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Is Skiing While Pregnant Safe?

By Amy Morrison

If you're an avid skier, you may wonder if it's safe to hit the slopes while you're pregnant. The good news is that skiing is generally considered safe during pregnancy, as long as you take a few precautions.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, skiing while pregnant is generally safe in moderation. The study followed more than 1,500 women who skied during pregnancy and found no increased risk of premature birth, low birth weight, or other complications. However, it's important to note that this study only included women who skied on groomed slopes and not those who participated in more extreme skiing activities. (There haven't been any studies done on backcountry heli skiing.)

Here are some other tips to keep in mind if you plan to ski while pregnant:

  • Stick to groomed slopes: Avoid more extreme activities like backcountry skiing or terrain parks, which carry a higher risk of falls and injuries.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which is especially important at high elevations.
  • Listen to your body: If you start to feel tired or uncomfortable, don't push yourself. Take breaks as needed and don't hesitate to call it a day if you're not feeling up to it.

It's also worth noting that skiing can carry some risks for non-pregnant individuals as well, such as the risk of falls, epic wipeouts or collisions. Or, if you're like me, skiing into a hay bale because you couldn't master 'pizza, french fry'.

As with any physical activity during pregnancy, there are potential risks to consider so it's worth running this by your healthcare provider before skiing. Every pregnancy is unique, and your doctor or midwife can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation.

In conclusion, skiing during pregnancy can be safe if done in moderation and with proper precautions. As always, consult with your healthcare provider before engaging in any physical activity during pregnancy.

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