Has anyone skiied during first timester? Is it a no no?

(32 Posts)
Franimal Tue 29-Jan-13 22:24:39

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?

stargirl1701 Tue 29-Jan-13 22:26:22

I think it's a no, I'm afraid.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 29-Jan-13 22:26:34

I did but I didn't realise that I was pregnant - was about 5 weeks.

The baby will still be safely inside your pelvis, so IMO you will be fine to ski but just hold back on the après ski!

I'm sure others will have a different opinion though.

MmeLindor Germany Tue 29-Jan-13 22:27:51

I know that a lot of people will say that you will be fine, but I wouldn't risk it.

We lived near the Alps, and the docs there were quite scathing of women who went skiing during pregnancy.

Even if you are a brilliant skier - someone else could bomb into you. You really don't want to risk a broken leg or have to worry about anaesthetic while pregnant.

mirai Tue 29-Jan-13 22:28:41

I don't know but am watching with interest. We're going skiing this December and with any luck I will be up to 5 months pregnant by then!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 29-Jan-13 22:31:20

I wouldn't ski at 5 months pregnant to be honest.

MmeLindor Germany Tue 29-Jan-13 22:34:14

Where are you going, Franimal?

I'd take a couple of good books, search for a spa or swimming pool and have a relaxing time while the others are skiing.

sugarandspite Tue 29-Jan-13 22:35:32

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.

sugarandspite Tue 29-Jan-13 22:38:10

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.

ceeveebee Tue 29-Jan-13 22:40:37

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

scaevola Tue 29-Jan-13 22:55:31

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.

mirai Tue 29-Jan-13 23:02:57

Well to be honest I am not the best skier so if mumsnet tells me I have to stay at the lodge with a hot chocolate and a book while DH goes whizzing around the slopes then that is perfectly fine with me! grin

We live abroad so I have ''missed" all my friends' pregnancies, so I have no ideas what 5 months "looks" like etc, hence me asking. Anyway it's very unlikely I will be five months as that would mean getting a BFP in tr first month of trying! Anyway, hot chocolate it is. Sorry for the hijack OP and congratulations on your pregnancy smile

Florin Tue 29-Jan-13 23:14:11

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.

MmeLindor Germany Tue 29-Jan-13 23:19:26

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.

mummymeister Wed 30-Jan-13 13:05:19

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.

Franimal Wed 30-Jan-13 15:30:34

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)...

mummymeister Wed 30-Jan-13 22:50:37

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.

slalomsuki Thu 31-Jan-13 06:32:23

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.

EMS23 Thu 31-Jan-13 06:48:16

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.

Wishihadabs Thu 31-Jan-13 06:53:11

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....

BikeRunSki Brazil Thu 31-Jan-13 07:01:40

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!

BlueyDragon Thu 31-Jan-13 07:02:35

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 sad.

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.

Wishihadabs Thu 31-Jan-13 07:03:17

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.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 31-Jan-13 07:04:12

I am a good skier and I wouldn't.

Your ligaments will have softened a little even then and you could really hurt yourself.

ninjasquirrel Thu 31-Jan-13 07:14:18

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.

Wishihadabs Thu 31-Jan-13 07:20:38

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).

Wishihadabs Thu 31-Jan-13 07:23:47

Only took the test cos ttc and had got shit faced before I knew with Ds (not ttc then btw)

MusicalEndorphins Thu 31-Jan-13 08:27:27

No, wouldn't do any sport where a hard contact was possible.

LIZS Thu 31-Jan-13 08:30:49

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.

Moominsarehippos Thu 31-Jan-13 08:36:29

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!

MmeLindor Germany Thu 31-Jan-13 20:21:35

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.

acmum Fri 01-Feb-13 23:09:29

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 smile

Babies are well protected inside if you are a good confident skier and avoid crowds you should be ok.

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