Bowling is a fun, low-impact activity that can be considered safe during pregnancy, but it does come with certain considerations.
Hormonal changes 1 during pregnancy contribute to increased laxity in your ligaments 2 , the connective tissue supporting your joints. In combination with the asymmetrical motions of bowling, this may lead to increased discomfort in your back, pelvis, or hips. Bowling also involves a lot of lifting, so picking a lighter ball and being mindful of your lifting mechanics can be helpful in reducing discomfort.
Also keep in mind that your center of gravity shifts during pregnancy because of your belly, so your balance may feel altered. And don’t forget that the bowling lanes are kept slick, so try not to cross the line to prevent falling.