc.
Scuba diving is not recommended during pregnancy. The pressure changes can stress your body and 'the bends' can induce a miscarriage or cause a stillbirth. Flying at altitude in small, non-pressurised airplanes can also reduce the oxygen available to your baby.