Kayaking can be a good form of cardiovascular exercise during pregnancy, but consult your healthcare provider prior to participating. If you’re experiencing preeclampsia, placenta previa, severe anemia, preterm labor, cerclage, certain heart, or lung diseases or are pregnant with multiples, 1 you shouldn’t exercise.
Paddling by itself is generally safe to do during pregnancy—it’s the variety of other factors of kayaking that influence whether it’s a good idea. There’s a large difference between whitewater or ocean kayaking and kayaking on a calm, flat lake or river, so talk with your healthcare provider about what type of kayaking you would like to do.
Also, be sure that your kayak’s weight limit and your lifejacket accommodate your new body. Remember to stay hydrated, take breaks as needed, and protect yourself from the sun to avoid overheating.
As your pregnancy progresses, a sit-on-top kayak may be a better option than a sit-inside kayak as it has more room and is easier to get in and out of 2 . Also, consider that a wider kayak will provide more stability.