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Hi Mr Kandeel, please answer my 2 question as below:
1. My wife feels that she is in her very earlsy stage of pregnancy. We have not been to a doctor yet because we will wait for a few more weeks. Insha'Allah it will be what we expect it to be. My question is - I have heard that during the early stages of pregnancy a woman has got to be very careful with her physical activities. Now, can we go together to a water theme park? This theme park has quite a few vigorous rides. Is this kind of a physical exertion harmful for her and the expected baby?
2. Is there any harm if we continue to have sex (using condoms). I have people say otherwise.

Please answer the above 2 questions. Thank you


Usually sex have nothing to do with being pregnant in normal women. Heavy activities as vigorous rides are better avoided even in normal women.

In other ocassions as in women pregnant in twins, both sex and rides are not allowed. in some other ocassions if a woman had a previous miscarriage, previous preterm labor,they should also be avoided. In a minority of cases, inherent factors may also be present that do not allow these activities.

My advice is to that you both can have sex with condoms but avoid the vigorous rides.

Good Luck

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Mohamed Kandeel


I can answer questions about antenatal care, medical problems associated with pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum care.


Currently I am working as a Professor of Obstetrics gynecology, Menofyia University, Egypt. Since 1987, I worked in many university and private hospitals with a high load of pregnant population averaging 7-9,000 deliveries/year. This exposed me to all problems associated with pregnancy, labor and delivery. I had my doctorate degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1996 in the use of Doppler ultrasound in high risk pregnancies.

Menofyia University, Egypt

-British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Kandil M) -Egyptian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Kandil M) -Ain Shams Journal of Medicine (Kandil M)

-Master's degree in obstetrics and Gynecology 1989 -Doctorate degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology 1996

Awards and Honors
Editorial advisor: Fetal monitoring section of the international website

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