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        01-07-2013, 02:30 PM
      #11
    Started
    It's really a personal decision between yourself and your doctor.

    I rode until 6 months with my last baby - but that was because I didnt know I was expecting!! I stopped when I found out... because quite frankly I developed my bump overnight and with the shock of finding out - my whole body went through a huge amount of change very quickly.

    My first pregnancy I stopped right away - I didn't have my own horse and was riding TBs and breakers.... I didnt have a horse that I would trust so stopped.

    In between the two I had a baby that I lost... oddly I stopped riding very early on after getting a huge amount of pressure from those around me... to this day I find it amazing the contrast between that and my little boy who is strong, healthy and full of life and I was riding regularly for so long.
         
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        01-08-2013, 10:47 PM
      #12
    Trained
    It's all about acceptable risk, just like anything else in life. You have to decide for yourself what risks you think are acceptable to take when you are pregnant, no one can tell you.

    For me, the risk of riding at all far outweighed any benefits. I stopped riding when I found out I was expecting, both times. It was just not worth it for me.
         
        01-08-2013, 11:07 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    When I was pregnant, I asked my doctor and she said "Riding in itself isn't going to hurt the baby, it's the falling off that could" I stopped riding at about 3 months, and when I did ride it was on a trustworthy horse and really low-key riding. It's up to you, but just... What if? Ya know? I hate to live my life by that, but when it came to my baby I had waited so long to have, I didn't want to risk it. I understand you make your living riding, so did I at the time. It wasn't half of our income, but a good chunk of it, and I stopped working with horses at 3 months prego too.
         
        01-10-2013, 12:37 PM
      #14
    Showing
    WH, do the search - there are several threads on it. I rode through the 1st trimester, my doctor said exercise all you want as long as it's something you did for years. I stopped riding but only because I developed a bad motion sickness (so had to get off the horse to vomit, excuse my details). Both my trainers rode into 8th month. So it all depends on how you feel.

    And congrats! :)
         
        01-10-2013, 02:51 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    My Dr. Said to keep riding until about 5 months along...after that the baby starts to affect your center of gravity and is no longer small enough to be protected by your pubic bone..

    I rode up until I was 6 months..decided to stop when my horse crowhopped (her feet didnt even leave the ground- it was tiny!) and that threw me so off balance that I decided it would be a good idea to stop:)

    I know a girl who competed in cutting weeeelllll into her pregnancy and even won a saddle.. So Its up to you and what you are comfortable with. I do think it would be smart for you to only ride trustworthy horses though..
         
        01-10-2013, 03:11 PM
      #16
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    As the others say but, I will add that women who ride a lot have very strong internal muscles and this does not always bode well for delivering a baby!

    Most of my friends that were pregnant rode until about 6 months.
         
        01-11-2013, 11:53 AM
      #17
    Trained
    I gave up riding almost immediately, (found out when we were on a camping/riding trip and I couldn't get a beer down or out of my camp chair). I did train and work with mine on a regular basis but only from the ground. Halter broke a gentle filly etc. I think it's all up to the individual, but any more than 6 months would be too risky for me.

    I wish I had been one of those tiny magical women who barely gain, have little to no sickness, and poop out tiny babies... .
    When I was preggo I was in terrible shape! My belly was giant, my whole body was terribly swollen, and I was sick as a dog through the whole thing. I ended up having an 11 pound baby girl via cesarian . There was no way I could crawl on a horse, let alone ride it...

    Can you work with some already halter broke yearlings/2 year olds instead? Ground work, breaking them to saddle, whatever?
         
        01-12-2013, 11:35 AM
      #18
    Trained
    I rode until I was 8 months but no way would I be training on a horse while I was pregnant.
         
        01-12-2013, 11:59 AM
      #19
    Started
    One of my friends rode until 7 days before she gave birth. She was back in the saddle 7 days later. She made sure only to do nice easy riding on a trusted mare up near the end and she is very fit to start with, and attributes being able to keep at it and having an easy birth to keeping herself strong and healthy and active the whole time. FWIW.
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        01-12-2013, 12:21 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Well right now, we are night calving. So I'm out dragging calf skids all night on only my trustworthy horses. I'm due April fourth. And I was really super tiny before I got pregnant and so it's all really affecting my balance. But once again, it cuts our income in half when I quit. I haven't had any problems so far, I haven't came close to any accidents.
         

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