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    03-28-2013, 11:08 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
As said before, it's a personal choice. For me, I decided it was too risky. Parenthood is all about sacrifice, and I decided that I could not possibly go into parenthood starting off in a way that I considered selfish - knowingly risking the life of my unborn child. But, as I said, that is just how I felt.
Me too, having had two miscarriages and an ectopic it really didn't seem worth the risk, I doubt anything would have happened if I did, but if something did happen and knowing what it is like to lose a baby it really didn't seem worth the risk (and I had n't fallen off for 13 years when I was pregnant with my first child).
     
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    03-28-2013, 05:01 PM
  #12
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Life is filled with risks. Like others said, I can't say whether it's safe. Riding is a relatively safe sport if you know how to ride safely, but horses are living things with their own issues and needs and responses. No one can vouch for what another living thing will do at any given moment.

I didn't ride horses when I was making babies, but I did ride bicycles, which was pretty outrageous in the 70s.

One day when I was about four/five months in I was riding relatively slowly and fell over sideways. Like those silent films...just sort of went over. My doctor said it was probably because my son shifted and my weight and balance shifted with him. Fetuses are not very big at four/five months and the embryonic sac isn't either, but we're balanced beings, so balance might be an issue to consider. When I was falling, I can still remember not understanding why I was going over. Nothing had happened. I just went down. Boom. (I was fine, btw)

You could get a little cumbersome in your pregnancy - I carried large and out front. You may carry sleek and remain very hardy throughout and feel good right up to the end.

But there is nothing I can tell you except this: your body is what you live in and it's going to become a factory - it's going to change for a few months. You'll know what's good and what's not. Just listen to your body, listen especially when it hurts or if something seems wrong or uncomfortable.

If you're tired, don't ride yet - take a nap first. If you're hungry, eat first, then rest a bit, then ride. Stay fit. That's really important whether you ride or not, remaining fit. It will make delivery much easier. Take your vitamins and don't underestimate that you're going to have to go to the bathroom a million times a day at various points in your pregnancy. Don't dare yourself to be anything other than what you are any given day. Enjoy life, your horse, your body and best of all, your pregnancy. It's nice to be pregnant. Someday you'll tell your kids about what it was like to carry them and they'll love hearing those stories.
     
    03-29-2013, 10:21 PM
  #13
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Originally Posted by wild old thing    
Life is filled with risks. Like others said, I can't say whether it's safe. Riding is a relatively safe sport if you know how to ride safely, but horses are living things with their own issues and needs and responses. No one can vouch for what another living thing will do at any given moment.

I didn't ride horses when I was making babies, but I did ride bicycles, which was pretty outrageous in the 70s.

One day when I was about four/five months in I was riding relatively slowly and fell over sideways. Like those silent films...just sort of went over. My doctor said it was probably because my son shifted and my weight and balance shifted with him. Fetuses are not very big at four/five months and the embryonic sac isn't either, but we're balanced beings, so balance might be an issue to consider. When I was falling, I can still remember not understanding why I was going over. Nothing had happened. I just went down. Boom. (I was fine, btw)

You could get a little cumbersome in your pregnancy - I carried large and out front. You may carry sleek and remain very hardy throughout and feel good right up to the end.

But there is nothing I can tell you except this: your body is what you live in and it's going to become a factory - it's going to change for a few months. You'll know what's good and what's not. Just listen to your body, listen especially when it hurts or if something seems wrong or uncomfortable.

If you're tired, don't ride yet - take a nap first. If you're hungry, eat first, then rest a bit, then ride. Stay fit. That's really important whether you ride or not, remaining fit. It will make delivery much easier. Take your vitamins and don't underestimate that you're going to have to go to the bathroom a million times a day at various points in your pregnancy. Don't dare yourself to be anything other than what you are any given day. Enjoy life, your horse, your body and best of all, your pregnancy. It's nice to be pregnant. Someday you'll tell your kids about what it was like to carry them and they'll love hearing those stories.
Well said :)
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    03-29-2013, 10:29 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I rode until the week before I had my first, with the second, I was much more uncomfortable so I stopped sooner. I was back in the saddle a couple weeks after both though. I loved the way my doctor put it. "It's not the riding that's the problem, its the falling off. Just don't fall off." So yes, I took precautions. Yes, I rode trustworthy mounts in only the best conditions, but no, I couldn't just stop altogether.
     

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