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    09-02-2009, 01:00 PM
  #11
Foal
Someone brought up Christopher Reeves yesterday and I had to roll my eyes......if I am ok with it and comfortable, why isn't anyone else :(
     
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    09-02-2009, 01:10 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by BrokenWings    
I did notice in my last ride it is starting to bother my hips, but I'll play it by ear. When you said you were uncomfortable, was it your back/bum/hips?
Not sure if you were addressing me, but it was my back and pelvic area. I was back riding again three weeks after she was born. NOT something I could have done after the first one, though.
     
    09-02-2009, 01:13 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by 3neighs    
Not sure if you were addressing me, but it was my back and pelvic area. I was back riding again three weeks after she was born. NOT something I could have done after the first one, though.
I was! Good for you for getting on after 3 weeks, I had a nasty c section and was down and out for 8 weeks. This time it's planned, but I am still looking at 2 months of rest before I can get back in the saddle.
     
    09-02-2009, 01:21 PM
  #14
Weanling
I've not been pregnant yet, but hope to be working on that next spring (hubby and I will just keep practicing for now LOL). I am a family nurse practitioner and I provide prenatal care in a rural health clinic. One of my newly pregnant patients is an avid rider. So she and I researched this issue a few weeks ago for both of us.

Most recommendations are that you can keep riding as usual in the first trimester. Trotting or bumpy riding in general will not hurt the baby at all. Of course, if you are high risk for miscarriage (incompetant cervix, multiple miscarriages in the past, etc.) it would be best to talk to your "high risk" Ob/Gyn or midwife about this and probably not ride at all.

By second trimester its best to ride on fairly flat, even ground, no jumping, etc. Again, these things won't hurt the baby, its just that as you get bigger you may have a little more trouble balancing yourself, so ride carefully. First time pregnancies usually don't show until well into the second trimester, so you probably won't have balance concerns until the 4th or 5th month.

It gets tricky by third trimester, some sources say not to ride at all. I would probably leave that up to my patient's judgement and their individual circumstances. If you are comfy riding, not having a lot of balance trouble, your horse doesn't hate you for the added weight (LOL), then keep riding, but supervised and carefully. Do not go riding alone.

Remember, pregnancy is not an illness. It is a normal life process. Your body is made to protect that baby from all sorts of things - including the jarring of a trot. The only real problem from riding during pregnancy would be a major fall. Just take precautions to avoid falling as much as possible (the things I mentioned above). I have a feeling none of your husbands, partners, etc. have recommended that you quit riding in the car. A car accident would probably be more detrimental to your pregnancy than a fall from a horse would be. Just proceed with caution.

Good luck! Have healthy, happy babies and healthy pregnancies. And, no matter what the docs tell you, you're the one delivering the baby - they are merely there to catch!
     
    09-02-2009, 01:29 PM
  #15
Trained
From a husbands point of view I think you should quit riding out of respect for him. He is very worried about your health and that of your baby so just make it easy for him and lay off the riding. Just because men don't carry babies doesn't mean we don't worry about them. I recently went to the emergency room because a horse that was totally gentle that my kids had been riding bucked me off. He had never done anything like that before and he hasn't done anything like it since but horses have a mind of thier own. I personnaly wouldn't have a problem if my wife wanted to ride while pregnant but if I did I hope she would stop for my sake.
     
    09-02-2009, 01:45 PM
  #16
Yearling
My of my trainers rode while they were pregnant and their babies came out fine, one of them went straight to riding horses! Lol my trainer that i've had for the longest rode up until the day before she went into labor! My hubby said he didnt want me to ride for sake of the baby when I get pregnant and laughed at him, I said no matter what i'm riding my smaller horse, I've had him for 5yrs and know everything about him and the fact that he doesnt spook is great and he's super uber comfy so yea, i'll keep riding. I basically told him the same as Hoofprints said, it's like "Hey, I'm the one carrying our child around, puking every morning, and I have to deliver our child, and you're doing squat so shut it!" LOL
     
    09-02-2009, 02:00 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507    
my of my trainers rode while they were pregnant and their babies came out fine, one of them went straight to riding horses! Lol my trainer that i've had for the longest rode up until the day before she went into labor! My hubby said he didnt want me to ride for sake of the baby when I get pregnant and laughed at him, I said no matter what i'm riding my smaller horse, I've had him for 5yrs and know everything about him and the fact that he doesnt spook is great and he's super uber comfy so yea, i'll keep riding. I basically told him the same as Hoofprints said, it's like "Hey, I'm the one carrying our child around, puking every morning, and I have to deliver our child, and you're doing squat so shut it!" LOL


Ouch! When I was pregnant, any decisions concerning our children (and it started in womb) were made together. I guess I would prefer to lean towards caution, but that's me. I told my son and his wife, they need to be okay with the decision, so if something were to happen one couldn't come back with how he or she was against it and now look! For them it was deciding whether to continue riding motorcycles while she was pregnant. They made that decision together and if something would have happened, would then be able to be supportive with each other.

Don't start building walls against each other , it will only get worse when the child is here. Good luck to you.
     
    09-02-2009, 02:03 PM
  #18
Weanling
I rode until 3 weeks before my delivery date. I certainly wasn't going for 25 mile trots or jumping, but an hour or two's trail ride was no problem at all.
My nurse-midwife (based at a major regional hospital) said there's a reason they call it a womb--that baby is VERY well protected. She told me they no longer discouraged a pregnant woman from doing anything, other than sky-diving, perhaps, or taking up something strenuous for the first time.
     
    09-02-2009, 02:06 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by snoggle    
Remember, pregnancy is not an illness. It is a normal life process. Your body is made to protect that baby from all sorts of things
Thank you for this! I tell people that all the time. I mow my lawn, I wrestle with the dogs, I horseback ride. I'm not dying, I'm healthy and feel fine, and the baby is healthy, too! Haha!


I guess I'm lucky, because my husband is very supportive of me going horseback riding while pregnant. I honestly think it will make labor easier, too, since I'll be using my core muscles to ride, they'll be kept in shape.

I think part of it is also that he knows he has to go riding all the time if I hit a point where I can't anymore, and while he doesn't mind riding, he'd rather be playing hockey. Haha!
     
    09-02-2009, 02:22 PM
  #20
Green Broke
That's great Sixofdiamonds, Don was very supportive of me also. I continued water skiing until I felt it was a bit risky. It sounds like you and your hubby are very in tune with each other and trust each others judgement.

My only concern is when husband/future father and wife/future mother are at a stalemate with each other concerning the unborn child. What is the fair way of handling that? Yes it is certainly the woman's body ect...but that is not only her child in there. How have others handled this without causing resentment down the road?
     

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