Are School Sports and Activites Safe?


Dear Midwife,
I am only a few weeks into the first trimester, I am still in school and have a fitness class. I was wondering if it be fine to run or play volleyball or anything of that sort?

I am hoping any of these would not give me a miscarriage.


The main things to avoid are falls and bumps on the belly. Let your body be your guide as far as running goes (your center of gravity will gradually change), but I would have more questions about vigorous volleyball.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.