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post #1 of 34 Old 04-07-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Riding while pregnant?

Not quite sure where this would go but figured this would be as good a place as any.

I was wondering who currently is or was in the past pregnant and still did mild amount of riding? What were/are your experiences? Did your doctor agree to it or not?

I cam currently 11 weeks pregnant and would be riding a very trusted pony only walking and shorter periods of time. And of course would listen to my body to tell me when I cannot do any more. This horse is trully bombproof and would trust him with my life. He has proven it time and time again even one very bad situation on a pony sweep that he was connected to while the other pony freaked out to the point of rearing trying to run forward etc. nearly tearing the sweep out of the ground but still managing to tear of the pole he was connected to and running around the sweep, this pony stood there stock still calm cool and collected and just waiting for the situation to get under control. So yes he is trully bombproof.

I have asked my doctor about it and she has said no because I could fall off. Which honestly that is not a very good reason for me because I know this horse and there is no medical reason she was able to give me.

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post #2 of 34 Old 04-07-2011, 06:31 PM
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No doctor will give you the ok to ride, the sport is just inherently too dangerous.
This is what I did, however.
I rode as per normal (trail riding, w/t/c) until @ 5 or 6 mos. I was just starting to really show.
From 6 to 8 mos, I rode at a walk or jog, just around the barn, never off the property.
I did not ride my last 4 to 6 weeks.
My horse is usually very quiet, as well.
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post #3 of 34 Old 04-07-2011, 06:47 PM
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I've been debating this with my soon to be husband as well, we want to have kids and I'm in "nesting" mode, and considering all of this. It came up when my sister in law (well I call her that, but she's not really yet) was saying she's never having kids because it would stop her riding.. I know I can trust Rusty, and I think by the time I'm pregnant Rosie will be a quiet horse too, we just have a few discipline issues at present, lol.

But this is a few years down the track, and I'm of the opinion I will be riding during my pregnancy/ies. I'm definitely planning on keeping fit, and riding also helps with flexibility, which my other sister in law is really finding, her baby is due soon and she's very immobile, she doesn't have the flexibility or the core strength to move much.

I've seen horse people give it up on doctors orders and then find it hard to get back on afterwards, it's been too long and it's too hard to find the time with a young baby.. they lack the motivation, and well they've gone without it for so long now! I don't want to be that person.. dispising my pregnancy for it's limitations (and inherantly my child) and ending up with postnatal depression after the birth. I plan on feeling my way through my pregnancy and just doing what I feel comfortable with, but I'm interested in other's thoughts. Subscribing!
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I rode into my third trimester of pregnancy, with my doctor's approval, even though I was technically considered "high-risk" because it was my first pregnacy and I was 39.

His rules were - light riding only, nothing that got my heart rate above a certain point. No jumping, and only riding a well-broke trusted horse. So I happily trail rode as much as possible.

He also said that "I would know" when it was time to stop. I knew that when I lost my balance climbing on the fence in order to mount at 8 months that it was time to stop.

Other info - 1st trimester, the risk is primarily to the baby in the event of a fall. 2nd trimester, the risk is primarily to you - the baby is well protected in your womb if you fall, but your inguinal ligaments are starting to stretch, and if you sprain or rupture them, delivery is going to be difficult and painful. Third trimester, your balance starts to be compromised.
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Something I was told by a girlfriend, who rides... Excerise is great and she doesn't think riding while pregnant is terrible if you have a safe mount. But she did say that a doctor warned her delivery is more difficult for an active rider. Something about the muscles in your "neather" region are toughened from riding and do not give during child birth... Resulting in the doctors needing to "cut" you more. Neway. I don't have kids. I am not currently planning kids. I learned this in casual conversation with girlfriends over drinks. Seemed to make sence. Might be worth checking it out with your doctor to see if it's accurate.
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I rode as long as I could. My OB was a lot like Maura's (his wife is a rider so that helps!) I rode until I felt "wobbly" around 7 1/2 months. Of course I stayed off the greenies. I spent lots of time on my semi-retired mares & did light riding, enough to keep them fit and me sane. I will say finding riding time & the energy for it AFTER the baby gets here is a whole different story! I took a few months off and it was a bit tough to get back into full riding mode. My daughter is now 5 and rides with me, it's great :)

That's an interesting theory about the muscles. I had a super easy delivery, labor was intensive for 2 days but the actual delivery was cake. I kind of think riding muscles actually helped me push, but now I'm curious if that played a part in a lengthy labor...hmmmm

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post #7 of 34 Old 04-07-2011, 07:52 PM
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yeah, workman, I'm not buying that one.

If anything, fit abdominal and pelvic muscles are an asset during labor and delivery. To put it crudely, you try pushing a pot roast through a Pringle's can sometime and tell me if fit muscle or unfit muscle is more useful.

My doctor was in favor of things that kept me active, fit and happy. I adored my doctor, and he delivered me of a happy, healthy 8 pound baby girl 12 and 1/2 years ago.
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It is a very personal decision and it is totally up to you. If you want to ride and you feel safe then do so.

Riding is risky, but so is driving a car. It is your personal balance when that is too much.

If you do ride, I would count it as fun and not an education for a badly behaving horse, have someone else end the lesson on a good note.

Personally for me, I would ride but I would not push it, just gentle trails. But you are you, do what is right for you, and congrats!
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post #9 of 34 Old 04-08-2011, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thats for the tips everyone. I was planning on riding on the trails or in arena walking only to be on the safe side. And of course the horse is very trustworthy. I have known several women who have ridden up until the day they went into labor, even one competing at Scottsdale at 8 months. I don't plan on anything intensive like that for my own peace of mind and what I feel comfortable with is walking only. This was totally unplanned for my husband and I as neither of us were planning on ever having any kids so never thought about what I would do about riding while pregnant.

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post #10 of 34 Old 04-08-2011, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike View Post
No doctor will give you the ok to ride, the sport is just inherently too dangerous.
That is not true at all.

My friends and boarders have all been told as long as it's not a new activity, it's fine. As the gestation progresses, there are limitations imposed. No colt starting, etc.

I have one boarder at 7 months right now. I work the horse for her and she pops on to cool it down.
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