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Women Skiing Pregnant...

post #1 of 62
Thread Starter 
Ladies (and whomever else might have an opinion or information),

Relating to a creative writing endeavor, I am curious about a few things relating to skiing while pregnant. (I know of, for example, a former Women's World Cup racer, now deceased, who did ski competitively while pregnant.)

Have you skied while pregnant?
What's the latest in your pregancy you've skied (or heard of another woman skiing)?

Et cetera. Thanks for anything.
post #2 of 62
My sister was an ob/gyn. now just gyn. Her take was if the woman is normally active, it's probably ok for the same amount of activity for a little while. She would not put a month or time frame but said it would need to be a case by case basis.
A good friend of mine skied at 3 months.. No problems. Her doctor said it was fine but all her relatives complained and scolded her constantly.
Her son got on skis for the first time last year
That's all the experience I got and only from a guy perspective.
post #3 of 62
Thread Starter 
thanks, DCHAN. in this case, all info and anecdotes are helpful.
post #4 of 62
Did you knock up some ho, bro?
post #5 of 62
I had a friend, an accomplished skier, who was still skiing at 7+ months, albeit very conservatively and only during week days. Maternity ski fashions are not readily available, so she was wearing her husband's old bibs--unzippered--under his jacket.
post #6 of 62
Thread Starter 

THAT pretty much fits into my self-serving scenario. My problem is/was in this case having people BELIEVE anyone would ski so late into their pregnancy, with the risks, etc. Still, where there is precedent there is a kind of "defense" for similar action. Or something like that.

EDIT: an afterthought: i'm wondering how much of this woman's viewing of herself as an "accomplished" skier (if, in fact, she saw herself this way) had anything to do with her knowing/feeling she was unlikely to fall or be struck.

(In this case, there is a fall with the predictable sad outcome, leading to a residual and long-lasting effect, none of which is bright or cheery.)

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post #7 of 62
A cousin of mine (a Level 2 cert instructor, as is her husband) has 6 kids. Skied up to 8 months with most of them (aslo, quite conservatively). My wife would not ski at all. But she's considered "high risk", and neither of us wanted to take any chances (it took us 5 years to get here).
post #8 of 62
Okay! This is where I come in. I teach pre natal exercise. Some VERY important things to consider. NOTHING related to prenatal exercise and sports is expert advice, even from me, who's been teaching this for a long time. Why? Because in the free world, the research involved in testing sport and exercise on women in various stages of pregnancy, is not, has never been, and hopefully never will be tested on human subjects. At Cornell, there is a lab that puts pregnant sheep on treadmills and draws hypothesis about humans from those findings. Ethical considerations aside, take of that what you wish.
Here are the issues. Every pregnancy is different, even in the same woman. To judge what you can do by anecdotal information is about as intelligent as using the same medical perscription as someone else.

One thing we always tell participants; Never start a new activity while pregnant. I've heard of ski instructors, under age 30, who have skied since childhood, and continued to ski until close to the time of birth. That's fine. I know that Edie Thys wrote an article in ski magazine on this subject.

But lets take a woman in her mid to late 30s, who has not skied very often. Add to that, make her a "lowlander", and bring her out to Colorado. You can have some problems.

One thing that concerns me , lately. Any drugged out, disease laden inner city girl can crank out a kid a year, no problem. But the fitness centers are full of extremely healthy 20 something females who not only have trouble conceiving, they are also prone to miscariage. Any woman with that sort of problem would probably need to avoid skiing. NOT because the skiing would cause her to miscarry or being infertile. I truly believe that a healthy fetus can withstand anything. How did the cave women survive running from the saber tooth tiger, and still manage to reproduce? But if something happened, she would always blame it on the fact that she went skiing, and would have to deal with the guilt.

Here are some physical considerations. As a woman becomes more pregnant, there is a hormone called relaxin, that helps loosen the pelvis for labor. The problem is, on some women, the hormone has a systemic effect, causing the joints to be wobbly and unstable. This problem can be prevented by doing strength training and stability exercises, but unfortunately, many women opt for "feel good" yoga type exercises exclusively, making the body hyperflexible and a menace on skis to herself, her child, and anyone around her.
Off my soap box now.

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #9 of 62
Thread Starter 
any word on whether them treadmill sheep were doing their kegels? now THAT'S what i'd like to know.
post #10 of 62
I skied with my third up to the week before I was due, it is natural to me, but if it was crowded with a bunch of beginners or school kids, no way. I would't want to get hit by someone. But as most women know it is all relative to the state of health and ability. As was mentioned you shouldn't start anything new but don't think that needed to be mentioned,,,we do have brains after all!

