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  • When to start riding after giving birth
  • How long after a c section can i ride horses

 
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    07-16-2012, 12:02 AM
  #1
Weanling
Riding Again After Childbirth?

Hello All,
I am 38 weeks pregnant and I cannot wait to get back on the horses again! I'm wondering about how long it takes for most women to heal after childbirth. I have heard different things from different people. Most have said that they just take it slowly and start riding when they feel that they can. If that is how most women go about getting back to riding, then how long did it take for you? I have yet to ride Tia very much since I was already pregnant when I got her and so my rides have been very limited with her. I am just curious how long it takes.
     
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    07-16-2012, 12:05 AM
  #2
Trained
It's very individual. I know someone who started riding a couple of weeks after and I know someone else who waited a few months. It really comes down to how the birth goes and how you feel after.
     
    07-16-2012, 12:36 AM
  #3
Yearling
After #1 I was back at it in about 2 months (I had a c-section), but ONLY for little bits at a time. #2 was about 5 months, but that was cause he was born in Dec. And I really didn't feel like riding during the winter
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    07-17-2012, 06:41 AM
  #4
Foal
40 days - 9 months

Hello,

Well, in general, before doing any kind of exercise that is not directly for birth recovery, you should at least wait 40 days and the visit to your doc.

But, until you have totally recovered from a child, it takes you again 9 months from the day of birth.

So anywhere between these two dates you should be able to get back on the horse. However, never do anything without asking your doc beforehand. You could do a lot of damage to your body iy you don't wait enough time. I recommend you anyways to do it in a progressive way, and not to do the most difficult and physically challenging stuff from the beginning on.

And most important: do often and correctly your post-birth-exercises, trhey help you to get all that region back as it was in order to have a fast and perfect recovery.
     
    07-17-2012, 08:27 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I felt good right after and had no restrictions from my doctor. He is also a rancher so familiar with riding.

I rode three days after the birth of my first child. Within a week for each of mine.
     
    07-17-2012, 09:46 AM
  #6
Showing
HH, very much depends on person. If you have C-section, you are advised to wait for 6 weeks (although I know some people who started riding at 4 weeks). If you had a normal one and no complications and you feel good, some people start to ride again in 2-3 weeks. However if something doesn't feel right I'd talk to the doctor first. Personally I wouldn't get on a horse right after, because the bones are still "soft", so if you fall or something goes wrong it's easier to break something.

And congrats, BTW! :) Who are you expecting - boy or girl?
     
    07-17-2012, 01:00 PM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks guys! As much as I'd rather not hear that it takes that long, I know that its just stupid to push yourself and end up worse off than before. I was hopeful it didn't take so long, but what can you do right? There was talk of a c section at my last appointment due to having a larger baby than they believe I can handle...but we are still unsure of how this will work out.

All I know is they better make up their minds soon! Baby is dropped, I've been sick as a dog and having braxton hicks all day for the past few days, and I keep having dreams about it happening soon too. I made it to 39 weeks so I guess it could be any day now.

And I am expecting a boy. His name will be/is Samuel Eric Christopher McGahey.
(a mouthful really, but I had to give credit to my father Eric and my biological father Christopher.)
     
    07-17-2012, 01:28 PM
  #8
Green Broke
It's so individual and dependent on how the actual birth went.

My first kiddo, I was barely walking 6 weeks later. No way would I have even considered getting on a horse! Didn't help that I ended up with 22 stitches that took forever to heal.

Second kiddo, I was up and running around within 24hrs of giving birth. I had 2 teeny lil stitches that gave me absolutely no issues and I didn't even realize I had them (Dr asked at my visit about them and I was like huh? You put stitches in?). I could easily have hopped back on for a light meander come day 3 or 4 but things being what they were and our whole house under construction, I was off shopping at Home Improvement stores, chasing down contractors, ripping out drywall and running after the plumber while carrying around a newborn.

Oh and my 2nd kid was 3lbs BIGGER than the 1st! After the delivery I thought it would be months before I could do anything again based on my last delivery but after a good long nap, I was like OMG I feel great and I can actually walk instead waddle! LOL So off I went...!

Just take it easy, enjoy your baby and you'll know when YOU are ready.
     
    07-17-2012, 02:41 PM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by Horses4Healing    
And I am expecting a boy. His name will be/is Samuel Eric Christopher McGahey.
Beautiful name!

Don't worry too much in advance: you'll see how you feel after the delivery. Just don't force yourself on horse just because you "have to": it's better to wait a little longer and be safe.
     

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