Originally Posted by flapagoes
He's gorgeous! Congrats about the baby too. When do you have to stop riding when you're pregnant? Is it later in the pregnancy or earlier?
Thank you for all the compliments on Toby, everybody!
Pregnant and riding? Personal decision, I feel.
My Dr. told me he was okay with "doing what you do normally" as long as I used common sense. My last ride was at 8 months because my pelvis was starting to ache too much with baby pressure. I couldn't mount in a normal manner-but I have a gentle horse and I could climb in the back of the truck and go from there. LOL I was only walking him around in familiar areas, not going on trail rides where the spook factor increases and I sure didn't take up barrel racing since I don't normally.
I think if your Dr says to stop before then, obviously you should. My Dr felt that the baby was safe, he says until later months they are cocooned enough in the bag of waters that I'd be more apt to be hurt in a fall than the baby. He feels that the gentle rocking and stretching of the muscles in riding position are good for the Mom's pelvis in prep for birth.Plus, I was riding a familiar, gentle horse and going for short, quiet rides. I know of women who ran barrels up into later monhths. I didn't feel that secure-my bones feel all loose, so I chose to go on boring rides instead and do more groundwork, etc. to keep my horses in shape and mentally focused.
I have had some criticism about riding at all, risking the baby was the argument. You know. I've fallen 3 times while pregnant, each time had NOTHING to do with a horse! In the shower, walking on a sidewalk and AT THE HOSPITAL for the ultrasound. LOL The baby was fine..my hands and knees are what suffered.
I also trimmed horses for as long as I could. I can still pick out my horses' feet. I tapered off more out of fear of a client' s horse kicking or jerking and me not being stable than it not being able to bend over (gotta LOVE yoga!)plus, it got hot and being pregnant makes one more susceptable to heat exhaustion.I last trimmed my own horses about 3 weeks ago (I'm actually 3 days past due as I write this)-again, I'm VERY familiar with them and could take my time. So in the end, it just depends on your body, what you are used to doing and what the Dr says you can/should.
I happen to love my Dr as he's not alarmed by horse activity. He says doing what you love is good for Mom's mental and emotional well being and keeps her fit. In fact, my Dr says I'm one of the fittest patients he's ever had-with the fewest complaints. I don't have any diabetes issues, or blood pressure. I've not had any swelling, I've stayed in my target weight range and my baby is thriving. I don't even have backaches. My complaint has been that I couldn't breathe while trying to bend over to trim. LOL So I'd say if you ride a good gentle horse, don't take extreme chances, ride until you can't.Listen to your Doctor and your body. There's no shame in stopping as soon as you find out you are expecting.
I DO miss a good canter on my horses, but that will come again. In the mean time, all the ground work has reinforced my bond with the horses. I have spent a lot of time just hanging out with them. I read a book in the yard while I let them "mow" and have groomed them within inches of their lives. I've discovered new treats they like and little quirks I never noticed before.