Bowling During Pregnancy: Is It Safe? Exploring the Risks of Miscarriage

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Miscarriages, or the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks, have been linked to many potential causes. One potential cause that has recently garnered attention is bowling – and whether it can contribute to a miscarriage. In this blog post we will look at what’s known about the possible link between bowling and miscarriages and how it could be potentially avoided.

What We Know About Miscarriage and Bowling

It is generally accepted that there is no direct causative relationship between bowling and miscarriage, but some evidence suggests that certain activities related to bowling may increase the risk of miscarriage. For example, studies have shown that excessive bowling during the first trimester of pregnancy can lead to abdominal trauma, which could increase the risk of miscarriage. Additionally, excessive physical activity during early pregnancy can increase the chances of having a poor outcome, such as preterm labor or low birth weight babies. As with any physical activity during pregnancy, expectant mothers should talk with their doctor before engaging in strenuous activity like bowling.

Another factor to consider is the stress levels associated with bowling, particularly when competing in tournaments or leagues where high-stakes situations occur frequently. It is possible that increased adrenaline levels due to competition stressors may contribute to an increased risk of an unfavorable outcome such as preterm labor or miscarriage. However, this possibility has yet to be studied directly, so no definitive conclusions can be made at this time.


Overall, there is currently not enough evidence directly connecting bowling with miscarriage. However, some circumstantial evidence suggests that certain aspects of bowling, such as strenuous physical exertion, may increase the risk of an unfavorable birthing experience, such as preterm labor or miscarriage. Therefore, it is recommended that pregnant women speak with their healthcare provider before engaging in any physical activity, including bowling, to determine the best course of action for their individual situation.