July 2011 Moms
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Any horseback riders?

I've always heard that it's ok to ride as long as you feel comfortable. I have my first lesson tomorrow since my BFP, and I'm a little nervous about it. I'm thinking about telling my trainer before anyone else to see what she says. Anyone else?

Re: Any horseback riders?

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      I wouldn't even consider it. It's way too risky. I rode for years and had all kinds of things happen to me. I was thrown into a fence once and bruised a kidney causing urine in my blood. I've been kicked, fallen off, stuck on a runaway horse... etc. I think it would be safer to be on a roller coaster. At least you are strapped in and you know where it is going, how fast it will be going, and when it will stop.... and I highly doubt you would do that... at least I would hope not.    I found this on babycenter.com. It puts into words exactly how I feel: Is it safe to ride horseback during pregnancy?
    Expert AnswersKay Daniels, ob-gynIn general I tell people if they're excellent horseback riders and are just walking around on the horse, they can continue up to 12 weeks. But after 12 weeks, no riding. That's because by this time, the fetus has moved up above the pelvic girdle, a bony structure protects the baby during the first trimester, and now all that sits between the baby and any external force is skin and muscle. If you get kicked or are thrown off the horse at this point, you've got nothing protecting the baby from trauma. Even experienced riders get thrown off; that's part of the game. I just don't think it's worth the risk. I once saw a woman who got kicked in the stomach by a horse and the baby died. Maybe that's why I'm conservative on this.Ogo Okpala, ob-gynThe general consensus is that horseback riding is unsafe during pregnancy.Falling or being thrown from the horse is one danger for you and your baby. But even  more important is the jostling motion of horseback riding. Unless you're riding at a very slow walk, that motion creates a risk of placental abruption ? a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta separates from the uterus.If a pregnant woman falls or is in a low-speed car collision, we monitor her for signs of placental abruption. I would equate this with the kind and level of sheer force you could be subjected to on horseback.
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    That's really interesting about the pelvic girdle/bony structure. I ride dressage, so it's mostly slow and steady. Maybe I'll cancel until I hear what my doctor has to say anyway.
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    That's really interesting about the pelvic girdle/bony structure. I ride dressage, so it's mostly slow and steady. Maybe I'll cancel until I hear what my doctor has to say anyway.

    I ride dressage as well. I talked about it with my doctor yesterday and she told me that as long as I feel comfortable with the horse and take it easy, it should be fine to ride. Of course, there is still a risk of something happening so it is a decision you have to make.

    If it is a lesson, I am assuming it is on a lesson horse which are known for being gentle and easy going. I would still have my lesson, just take it easy. Maybe work on movements at a walk like shoulder-ins, haunches in, leg yields, turn on haunches,etc. I would either tell my trainer I am PG so I want to take it easy, or just tell her you only want to work at the walk and a little trot. Good luck!

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    That's really interesting about the pelvic girdle/bony structure. I ride dressage, so it's mostly slow and steady. Maybe I'll cancel until I hear what my doctor has to say anyway.

    I ride dressage as well. I talked about it with my doctor yesterday and she told me that as long as I feel comfortable with the horse and take it easy, it should be fine to ride. Of course, there is still a risk of something happening so it is a decision you have to make.

    If it is a lesson, I am assuming it is on a lesson horse which are known for being gentle and easy going. I would still have my lesson, just take it easy. Maybe work on movements at a walk like shoulder-ins, haunches in, leg yields, turn on haunches,etc. I would either tell my trainer I am PG so I want to take it easy, or just tell her you only want to work at the walk and a little trot. Good luck!

    Thanks, that makes me feel a lot better. All of her lesson horses are saints, and we ride in an indoor. I know things can still happen, but I feel safer riding indoors than in an outdoor arena. 

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    No problem at all. I was also thinking you could even work on the lounge line too.

    It made me feel better after talking to my doctor yesterday. She said she is more concerned about beginner riders, jumpers, racing, etc.

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    I think the 1st trimester would be the safest time to ride, no?  You don't have a bump yet and your center of balance is not outta whack yet.  
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    I sold the last of my horses when I got married 3 years ago, but when I got my BFP I was training 2 horses. I actually stopped riding after my IUI during the 2ww and when I got my BFP I told the lady I rode for right away that I couldn't ride anymore. She was great about it because she went through infertility also.

    But I went through infertility so I am not willing to risk ANYTHING. Plus, I was on a heavily medicated IUI cycle and at my last u/s we found that my ovaries are gigantic from the drugs I was on, so now I'm REALLY glad I stopped riding.- the last thing I'd need was to hurt one of my ovaries.

     But I have heard of "normal" people riding until the 2nd trimester. I think it's a personal choice, but I'm not risking it. 

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