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        09-02-2009, 03:52 PM
      #21
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Walkamile    
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    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.

    I was just kidding we were playing when he said that but he knows how much I love riding and how happy it makes me. My boy Swoop would never do anything to hurt me and he knows that, my 6yr nephew rides him around by himself and Swoop actually takes smaller steps to make sure my nephew doesnt loose his balance. We've talked about it and he'll never ask me to stop just that he is there when I ride which of course I would never ride alone, its nice that my horses are home.
         
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        09-02-2009, 04:09 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Oh Foxy I'm glad to hear that. So you and he did work out a compromise that you both can live with! That's what marriage, and truth told , parenthood is about. Sounds like you also have a very supportive relationship. Makes this old lady easier of mind.
         
        09-02-2009, 04:11 PM
      #23
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by snoggle    
    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!
    This brought tears to my eyes....I am glad to hear the womb is well protected. I am really short, so I sit really close to the steering wheel in my car, and I think about the airbag going off and crushing me more than I worry about a fall from my horse.
    I never ride alone anyway, and my dad supervises my every move (including lifting my saddles, etc) I hate that people act like I am going to break. This is my second pregnancy and it's been horrid, but I feel like I am going to come home to an intervention (my mom is not happy about my riding either.)
         
        09-02-2009, 04:14 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I feel like I have compromised a lot already though.......I've given up racing, my lessons, my loping and gallops in the fields (my favorite part of riding) and am only doing very slow paced trail rides on well known trails. I would never ask him to give anything up if it made him so happy, so I just feel a little cornered.
         
        09-02-2009, 04:18 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Walkamile    
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    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.
    I agree decisions should be made together, we are a team after all. I did not ride for our first child at all, but now feel I am ok to do so, as my horse is older and more seasoned. I feel like it's my only "vice," I don't smoke or do anything else considered naughty. Why should I not ride if I take it easy right?
         
        09-02-2009, 04:24 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BrokenWings    
    This brought tears to my eyes....I am glad to hear the womb is well protected. I am really short, so I sit really close to the steering wheel in my car, and I think about the airbag going off and crushing me more than I worry about a fall from my horse.
    I never ride alone anyway, and my dad supervises my every move (including lifting my saddles, etc) I hate that people act like I am going to break. This is my second pregnancy and it's been horrid, but I feel like I am going to come home to an intervention (my mom is not happy about my riding either.)

    LOL! I'm sorry BrokenWings, but that brought such vivid images to mind!

    When my DIL was expecting our first (thus far only) grandchild, I felt it was good practice for me to learn to keep my mouth shut unless asked. And then you'd think I worked for a diplomat in how careful I was to answer so as not to offend. Basically I left it to what the both of them decided to do and realized it truly wasn't my business. My role is to be supportive of decisions they make and offer any careful advice if asked for. As I tell my husband, I am Switzerland.....neutral.

    I believe this has led to the close relationship I have with my DIL , and children actually. I haven't agreed with all their choices, but that is not for me to decide. I raised mine my way, and that started with my pregnancy. So they are entitled to that same consideration.

    We parents of adult children sometimes forget that you are an adult and although your way is different than ours, it is not wrong. Just remind yourself they do this all out of love.

    And thanks for the chuckle. I can feel your exasperation.

    BTW, here I am in my....not quite retired years and my elderly parents want me to stop riding because I could break a bone! Parents are parents no matter how old their children are.
         
        09-02-2009, 04:41 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    I have a bit of a different perspective on riding while pregnant, as I lost a pregnancy while working with horses. I can't be sure that was the reason for the loss, but my guilt over it still haunts me. When I became pregnant again, hubby and I were so paranoid that I quit with horses all together till after I had my baby.
    I believe that pregnancy is not a condition, but a normal, natural thing, and if you feel comfortable riding, go for it! My midwives told me that they were fine with me riding in the first and even into the second trimester, but I just wasn't comfortable doing it, but that's because of my stress over the loss. My beautiful son will be a year old next week, and when we become pregnant again, I'm not sure what I'll do...
    Good luck with your baby!!
         
        09-02-2009, 04:47 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Walkamile    
    As I tell my husband, I am Switzerland.....neutral. Parents are parents no matter how old their children are.
    bwhahahahaha! Switzerland....I love it! Ironically it's my husband and mother who nag the most, my MIL (who I am close with) never says boo, just always is worried if I am "doing to much"
    Isn't it terrible? I am an adult after all. My aunts were down last weekend and one of the (quite older fashioned) aunts gave me a nasty tongue lashing about how I should not be riding, picking up my toddler, blah, blah.....I stood there for it, listened and said "ok I am going riding now!" it was not well received.
    I wish my sister would get pregnant so they could fuss over her for a while ;)
         
        09-02-2009, 04:51 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
    I have a bit of a different perspective on riding while pregnant, as I lost a pregnancy while working with horses. I can't be sure that was the reason for the loss, but my guilt over it still haunts me.
    I am so sorry for you loss, but so happy you have your little guy! It really was a hard decision to make, we sat down and talked about it a lot...he didn't say much at first, but more recently he's said "are you going to stop this folly now that you are in your third trimester?" I just told him I know my body and know how to listen to it. There have been times I was supposed to ride and was not feeling well enough/too tired or achy and called it off. It just keeps me so happy.....I can't bear to think about not riding :(
         
        09-02-2009, 04:53 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Good for you BrokenWings! A little spunk is good for the soul! Just keep in mind that your aunts generation (assuming how old they are) were kept in the hospital on bed rest for at least a week after childbirth. Not like our mothers of today. My DIL was out the next day!

    As long as you and your hubby are united in decisions, the rest should just roll off your shoulders. EAsy, no, but do-able.

    Glad you're close to your MIL. We're not all bad.

    Shesinthebarn, my heart goes out to you and your husband. Yes, the guilt of the unknown "what if's" are very heavy. That's why I truly believe that both husband and wife must make the decission together because of what if. Tragedy can tear a couple apart, especially if they held seperate opinions on the activity. So glad you have your little guy!
         

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