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Snow- Venture out?!

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CheeseChomper Thu 02-Dec-10 12:02:09

Have been working from home since Tuesday as no trains are running so can't get to the office and already have severe cabin fever!

We need some food and a few other bits and bobs (although DP could get these on way home from work). Thinking of venturing out in the snow for the 15 min walk to the supermarket, but v worried about slipping over as i'm 31 weeks pg.

Have got some sturdy wellies, so should I just man up and get out there i.e. am I being a wuss, or is it safer to stay home?

What would you do? I suspect i'm being a pussy! grin

FeelingHip Thu 02-Dec-10 12:15:14

I'm in virtually the same situation as you (33 weeks today). I'm not prepared to risk it - snow is really deep here and I know there is ice underneath. I wouldn't take the chance (even though I am going insane stuck inside!)

gallicgirl Thu 02-Dec-10 12:15:38

Fresh snow is probably safer than compacted icy snow as you're less likely to slip over. It depends how well you feel. I found the 10 minute walk to the shop and back on Tuesday was quite exhausting but at least I had DP to cling on to.

Pinetreeland Thu 02-Dec-10 12:43:24

I am 29 weeks and have taken 20 minutes to walk to the station today (which normally take me 10) with DH's escort.

It wasn't too bad as you just avoid the ice and walk on the snow itself.

Just take it slowly! I got taken over by a few grannies so that's the pace I was going at grin

LunaticFringe Thu 02-Dec-10 12:46:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

onimolap Thu 02-Dec-10 13:00:46

You'd probably be OK on fresh snow, but not ice or slush. Once the pregnacy has grown out of the "bowl" of the pelvis, there is some direct risk (though it's pretty well cushioned)

I'd be more worried about coming down and fracturing a scaphoid (do you want you're arm out of action when movement is already becoming cumbersome?), or if you're really unlucky, coming down on hard on your bum and damaging your coccyx.

As your centre of gravity has changed, and your ligaments may be looser, I don't think you'd be a wuss to stay put.

witches Thu 02-Dec-10 13:17:19

im really early into pregnancy but still really worried about falling and driving. Im going to wait until hubby comes home and go a wee walk outside so i have someone to hold onto but feel like i need to get out!

Ba8y1 Thu 02-Dec-10 13:59:01

I'm also 31 weeks and wouldn't risk it. Not too fussed if I'm being a wimp, could you really live with yourself if god forbid anything happened? No brainer for me really. My dh would also kill me! Though tbh am also on crutches for spd so would be a little more risky! Open a window to get some fresh air and get your dh to get the shopping! It won't last forever! smile

robino Thu 02-Dec-10 14:16:13

Oh blimey. I'm feeling really reckless now. Although I would be in a bit of a sticky situation if I didn't venture out.

Am 30 weeks and DH works 350 miles away. Admittedly, we only have 6 0r 7 inches wink but I have walked DD1 (3.10) to pre-school and back everyday this week with DD2 (2.5) in tow. Have also had to walk the dog - though these have been very short walks, usually when DD1 in pre-school and using DD2's pushchair as a zimmer frame!

It has been ok. Have worn sturdy wellies, taken it slowly and tried to stick to untouched snow with a bit of grip.

Must say though, if I had any choice I might not do most of it.

Janus Thu 02-Dec-10 14:19:52

Am 22 weeks pregnant and just been out with my 3 kids as we needed milk and dh is in Dubai (lucky sod!!). BUT ours is fresh today so it was total powder and the 2 older kids took in turns to pull eachother on sledge while I struggled with 2 year old! Felt it was going to be a bit more fun than it was (7 year old crying because too cold half way through!) but we needed milk so more a necessity. Very much depends on powder or ice, ice I wouldn't have gone but don't know what else I would have done!

