Rowing is a sport which requires great stamina and concentration because of the great pressure under which the blades have to be operated to move the boat forward. Just like any other sport, rowing too has some minor risks of injury like back pain, fatigue, etc. But, the case is different when it comes to pregnant women who row.

The Medical Sub Committee of ARA has issued statements about Rowing and Pregnancy to ensure the safety of both the mother and the foetus while she indulges in rowing activities. If you are a pregnant mother looking to indulge in rowing exercise or if you know someone who is, the following advises may be of much help to you.

Intensity Reduction Rowing exercises may be continued by pregnant women unless or until they feel pain or uncomfortable while in the session. But, it is necessary to reduce the amount intensity and duration of the exercise sessions in order to leave a low impact over the physical condition of a mother. If pain occurs and persists for a long time, it is always advisable to stop exercising immediately.

Trimester Calculation Rowing or any other exercise is not so dangerous during the first three months (First Trimester) and could not possible lead to miscarriage, until it is done so vigorously such that the body is heated to an undesirable level.

After 12 weeks, the uterus becomes directly vulnerable to damages when there is a blow or any other trauma. The chances of blowing the uterus is high in rowing as inexperienced rowers or improper technique could lead to the handle of the blade hitting the stomach region, subsequently leading to damage or injury. Thus, it is advisable to be very cautious while rowing after 12 weeks of pregnancy, even if there are not any reports about pregnant women being injured due to rowing in this period.

It is also possible in women to stop having periods because of heavy and rigorous training. This may sometimes lead them to not know even if they are pregnant. So, it is advisable for women with period problems to consult professional advice from a healthcare expert often, especially if they have chances of getting pregnant.

Weight Training Lightweight rowers and Coxswain rowers who are pregnant should avoid weight training completely as the chances of damages are higher for them than any other weight category or position. Also, pregnant women, who belong to other weight category or position, should take ultimate care in weight training as it may lead to back pain. Read also Everything You should known about Rowing and Weil’s Disease