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        08-31-2011, 07:05 AM
    When I was pregnant, my doc encouraged me to continue doing the type of exercise my body was already used to doing.
    As long as your pregnancy is not high risk, you should be able to clean your horse's stall up until the day you give birth. Just take your time, maybe only half fill the wheel barrow during your last month or so.
    As far as riding, most docs will not officially ok it, as it is a high risk activity. That being said, I still cantered through my six month, and walked through my eighth.
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        08-31-2011, 07:13 AM
    I rode well into my third trimester, with my doctor's knowledge and permission.

    AND I was technically considered a high risk pregnancy, as it was a first pregnancy at 39. My doctor also believed in maintaining your activity level.

    I stopped riding when I was so big that my balance was affected. When I had trouble climbing on the fence to get on the horse, I decided it was time.

    I also had a full range of physical activity; my doctor's guidance was to avoid raising my heartrate into the aerobic range but other than that, I had a very fit and active pregnancy.

    Your husband sounds sweet and concerned, but maybe not as well infromed as he needs to be. Maybe you should have him come to youi next check up so he can talk to the doctor?
        08-31-2011, 08:19 AM
    Is he also concerned about bedroom activities? Sounds like he needs to visit your OB & ask some questions. Congrats on your 1st baby!!!
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        08-31-2011, 10:24 AM
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    I'd suggest HE clean the stall, he'd probably change his tune pretty fast!

    Staying active is going to make your PG much easier. With my first I worked a billion hours at a desk job and I was miserable. Everything swelled, hurt and it was just awful, I ended up going on maternity leave 6 weeks before she was born and I was too exhausted and in pain to do anything but lay around.

    2nd kiddo I wasn't working and our whole house was under re-model. I literally ran around town, back and forth to lumber yards, appliances stores and so forth with a toddler in tow right until I went into labor and I felt great! This PG was a high risk and had way, way more complications but because I didn't spend it on my rear, it went so much better than the 1st.

    Your horse won't care who cleans his stall, if it upsets your husband that much, have someone else do it and while they're cleaning, take your horse out and hand-walk/graze him. He'll appreciate it and it'll still keep you moving.
        08-31-2011, 10:50 AM
    Wow nice. He is a very handsome boy. Poco=) he refuses to clean it out he says he is going to pay someone to do it. He isnt a horse person. I don't think he has ever ridden a horse in his life. I have been trying to get him up on a horse but I think he is scared.
        08-31-2011, 11:01 AM
    And thank you every one for the great advice. I really appreciate it. =)
        08-31-2011, 11:12 AM
    And I have noticed that since I have stopped a lot of my activities to ease his worrys I have had more back aces and I have more morning sickness, delfina. It totaly makes sense. He suggests that I go walk on the treadmill at the gym but that is so boring and mind numming. But it is in his eyes a safe activity.
        08-31-2011, 12:44 PM
    Green Broke
    If your doctor is supportive of you continuing activity, I suggest you get your hubby to go with you to your next check up and have the doctor tell him it is good for you to keep up the activities your body is used to. With the first, I rode until I was literally too big and off balance to get into the saddle, about 8 1/2 months along. My friends joked that I would go into labor on the horse. I was actually cleaning stalls when I went into labor with my first. It was probably a good thing to speed it along, better than walking, IMO.

    I didn't do as much with the second, because I had a c-section with the first, and was constantly uncomfortable from about the 3rd month on, because of the pressure being put on the scar tissue. But I still rode and worked in the barn until my body told me enough was enough.

    I think it's sweet that he is concerned, but I think he is taking it too far, and likely it will take someone like your doctor to ease his fears. And even then it may not.
        08-31-2011, 02:23 PM
    I know one thing! You should start shopping for a LEADLINE PONY!!!

    The doctor of my one friend suggested for her to stop RIDING after the baby grew to big to be protected my the pelvic bone/cup (idk. I probably sound like a goof) ... in the early stages the baby is protected inside the pelvic cup (this is from memory so I could be TOTALLY off...) one the baby grows beyond it it is at risk it case of a fall.

    However I know of a woman who rode right up until a week before her due date! She said that her hip joints were more relaxed and she loved it! She could conform to her horse better and aid him better lol

    I would think cleaning a stall would be absolutely FINE if you and the baby are in good health with no complications or high risk pregnancy... and good for mental health as well. I always think that nobody does it as good as the owners does anyway. You need to enjoy taking care of your horse in some way!

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