For many women, pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement. But it can also be a time of confusion, particularly when it comes to hobbies and activities. Can you still play tennis? What about horseback riding? And can you golf while pregnant?

Being pregnant doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite hobbies - including golf! Playing a round of golf while pregnant can actually be beneficial for you and your baby. Walking the course gets you some much-needed exercise, and fresh air, and can help reduce stress levels. Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind when playing golf while pregnant.

Things to Keep in Mind When Playing Golf While Pregnant

First and foremost, it's important to consult with your physician before engaging in any activity during pregnancy, including golf. Secondly, stay hydrated. The American Pregnancy Association recommends that women who are pregnant drink eight to 12 glasses of fluid a day. And if you're exercising or playing golf you'll want to drink even more.

So make sure to pack plenty of water (or your favorite sports drink) and take breaks often to rehydrate. Heat can also raise medical issues for you and the baby, so avoid playing when it's hottest - early morning or evening rounds are best. And if there's bright sunlight make sure to wear A Golf Visor to Keep you Cool, Stylish, and Out of the Sun.

It's probably wise to avoid any courses with lots of hills or big elevation changes; walking up and down inclines can be tough on your legs and back. Also, make sure to pack an extra sleeve or two of the best golf balls for women. It's won't be worth it rummaging through the bushes, trees, and rough terrain searching for an errant tee shot or two. And finally, you may want to consider avoiding any tournaments or competitions (more about this later); after all, there's no need to add any extra stress during pregnancy!

And if you fatigue easily or you’re nearing the end of your term, consider using a cart instead of walking the course. It's important to listen to your body and not overdo it. Pregnancy is not the time to push yourself physically. Get your rounds in while you can, because it will be more difficult to hit the links after your baby arrives!

Pregnant Professional Tour Players

We suggested not playing tournaments to avoid the stress. But that hasn't stopped several LPGA golfers from enjoying success while they were pregnant. Nancy Lopez, Julie Inkster, and Laurie Diaz are just a few of the ladies that have played LPGA tournaments while pregnant. In fact, there is even a Scottish LPGA member, Catorina Matthew who won a tournament while 5 months pregnant in 2009.

So there you have it - a few things to keep in mind when playing golf while pregnant. As long as you stay hydrated, don't play in the heat of the day, and listen to your body, you can enjoy a round or two of golf during your pregnancy. Just remember - get your rounds in while you can! Once that little one arrives, hitting the links will be low on your list of priorities!

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