Is Skiing While Pregnant Safe?

From what I can gather, everyone worries about skiing and physical activity because you could seriously wipe out and miscarry or go in to premature labor.

The further along you get in your pregnancy, the more off-balance you are so the more likely you are to fall. Although the way some sites described it, you would think you have trouble standing up in the last few months so I don’t know how much of a danger that really is.

It sounds like you would have to suffer a major trauma (like car accident proportions) to do damage but if you suffer that kind of trauma you have a bit problem anyway. Non?

Pregnancy was an excuse to sit my fat ass on the couch and watch it grow but you may be the athletic type so suit yourself. Speaking of suits, if you do hit the slopes, be sure to wear one of those skin tight performance racer suits – it would be worth it just to see the lift operator’s reaction.

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  • My doc told me I could ski until 16 weeks, he was very clear about that, saying that after that point, the baby moves higher and is more prone to injury. I stopped at 15 because my balance was making me tentative and a fell on my rear – I realized, why risk it? Yes, more fun on the couch…

  • It is funny to see the wildly different advice different docs give on this subject.

    A friend of mine was told she needs to stop horseback riding NOW (she's in her first trimester), and don't even get near a horse because they might randomly kick her in the stomach.

    My old riding instructor rode until she went into labor (literally, her water broke while she was riding). Admittedly, she did cut back on her hardcore riding schedule, and stopped schooling babies/naughty ponies once she started getting big.

    My mom, who happens to be an OBGYN, rode when she was pregnant with me until some point during her second trimester (that is clearly why I have been pony-crazy my whole life. ;-)). She said she just didn't feel safe anymore, because her balance was so off. She tells her patients to do what feels comfortable and safe, and that no one knows better than you do what is a dangerous activity (at least when it comes to sports).

  • I would say if you you do fall do call your doc, my hubby and I have different blood types. I had a very light fall at 18 wks and altough there was no cramping or bleeding, I was asked to go to hospital to get a scan and an anti-D injection. Baba is fine but better safe than sorry

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