Is it safe to ride horseback during pregnancy?

Is it safe to ride horseback during pregnancy?

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It's not a good idea. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends avoiding activities that entail a high risk of falling or abdominal trauma.

That said, during the first trimester, the baby is in your pelvic girdle, a bony structure that offers some protection if you were to fall. So if it's early in your pregnancy, you're an experienced horseback rider, and the horse is only walking while you're on its back, the danger to your baby is low.

But as your pregnancy progresses, the risk of serious injury – to you and your baby – increases. If you get thrown from or kicked by a horse after your first trimester, once the baby has moved higher up in the abdomen, there's little to protect the baby from harm.

What's more, the jostling motion of horseback riding can increase your risk of placental abruption, a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta separates from the uterus.

Learn more

Watch the video: Riding while pregnant (May 2022).


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