Can You Ski During Pregnancy?

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By Dr. Lisa Smiley | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends not participating in downhill skiing during pregnancy1 due to the risk of falling, which can be harmful for you and your baby. Cross-country skiing may be a safe alternative.

Even if you’re an experienced downhill skier, you still have to worry about other skiers running into you while on the slopes. Falling, especially directly on the abdomen, could lead to preterm labor, placental abruption, hemorrhage, or premature rupture of membranes.2  Accidents while skiing could also lead to ankle and knee sprains, muscle strains, fractures, dislocations, or concussions. If you’re an experienced skier and would like to continue skiing, it would be worth a discussion with your healthcare provider to determine if it’s appropriate for you.

Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing are usually good alternatives for downhill skiing during pregnancy, just keep in mind that pregnant people are more at risk of falls3  due to the physical, hormonal, and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.

ACOG does recommend avoiding activities above 6,000 feet elevation (unless you already live at high altitude), so you would want to talk with your healthcare provider prior to participating in any activity if traveling.

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

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  1. ACOG"Exercise During Pregnancy: Frequently Asked Questions"https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/exercise-during-pregnancy.

  2. Mayoclinic"Falling during pregnancy"https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/fall-during-pregnancy/faq-20119023#:~:text=You%20could%20experience%20contractions%2C%20the,maternal%20circulation%20(fetomaternal%20hemorrhage)..

  3. Bulent Cakmak 1, Ahmet Inanir 2, Mehmet Can Nacar 3, Behcet Filiz 4"The effect of maternity support belts on postural balance in pregnancy"American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitationhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24412671/.


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Can You Ski During Pregnancy?

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By Dr. Lisa Smiley | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Ski During Pregnancy?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends not participating in downhill skiing during pregnancy1 due to the risk of falling, which can be harmful for you and your baby. Cross-country skiing may be a safe alternative.

Even if you’re an experienced downhill skier, you still have to worry about other skiers running into you while on the slopes. Falling, especially directly on the abdomen, could lead to preterm labor, placental abruption, hemorrhage, or premature rupture of membranes.2  Accidents while skiing could also lead to ankle and knee sprains, muscle strains, fractures, dislocations, or concussions. If you’re an experienced skier and would like to continue skiing, it would be worth a discussion with your healthcare provider to determine if it’s appropriate for you.

Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing are usually good alternatives for downhill skiing during pregnancy, just keep in mind that pregnant people are more at risk of falls3  due to the physical, hormonal, and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.

ACOG does recommend avoiding activities above 6,000 feet elevation (unless you already live at high altitude), so you would want to talk with your healthcare provider prior to participating in any activity if traveling.

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

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  1. ACOG"Exercise During Pregnancy: Frequently Asked Questions"https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/exercise-during-pregnancy.

  2. Mayoclinic"Falling during pregnancy"https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/fall-during-pregnancy/faq-20119023#:~:text=You%20could%20experience%20contractions%2C%20the,maternal%20circulation%20(fetomaternal%20hemorrhage)..

  3. Bulent Cakmak 1, Ahmet Inanir 2, Mehmet Can Nacar 3, Behcet Filiz 4"The effect of maternity support belts on postural balance in pregnancy"American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitationhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24412671/.


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