By Abi Berwager Schreier, Jan 26, 2022

OB-GYN Kecia Gaither agrees and says that any potentially strenuous outdoor activity should always be cleared with your healthcare provider, but sledding specifically falls under a warning. “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends ‘activities with a high risk of falling or abdominal trauma should be avoided during pregnancy.’ Sledding is a major risk for collision and abdominal injury,” she says. “​​Trauma to the abdomen can cause placental abruption — separation of the placenta from the uterus, while the fetus is still inside of the womb — which can fatally injure both mother and child.”

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