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    06-03-2011, 06:47 PM
Green Broke
There was a lady riding in the international ring still at 4 months along a few years ago.

The best thing to do would be talk to your doctor about it though, because some women will be able to do it, and some women won't. It will depend on a lot of variables, and would most likely be different for each individual person.
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    06-04-2011, 08:08 AM
Whether or not to ride when pregnant depends on a lot of different factors, the most important of which is your doctor's advice. Old wives' tales should be pretty far down the list, though they're unavoidable when pregnant.

For what it's worth, I rode until my 7th or 8th month, with my doctor's support. Here's what influenced that decision - I was very fit and healthy, and had a easy pregnancy, even though technically I was considered "high risk" as I was pregnant with my first child at 39. I was an ex professional and very experienced rider. I had a very safe and reliable horse. I just hacked lightly and trail rode, no jumping. I was advised not to get my heart rate above a certain level. Doctor also told me that during the first trimester, the risk in riding was primarily to the baby, but in the second and third trimester, the risk was mostly to me - the baby was well protected, but if I fell, I could sprain or tear an already stretched abdominal ligament and then have a painful delivery.

I stopped riding when my balance was so affected that I couldn't climb up on a fence to mount.

I know a lot of folks with similiar stories to mine; and I know a lot who stopped riding as soon as the pregnancy was confirmed. Neither is wrong, it's a highly personal decision.

Try searching this forum with "riding while pregnant" there are a bunch of threads on this subject and you'll get an even wider variety of opinions.
    06-04-2011, 08:49 AM
Thank you Maura, that is inspiring and helpful advice. Medical opinion seems to conflict!
And sorry, I'm a new member, hence why I hadn't seen all the old threads. Thanks for the tip.
    06-04-2011, 08:50 AM
Congrats on your pregnancy, and good luck, whatever you decide.
    06-04-2011, 10:06 AM
I know a rider that was competing up to 115cms up until she was 6 months pregnant!!

Depends on the rider and the horse
    06-05-2011, 11:31 AM
I didn't read the other posts, but I didn't ride when I was pregnant because I was simply too lazy, I also found out I was pregnant in December and I don't like to ride in the cold, so then once the weather warmed up I was too big, hot and uncomfortable to ride lol. Had I found out I was pregnant in say, april or may I probably would have rode. I know a lady who rode when she was 7 months pregnant and some even longer. I would say just flat work, jumping seems to risky to me.
    06-05-2011, 12:05 PM
My grandma read this and told me to write.... that it would depend on the rider, your condition while pregnent, the horse etc. basically what everyone else said, but she wanted me to say that theres always a risk, just like regular riding, but with riding while pregnent theres two of you at risk!
    06-06-2011, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
This is a highly personal decision that you need to decide using the judgement of your dr, baby's daddy (if he's in your life), and you. Every person and every pregnancy is different, what works for one person may not work for another. I was very fit and used to ride several horses a day 5-7 days a week and I barely showed until about halfway through. I stopped jumping the bigger stuff around the end of my first trimester and stopped jumping altogether sometime in the middle of my 2nd. About 7 mo or so it hurt to trot so I quit riding. I know another trainer who was doing grand prix at 7 mo and another trainer who rode 3 horses the day she delivered! I know 2 other trainers who quit riding the day they found out. Figure out what's best for you and your child and beware the old wives tales!

Something to add to what Maura said... your baby is actually protected well, but should you get hurt it is not good for the baby for YOU to get an xray or surgery and a lot of pain medications are off limits.
    06-06-2011, 02:43 PM
Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
The best thing to do would be talk to your doctor about it though, because some women will be able to do it, and some women won't. It will depend on a lot of variables, and would most likely be different for each individual person.
This and what Maura said.

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