Not All Sports Are Safe, But Is This One?
I love to play sports, and I just discovered that I am pregnant (5-6 weeks). Is it okay to play a game or two of touch football, or is that too much of a risk? - Kelley in Dallas, Texas
The expert answers
Touch football can get pretty rough, so it's not a sport I'd recommend during pregnancy. Your main goal is to grow a healthy baby -- why take a risk of injuring yourself or your baby?
I'd rather see you switch to other non-contact sports such as tennis, or individual physical activities such as biking, running or race walking, aerobics, or doing drills on your own for your favorite sports so you don't lose your skills.
The nine months of your pregnancy will go by quickly, and then there will be time to play all the touch football you desire -- I bet your baby will be your biggest fan!