Can Jumping Up And Down Harm Your Unborn Baby?
PHOTO BY @isabelledaza/Instagram and screencap from @nicole_andersson/Instagram
  • It was a weekend to remember when longtime couple Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff tied the knot in Queensland, New Zealand. Based on the photos posted by their guests' social media, everyone had a blast starting from the welcome dinner to the reception. There was one video, however, that was not about the couple but ended up going viral on Twitter.

    During the wedding reception, preggo Isabelle Daza was caught on video jumping up and down while holding her baby bump with one hand as she danced to hit song "Despacito." According to netizens, blogger-host Nicole Anderson, presumably the one who took the video and posted it as an Instagram story (a feature that lets users post photos and videos and erases it after 24 hours), could be heard telling the preggo mom, "Hoy, yung anak mo!" 

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    Isabelle has been the subject of bashing even before she announced that she and husband Adrien Semblat are expecting their first child — and the video did not slip past the netizens' radar. Many found the hilarity of the moment, but there were some people expressed concern for her unborn baby.

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    So, was Isabelle's act of jumping up and down a risk for her unborn baby? 

    The amniotic sac safely cushions the baby inside the mother's womb and does a great job of protecting the baby from light jumps, bumps and shaking. It's why a pregnant woman can do 20- to 30-minute exercises daily, barring any pregnancy complications. If you're unsure, just always ask your doctor.

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    In fact, as long as your pregnancy is not a delicate one (and your doctor says it's okay), preggos are encouraged to exercise and work out but do so with a light to moderate intensity two to three times a week. An expecting woman should not be overexerting herself. A good gauge is you can still carry a conversation while moving, without having to catch your breath. Too intense workouts can lead to dehydration and divert blood flow from the placenta to the muscles.

    Light jumping exercises are okay, but jumping jacks and other bouncing exercises are mostly not recommended for preggos because it can loosen the ligaments and joints. A pregnant woman's body releases a hormone called relaxin that helps relax the pelvic muscles come labor and delivery time. Vigorous jumping can also pose serious risks such as preterm labor, miscarriage, and vaginal bleeding.  

    Isabelle, who is about five months pregnant, continues a fit and active lifestyle. She has even gone hiking and engages in other forms of exercise. We doubt that any preggo would knowingly put herself and her unborn baby in harm's way. We shouldn't be too quick to judge, and honestly, it looked like the preggo girl was just having fun. 

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