Can You Jump Rope During Pregnancy?

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By Dr. Lisa Smiley | Updated on Jan 4, 2024
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Jumping rope is an efficient and low-cost form of cardiovascular exercise that works the whole body and can be performed during pregnancy with some considerations. Jump rope has been shown to improve agility 2 , strength 1 , coordination 3 , cardiovascular health 4 , and bone density 5 

Pregnancy involves physical, physiological, and hormonal changes that influence the entire body, including your joints 6 and pelvic floor muscles 7 . In addition, jump rope involves ground reaction forces, or the force on the body as it lands on the ground, of approximately twice your bodyweight 8 . In combination, jumping rope during pregnancy could increase your risk of pelvic floor disorders, including urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. It’s recommended to discontinue or modify jumping rope if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, urinary or bowel leakage, or pelvic heaviness. Working with a physical therapist skilled in treating pregnant people can be beneficial to determine if jumping rope is a good fit for you during your pregnancy.

It’s also best to get clearance from your healthcare provider prior to participating in jumping rope to ensure you do not have any precautions or contraindications to exercise 9 .

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  1. Irem Duzgun, Gul Baltaci, Filiz Colakoglu, Volga Bayrakci Tunay, Derya Ozer"The effects of jump-rope training on shoulder isokinetic strength in adolescent volleyball players"Human Kinetics, vol. 19, no. 2May 1, 2010, pp.  184–199https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20543219/.

  2. Kazuyoshi Miyaguchi, Shinichi Demura, and Masashi Omoya"Relationship Between Jump Rope Double Unders and Sprint Performance in Elementary Schoolchildren"Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 29, no. 11Nov 1, 2015, pp. 3229-3233https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24852257/.

  3. D Ozer, I Duzgun, G Baltaci, S Karacan, F Colakoglu"The effects of rope or weighted rope jump"PubMed, vol. 51, no. 2Jun 11, 2023https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21681154/.

  4. J E Quirk and W E Sinning"Anaerobic and aerobic responses of males and females to rope skipping"Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 26-29https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7070253/.

  5. U Pettersson, P Nordström, H Alfredson, K Henriksson-Larsén and R Lorentzon"Effect of high impact activity on bone mass and size in adolescent females: A comparative study between two different types of sports"Springer Link, vol. 67, no. 3Mar 13, 2014, pp. 207–214 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10954774/.

  6. Yosra Cherni, David Desseauve, Arnaud Decatoire, Nikolaus Veit-Rubinc, Mickaël Begon, Fabrice Pierre, Laetitia Fradet"Evaluation of ligament laxity during pregnancy"Science Direct, vol. 48, no. 5Feb 20, 2019, pp. 351-357https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30794956/.

  7. Hans Van Geelen, Donald Ostergard, Peter Sand"A review of the impact of pregnancy and childbirth on pelvic floor function as assessed by objective measurement techniques"Springer LinkJan 18, 2018, pp. 327–338https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29332252/.

  8. Celeste Goodson, Aubree R McLeod, Zoey Kearns, Max R Paquette"External loading of common training drills: Ranking drills to design progressive return-to-run programs"ScienceDirect, vol. 58Nov 1, 2022, pp. 167-172https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36368150/.

  9. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists"Exercise During Pregnancy"Feb 28, 2022https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/exercise-during-pregnancy.


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Can You Jump Rope During Pregnancy?

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By Dr. Lisa Smiley | Updated on Jan 4, 2024
Image for article Can You Jump Rope During Pregnancy?

Jumping rope is an efficient and low-cost form of cardiovascular exercise that works the whole body and can be performed during pregnancy with some considerations. Jump rope has been shown to improve agility 2 , strength 1 , coordination 3 , cardiovascular health 4 , and bone density 5 

Pregnancy involves physical, physiological, and hormonal changes that influence the entire body, including your joints 6 and pelvic floor muscles 7 . In addition, jump rope involves ground reaction forces, or the force on the body as it lands on the ground, of approximately twice your bodyweight 8 . In combination, jumping rope during pregnancy could increase your risk of pelvic floor disorders, including urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. It’s recommended to discontinue or modify jumping rope if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, urinary or bowel leakage, or pelvic heaviness. Working with a physical therapist skilled in treating pregnant people can be beneficial to determine if jumping rope is a good fit for you during your pregnancy.

It’s also best to get clearance from your healthcare provider prior to participating in jumping rope to ensure you do not have any precautions or contraindications to exercise 9 .

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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Your privacy is important to us. By subscribing you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.

Expectful uses only high-quality sources, including academic research institutions, medical associations, and subject matter experts.

  1. Irem Duzgun, Gul Baltaci, Filiz Colakoglu, Volga Bayrakci Tunay, Derya Ozer"The effects of jump-rope training on shoulder isokinetic strength in adolescent volleyball players"Human Kinetics, vol. 19, no. 2May 1, 2010, pp.  184–199https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20543219/.

  2. Kazuyoshi Miyaguchi, Shinichi Demura, and Masashi Omoya"Relationship Between Jump Rope Double Unders and Sprint Performance in Elementary Schoolchildren"Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 29, no. 11Nov 1, 2015, pp. 3229-3233https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24852257/.

  3. D Ozer, I Duzgun, G Baltaci, S Karacan, F Colakoglu"The effects of rope or weighted rope jump"PubMed, vol. 51, no. 2Jun 11, 2023https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21681154/.

  4. J E Quirk and W E Sinning"Anaerobic and aerobic responses of males and females to rope skipping"Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 26-29https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7070253/.

  5. U Pettersson, P Nordström, H Alfredson, K Henriksson-Larsén and R Lorentzon"Effect of high impact activity on bone mass and size in adolescent females: A comparative study between two different types of sports"Springer Link, vol. 67, no. 3Mar 13, 2014, pp. 207–214 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10954774/.

  6. Yosra Cherni, David Desseauve, Arnaud Decatoire, Nikolaus Veit-Rubinc, Mickaël Begon, Fabrice Pierre, Laetitia Fradet"Evaluation of ligament laxity during pregnancy"Science Direct, vol. 48, no. 5Feb 20, 2019, pp. 351-357https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30794956/.

  7. Hans Van Geelen, Donald Ostergard, Peter Sand"A review of the impact of pregnancy and childbirth on pelvic floor function as assessed by objective measurement techniques"Springer LinkJan 18, 2018, pp. 327–338https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29332252/.

  8. Celeste Goodson, Aubree R McLeod, Zoey Kearns, Max R Paquette"External loading of common training drills: Ranking drills to design progressive return-to-run programs"ScienceDirect, vol. 58Nov 1, 2022, pp. 167-172https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36368150/.

  9. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists"Exercise During Pregnancy"Feb 28, 2022https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/exercise-during-pregnancy.


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