From the time a woman is introduced to sports, she is told that playing will give her a fit body and good looks. But can playing softball when you are pregnant cause more harm than good? The truth is that certain sports are not recommended if you want to keep your baby (and yourself) safe and healthy. These include activities that involve running, jumping, lifting heavy objects, and others. As with anything else in life, we need to understand the risks involved before deciding if it’s worth taking them or not.
Listen to your body
Every woman is different. When you are pregnant, your body is producing an increased amount of estrogen. This hormone can sometimes increase your risk of injuries or lead to an existing injury becoming worse. If you are experiencing excessive pain or shortness of breath while playing, or your ankles, knees, hips, or back are hurting, you should probably stop. Similarly, if you are bleeding or having dizziness or a light-headed feeling, you should also take a break and seek medical attention if needed.
Softball is dangerous
You should know that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that activities with a high risk of falling or abdominal trauma should be avoided, softball is considered by many to be of those activities and it involves running, jumping and high-speed pitches, these are probably the very things that are putting you at risk during pregnancy.
Avoid playing the infield or the catcher
If you still insist on playing softball, you should avoid playing the infield or the cathcer. The infield is a very dangerous place to play while pregnant as you risk getting hit by a ball knocked off by another player. The catcher is at risk of getting hit by the ball if a batter hits a ball towards you and you fail to catch it. The safest position to play would be the outfield, as the risk of injuries is reduced.
How to stay safe during sports while pregnant
The most common injuries while playing sports while you are pregnant include strained muscles and ligaments, pulled hair, bruises, and sprained ankles and wrists. Still, in many cases, the injuries can lead to severe complications for you or your baby. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial to protect both you and your baby.
If you are interested in playing sports while pregnant, you should:
- Try to pick a sport that is not too physically demanding. This way, you don’t have to exert yourself as hard.
- Know the risks involved before you pick a sport to play. This way, you will understand if the risks are worth it.
- Always inform your team before you play a dangerous sport. This way, they can take extra precautions to avoid any injuries.
- Don’t ever play a sport if you are hurting or in any sort of discomfort. This way, you don’t put yourself or your unborn child in danger.
While playing softball can be an excellent way to keep fit and socialize with friends, it is important to understand the risks involved. For some women, certain sports, like softball, are too dangerous to play while pregnant. If you are unsure what you should be doing, it is best to wait until after your pregnancy. When in doubt, it is best to be safe than sorry.