Has anyone skiied during first timester? Is it a no no?(32 Posts)
Not sure what to do. We have a skiing holiday booked next month and I just found out I'm 5 weeks pregnant ;-) Overjoyed at news, but wondering if I should ski or not. I'm reasonably good (can do reds competently) but worried about the risk of falling/injury... what would you do?
I went skiing when I was 13 weeks pregnant, I fell a few times even thought i was being extra careful, so decided its best to stop. mentioned it to midwife when i came back and she check baby's heart beats (which they dont nronally do so early on in the preganncy) baby was fine and he's now 27 months old
Babies are well protected inside if you are a good confident skier and avoid crowds you should be ok.
I don't blame or judge anyone who skis when pregnant, as everyone has to make the decision themselves.
It is good to ask the question though, because hearing so many different opinions can help you to decide if you want to take that risk. And if you are leaning towards not skiing, it gives you good arguments in case someone is pressuring you to ski.
As I said, I think the risk of falling is not that much greater than if you just go for a walk in the snow, but you cannot judge who else is going to be on the slopes, and the possible injury is simply not as easy to treat when pregnant. Even if you are just bruised and a bit sore, you can't just pop some ibuprofen and have a hot bath.
I don't think I would enjoy myself because I'd be too busy worrying.
Check with your doctor! Maybe wearing body-armour would help? Are you a good skier?
I was building fences and lugging metal farm gates at 3 months!
I wouldn't although have known one or two who have , well into to second trimester. Trouble is your ligaments are looser and centre of balance shifting so it may not be that easy to avoid injury even if a good skier. You can't allow for others' actions, getting caught by a lift or just catching an edge.
No, wouldn't do any sport where a hard contact was possible.
Only took the test cos ttc and had got shit faced before I knew with Ds (not ttc then btw)
OP I think if you feel like you couldn't bear it then you should do what you want. For me I felt like I might not have known I was pg (only took the test the day before).
I did at 10 weeks, my GP said that was ok. But obviously it's up to you and it's a good point about treating injuries might be more difficult if pregnant.
I am a good skier and I wouldn't.
Your ligaments will have softened a little even then and you could really hurt yourself.
A crash such as the one you describe is still very unlikely to harm a pregnancy of 6-12 weeks as still in the pelvis. It was actually having been in the alps and unable to ski at 28weeks in my first pregnancy that encouraged me to do so in my second.I can see that mine is the minority view on here. However pregnancy is not aniillness and I was told to keep doing the sports I was used to for as long as I felt able in both my pregnancies. I felt this helped me keep a base fitness level, which meant I got back in condition much more quickly after giving birth. IMO 5 weeks is very early to start restricting your activities.
I haven't, but I've skied with DSIL who was 10 weeks pg and a good friend who was 5 months pg on one holiday, and another good friend who was only a few weeks pg on another. Outcomes: I discovered I can run up slopes in ski boots when DSIL fell over, but she went on to have DNeice no problems. 5 month pg friend skied little and gently, again all fine. We were in a very uncrowded Canadian resort. Second friend had no falls or anything else during our holiday but still lost the baby .
So it depends. I think the risk of getting hit, particularly in a crowded European resort, would put me off and I love to ski.
I found out I was pg with my first a week before skiing holiday. I went anyway and stuck (mostly ) to quieter slopes. I have also never skied so well (controlled,technique, grace) in my life!
I skied at 6-7 weeks with my 2nd. Didn't occur to me not to TBH. I took the test before we left to know if I could have a drink. Had I lost the baby I don't think I would have blamed myself. 1st trimester miscarriages are very common after all. I also went surfing at 18 weeks, was v careful....
I wouldn't and haven't with either of my pregnancies. 1st was 10 weeks during holiday, 2nd was 21 weeks.
I'm a very experienced skier and was a ski instructor for many years. I could stick to blue runs all day and someone else could crash into me. My worst ever accident was when I was young and irresponsible.. I was racing some friends on a deserted blue run. Going full pelt I ski at 50mph approx. I crashed head on into a beginner. The poor guy didn't have a chance. Luckily he was uninjured - lucky for me too as I'd have been prosecuted. I learnt my lesson that day.
Imagine that man had been a pregnant woman? Even if the baby is well protected etc.. You'd just never forgive yourself if something happened and you'd always think it was your fault.
Plus altitude can make you feel rubbish when pregnant, it's much more tiring.
You can all call me selfish but I skied at 5 1/2 months with my first. Was told it was fine as long as I didn't push myself too hard, insurance company were ok with it and I had skied before loads of times. To be honest it was no different.
Interestingly I hadn't told people I was pregnant and nobody noticed. Wouldn't have done it with my second though.
show dh and friends what people have written here. at the end of the day it is you that is doing the baby carrying not them and shame on them for trying to put pressure on you. hope it all goes well for you.
Hi thanks for your advice. I will talk to my GP but think it unlikely I will ski now. It's only peer pressure from DH and friends... I'm quite happy to sit and read... Really couldn't bear a miscarriage or breaking a limb during pregnancy -nightmare (I have a 19 month old too)...
Do you have holiday skiing insurance and what does it say on your policy. speak to your gp and midwife services and see what they think. to be brutally honest you have to ask yourself can i live with it if i go skiing and miscarry either due to a fall, collison or naturally being away from home and all that that brings. loosing a baby is absolutely horrible and i wouldnt wish it on anyone. Please, just dont do it. its a holiday not a job. its a choice not a necessity. This has nothing to do with how good a skiier you are and everything to do with the new situation you find yourself in.
Yes, the pregnancy is well protected in the early weeks, and a normal fall would be unlikely to cause any difficulties.
The risk a some kind of injury would still put me off - something that would normally be easily treated but would be more difficult to treat when pregnant.
I wouldn't ski while pregnant. I am a good skier however the times I have fallen over is because some
bastard snowboarder has knocked me over because he wasn't looking where he was going. It is just not worth the risk.
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I POAS in the week before we travelled. I skied. The PG was so tiny, and so well protected by the pelvis that I'd have had to impale myself on something, or completely shatter the pelvis for it to have come to any harm. It wasn't affecting my centre of gravity, nor had ligaments begun to soften.
Stay well within your capabilities (I'm a wimp skier anyhow, and restricted myself to blue and some easier red), and I only skied in the mornings. And I made sure someone I was with (DH or, when I had private lesson, instructor) knew I was PG just in case I was in an accident and needed medical attention. The instructor had no qualms about a PG pupil.
That said, had I been much further along, I probably wouldn't have done it. And I think it would be too risky once PG has grown beyond the bowl of the pelvis.
I think the altitude and raised heart rate rule it out even if you don't fall. And no one plans to fall - other skiers and snowboarders are more of an issue
Mirai - if a friend of mine told me she was planning to ski at 5months, I'd tell her I thought she was being a selfish twat tbh.
As your uterus will probably still be in your pelvis, the baby will probably be safe from the most likely knocks and bumps you'll get on the slope.
However, I lost a baby at 12 weeks a few months ago and I even felt guilty for wearing maternity clothes 'too early', as if I had jinxed it or something.
I can't imagine how I would ever forgive myself if I had been skiing and then lost the baby - even if logically it was unrelated.
So I would go and have a great time, sleeping, reading and meeting up for lovely piste-side lunches.
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