Q: Is it safe to go bowling during pregnancy?

A: It is usually safe to go bowling during pregnancy, but you need to take certain precautions to prevent injury.

If you enjoyed bowling before you got pregnant, chances are you can continue enjoying it throughout your pregnancy. The American Medical Association supports low impact activities throughout pregnancy, as long as the woman was active in them before conception.

You may notice, however, that as you progress through pregnancy, bowling will become more uncomfortable for you. There are several reasons for this. First, as your tummy gets bigger, you will have to rely on the strength of your back to support you. Second, as your center of gravity changes, it may be more difficult to keep your balance, especially when you are carrying a 9 or 10 pound bowling ball and throwing it down an alley. Third, as your joints begin to loosen, bowling will take even more upper body strength to prevent an injury.

All sporting activities should be discussed with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to help you make a decision based on your individual circumstances. Remember to let your level of comfort be your guide. Now is not the time to push through pain and exhaustion. If you start to feel uncomfortable or strained, that is your body telling you it is time to stop. Take these precautions and you are sure to have a healthy pregnancy while still enjoying yourself.