Serena Williams May Be Pregnant: How Safe Is Tennis In Pregnancy?

Editor’s notice: On Wednesday April 20, Serena Williams confirmed she is pregnant.

Tennis star Serena Williams hinted right now that she could also be pregnant, however is it secure for her to proceed serving up arduous hits on the court docket whereas she’s anticipating?

Earlier right now (April 19), Williams, who’s 35 and just lately received engaged, posted an image of herself to Snapchat with the caption “20 weeks,” in response to Sports activities Illustrated. Nevertheless, Williams later deleted the put up. If Williams’ being pregnant started 20 weeks in the past, this could imply that she was pregnant when she gained the Australian Open in January.

Specialists say that, normally, enjoying tennis is secure for pregnant girls, no less than in early being pregnant, though it might be dangerous in later being pregnant.

“Tennis remains to be sport for the common girl who’s pregnant as a result of it’s a average cardiovascular type of exercise,” stated Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an obstetrician/gynecologist at The Ohio State College Wexner Medical Middle, who will not be concerned in Williams’ care. Nevertheless, pregnant girls ought to play on the stage they’re accustomed to enjoying, Schaffir stated. Which means that, as a result of Williams is conditioned to play at a excessive stage, she may proceed to play at that stage in early being pregnant, Schaffir stated. However for the common girl, it would not be advisable to play for as lengthy or as depth as Williams does, he famous.

Williams is “an elite athlete who might be in peak bodily kind,” Schaffir stated. “The form of tennis that [she] performs is a a lot increased depth and period” than what the common girl performs, he stated. [11 Big Fat Pregnancy Myths]

Pregnant girls ought to communicate with their well being care supplier earlier than beginning any train routine throughout being pregnant, Schaffir stated.

Typically, if a lady is in any other case wholesome and is not at excessive threat for sure problems throughout being pregnant, she will be able to safely interact in most kinds of train, in response to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Actually, common train throughout being pregnant has numerous well being advantages, together with decreasing again ache, lowering the chance of gestational diabetes, strengthening the guts and blood vessels, and selling wholesome weight throughout being pregnant, ACOG stated.

Nevertheless, pregnant girls are typically suggested to keep away from sports activities that put them at elevated threat for falls, together with downhill snowboarding, water snowboarding, browsing, off-road biking, gymnastics and horseback driving, in response to ACOG. Girls are additionally suggested to keep away from sports activities that might put them vulnerable to getting hit within the stomach, equivalent to ice hockey, boxing, soccer and basketball.

Schaffir stated he would not think about tennis to be a sport to keep away from in early being pregnant, as a result of there’s a low threat of an affect to the physique. Nevertheless, later in being pregnant, a lady experiences modifications to her physique that might make enjoying tennis tougher and extra dangerous, and subsequently not advisable, Schaffir stated. [Blossoming Body: 8 Odd Changes That Happen During Pregnancy]

For instance, pregnant girls expertise a shift of their middle of gravity as their stomach will get bigger, which makes them extra prone to lose their steadiness or fall, ACOG stated. As well as, hormonal modifications throughout being pregnant trigger the joints to grow to be extra relaxed, which will increase the chance for damage — notably if a lady makes sudden, fast actions.

Schaffir stated that, due to these modifications, he didn’t suppose that Williams would be capable to proceed to play at her normal excessive stage within the later phases of her being pregnant.

“There are issues [about] enjoying actions that contain fast turns and sharp actions in the long run of being pregnant,” and so pregnant girls might should cease or modify their play in these circumstances, he stated.

All girls who train in being pregnant ought to be sure that to remain correctly hydrated, as a result of pregnant girls might get dehydrated extra shortly, Schaffir stated. Pregnant girls also needs to take heed to their physique whereas exercising — in the event that they really feel lightheaded, dizzy, fatigued or wanting breath, they need to cease what they’re doing and relaxation, he stated.

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