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post #1 of 10 Old 03-20-2019, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Pregnant Horsewoman

So I'm pregnant (37 weeks) with my first child. I haven't ridden since I found out I was pregnant back in the late summer. Doctor advised it. This winter I was okay with not riding because I don't normally ride much in the winter, but now that spring is here I'm really starting to get the riding itch. I daydream about riding and think about all the trails I want to trailer out to this summer. Then I remember I will have my baby to care for.

How did all of you mama's cope with this? When is it okay for me to start riding again? How did you manage your time so you could get in some decent saddle time? I have my parents who are always willing to be a childcare resource for me but I don't want to get selfish and use them all the time.

I'm excited for when my son will be old enough to go riding with me. Hopefully he will love it as much as I do.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-20-2019, 05:42 PM
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Er. I... have not been pregnant in 18 years. Buuuttt my daughter gifted us with a joyful granddaughter 13 months ago.

She delivered naturally, Doc told her to allow 6 weeks so her episitomy stitches could heal.

She has yet to get back in the saddle, except for once instance, and she got spooked because Sarge was acting like a moron. She was scared of getting hurt... and while I dog her talking big about how punchy she is, and she really isn't... I can't say that I blame her.

Joke around the house though... Her 13 month old daughter has been in the saddle longer, more often, than she has!

Likewise... I can't wait until that blue eyed grandbaby can load up and ride with me. Looking forward to her being my new camping buddy.


Update: Daughter had this to say:


"It does put a lot of strain on that area especially getting on from the ground so I would definitely say until any stitches are healed."
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-20-2019, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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What a cute photo!! I love it.

I planned on taking at least six weeks off but I'm glad your daughter had some feedback for me. I'll definitely plan to take a bit more time off. I'm new to this motherhood thing and still figuring it out. Nowadays I normally mount from a mounting block, stump, log, trailer wheel, etc to save my mare's back. She will be 15 next month and I want to keep her back nice and healthy and not be twisting on it by mounting from the ground. But that was helpful to know what your daughter said, give me a bit more motivation to not be mounting from the ground. :) Thank you!

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post #4 of 10 Old 03-21-2019, 11:03 AM
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My circumstance was different my Dr told me I could ride as long as it didn't hurt. With my son (now 22) I rode up until about 3 weeks before he was born. And started to ride again when he was 8-10 weeks (depended on if hubby was around to watch him) with my daughter I rode up until I was about 7 months but had not been riding as much as pre-son riding since I now had a toddler, 2 older stepkids and a niece I was raising at home. I started riding again at about 8-10 weeks post daughter. Both of my births were natural and I had no health restrictions after they were born.

I will say I distinctly remember my balance not feeling as good as before kids.
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That's another thought I had! How is this going to effect my balance? I'm glad to hear a bit of feedback on this. I work in physical therapy and have used riding to help re-strengthen my pelvis before after a nasty accident on another horse before. I was very curious as to how my seat would feel after baby. My mare has done the therapeutic thing with me before so I was planning to use her to strengthen my pelvis back up.

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My baby just turned a year old last week. I was able to ride until I was 8 months pregnant then it was just too uncomfortable for me. After my baby was born I ended up with extra complications so I wasn't able to ride for 2 months. I did sneak on once and the next day has a massive hemorrhage but that didnt have anything to do with riding. I still had a peice of something up there so I ended up needing a D/C which we didn't find out until almost two most post delivery. Once that was fixed I was good to go. But during the times I was unable to ride just getting out there and grooming my mare or taking her for a short walk really helped my piece of mind.

Once I was able to ride again it could definitely feel how out of shape I was though I didnt have balance issues.

The hardest part is definitely not feeling guilty about going out to the barns. I usually get off at 6 and the baby is asleep by 8 so that was a huge hardship once I was back at work. But you have to remember that you need it mentally, happy momma equals happy baby. You need to do what you need to for yourself so you can be the best for your baby so if that means sneaking away a few times a week for an hour or so then that's what you have to do and try not to feel bad about it.
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I rode all the way through. Started back in the saddle at 12 weeks because I was put on bedrest after baby otherwise I'd have been back on sooner. My balance did change during so I didn't ride my drafts but did ride saddle horses I considered safe. Particularly one QH mare that a friend owned. No mounting from the ground. I couldn't imagine ever getting my belly in my old western saddle so rode English which was my norm anyway. Baby had a pack and play and that was set under the trees in the shade in hearing distance or I rode with the neighbors boys and she watched mine. She wasn't a rider.
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I rode up until about 7 1/2 months and only stopped because of too much ice and I was afraid that the horse might slip and fall, if not for that I would have kept on, I still did all the barn work, cleaning stalls and slugging bales etc. right up to delivery time.
I had an easy delivery, the first labour pains were 5 min apart and by the time we got to the hospital they were 1 min. I had my daughter before noon.

I didn't start riding as soon as I would have like, had to wait for a couple of months mainly because no one to babysit for me.

Later my daughter was in a play pen in the riding ring with toys and I schooled around her but only on my very trusted mare, no rank horses at that time.

When she was around five I put a little "rumble seat" on the back of the western saddle and we both went out for rides, me in front and her behind, often we would come back with her in front and me behind.
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I didn't ride while pregnant or after so I can't comment on that but I have three children so "been there, done that" when it relates to recovering after childbirth. From what you describe your mare is an easy horse to ride. Ask your doctor but I'm sure that riding her won't be an issue once you are feeling up to it. Just take it easy and be really careful. Relaxin is a hormone that relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix in preparation for childbirth so you can be injured more easily. And with the exhaustion from caring for and feeding a tiny person you won't be feeling your best.


Having your parents to watch your little one is wonderful and you need to take some time away from your baby so don't feel guilty for spending time with your horse. Just be really aware if how your body reacts to riding.
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I think it depends on the type of horses you have available to ride and the kind of riding you have to do.

With two pregnancies I quit riding as soon as I found out. Tough horses. Rough pastures. Wild cattle. With one I had a calm horse flat, open country, just checking fences and water... I rode until I felt off-balance. At about 8 months.

After, twice I waited six weeks. Once my husband had a horse wreck, broke two bones in his face, he and horse made it to the house. I had to get on the same horse and move horses down a county road to a new pasture a couple miles away. Four days after having a baby. We were 60+ miles from town.

Believe me, I rode very lightly that day!
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