CheeseChomper Thu 02-Dec-10 14:23:21

Hmmmm, still umming and aaaahing- started to sleet so think I may stay put. Least I know I wouldn't be considered a wimp now! grin

goodlifemummy Thu 02-Dec-10 14:43:07

I am 38 weeks and have taken my twins out sledging this morning, only round the corner though. I didn't pull them or anything, but it was slippery. I now feel like my pelvis is dropping out of me...maybe its got things moving!!

TooImmature2BMum Thu 02-Dec-10 14:51:56

How deep is the snow? I managed about 100 yards with dog this morning, but was in field and snow deeper than my knees! It is knackering (27 weeks). Dog had to progress by series of bounds, so is also knackered. grin I feel safe in my kick-ass hiking boots, though - v difficult to slip in them. Wellies would be slippier.

OnlyWantsOne Thu 02-Dec-10 14:53:55

I was due yesterday, I have just swept our path (and our neighbours) and salted the drive. Man up woman.

bigkidsmademe Thu 02-Dec-10 15:50:32

I'm too scared, our road hasn't been gritted and my sister fell over three times walking to the tube this morning. My boss is no doubt pissed off with me but next week is my last before mat leave so I don't care. It's not the exertion, it's the ice sad

witches Thu 02-Dec-10 16:43:45

I admire ur balshy attitude onlywantsone and i know several people have said they have fallen and were fine but i have to say im with ba8y1 not willing to risk it and then have to live with the guilt - only venturing out if essential!

growing3rdbump Thu 02-Dec-10 18:40:28

I've had no choice but to go out in the snow - have to walk 7 yr old to school in the morn with 3 yr old in tow. In the afternoon he needs driving to nursery and collecting 3 hrs later. Then we are back out walking to school to collect 7 yr old! Today I towed little one on sledge and he loved it! Also had to get in to work on tue and wed, but did leave earlyish on both days to avoid driving in the dark while collecting both children from after school clubs. I'm 17 wks and didn't feel worried as the snow was fresh and not slippy at all - just take it slow!

Sparklies Thu 02-Dec-10 18:46:25

I'm 17 weeks and just walked DC1 two miles home from nursery.

However - I had big thick grippy boots that I knew wouldn't slip, and there is no ice, it's all crunchy snow and off-road and no hills to speak of. I didn't feel even slightly slippy even once - it was no different to walking normally.

In other circumstances I wouldn't have done it or if my bump was bigger and affecting my balance more. I remember the ice back in January and that was horrendous - no way would I have ventured out in that.

If you're not happy about it, listen to your instincts!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 02-Dec-10 19:01:49

I am 24 weeks and didn't venture far today. My new boots are (hopefully) being delivered tomorrow and then I will feel much safer going out.

I wouldn't rely on wellies tbh, they are a bit slippery.

DMCWelshCakes Thu 02-Dec-10 19:40:31

It's not so much damage to the baby I'm worried about (only 18 weeks so it's still pretty well protected in there) as the risk of breaking a bone by skidding on the ice.

I really don't think paracetamol is going to cut it if they need to reset a bone or something! (Speaks as veteran of multiple breaks & dislocations.)

LotteryWinnersOnAcid Thu 02-Dec-10 19:48:10

I'm 32 weeks and went on a long walk (and sledging!) with the dogs last night and again today, also ventured out a couple of miles and back today to deliver food to a friend who is disabled and cant get out.

It depends on what you're comfortable with. Luckily DP is on holiday this week so he has been walking everywhere with me. I wouldn't risk it on my own without him to cling onto!

Won't be driving on the ice though. Scary.

bumptobeno3 Thu 02-Dec-10 20:30:30

i'm 24 + 3 weeks, had a very scary incident in the car on wednesday, car just skidded down a hill, luckly nothing was coming to bump into us and we did stop in time. after that made sure i've stocked up before got home, i'm not going anywhere, giving me chance to feather my nest, i'm hibernating whilst this snow is here. if you did fall, they wouldn't beable to xray you would they to check how to set back in place or am i wrong ??? not sure about that but just a thought!!! why not order from supermarket on line as there still going about delivering so you can still get your shopping. take care. x

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