Skiing and laughing with my buds, doesn't get any better than that!
post #11 of 62
Thegirl: You'd be surprised! I get women in their 5th month asking me if they can try Kick boxing for the first time.
post #12 of 62
My wife skied up until month 9. Obviously as the stomach grew - she chose less "bouncy" venues down the mountain, by month 5 moguls were pretty much out, by month 7 even steeps were out because of the unweighting movements needed for true (western) steeps).

Now she was the Director of Childrens Ski School on our mountain for awhile, and a natural athelete. I certainly wouldn't recommend skiing into late pregancy with for anyone but a true expert.

In the case of a true expert though, I must say - its a smoother and safer ride to cruise on skis down a green or blue than to walk down the street of any big city in America!
post #13 of 62
Hey! The Girl. Anyone ever tell ya that putting down other chics dosen't do squat to make yourself look better. LM was just giving us info, and your dumb, sassy remark was not needed. If it were a dude saying the same thing LM said, you'd be going "Oh yeah, you are SO smart, i never would have thought of that myself!"

Anyways, my mom skied till she was 6 months pregnant with little me. But with my kid sister, she had a knee injury- no skiing. I ski. Kid sister is scared of it.
post #14 of 62
I didn't see any putting down of other women, only a comment that she was able to ski into her 8th month and that each woman would need to make their own decision.
Oh well.
post #15 of 62
Thread Starter 
Uh, ditto. As in "huh?"
post #16 of 62

What are you talking about Bethany??
post #17 of 62
anybody out there believe that if you ski while you're pregnant your kid will grow up to like skiing (sorta like the listen to classical music and the little tyke will grow up to be smarter theory)?
post #18 of 62
I dunno, my mom od'ed on peanut butter when she was pregnant with my brother and he hates the stuff.
post #19 of 62
Where's SnO on this? Maybe she's in labor???

I think the prenatal and early childhood exposure to learning is great, but it can be overdone. Take JS Mill learning Greek and Latin at age two. Had a mental/emotional breakdown later, which he only survived by reading Wordsworth (among others).

Guy I knew had a great line about James Mill, JS's overzealous dad (a dad ahead of his time?): Sesame Street....brought to you by the letter Pi and the number negative square root of 2.

Still, Mozart or Vivaldi can't hurt...just stay away from the proto-Nazi Wagner ("kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit, kill the wab-bit").


Dante non ha mai immaginato questo cerchio dell'inferno!
post #20 of 62
I think it was the short quip- we do have brains afterall, that set some off.
Btw- ski patrol is trained in childbirth! True!
Boy am I lucky! I've been skiing since '57 and I haven't gotten pregnant yet! Pretty good for an old guy like me! Just to be on the safe side I'd better get some ski-condoms... ya never know! Ya might get snaids! (snow aids) That would slow my ski life back to a snow plow.

Anyone who laughs at yarddog's lousy jokes gets $20 at the end of the post.

Life's a pain... then you nap. Cat philosphy
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post #21 of 62
There is no correlation to what you do and what your baby will like or do. If you don't ski your kid won't ski? If that were true there would be very few skiers out there. But then there are a lot of things many believe in although there is no scientific proof whatsoever it's real.

full moon theory- false
sugar high- false
second hand smoke- false
jyarddog olympic skier- false/ well now...hmmm?
partial moon phases is due to Earth's shaddow- false
water in toilet swirls only one way due to coreolis effect- false
rockets work by the blast coming out of the end and pushing on the launch pad- false
skiers ski on snow- false, mostly
burgers at ski resorts ar $25 each- false, well, close!
sticking tongue out at ski patrol will get your ticket punched- false, it'll get you killed!
cracking too many dumb jokes in this thread will get you killed- maybe.

Many of these are false and can be backed up with evidence and common sense. Toward the last I couldn't help getting silly again!

Life's a pain... then you nap. Cat philosphy
post #22 of 62
Interesting that no one commented about the safety of the fetus, and what would happen in case of a serious fall, or being hit by another skier or snowboarder.

Skiing by pregnant women sounds high risk to me, so why chance anything but the opportunity for a normal delivery of a healthy baby ?
post #23 of 62
Skied to 4 months with no ill effects, then the snow ran out (perfect timing to not miss the following season either). Gave up racing/race training, and (big) bumps in the last month. But as mentioned earlier I can be pretty confident that I'm not going to fall - wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone inexperienced.
post #24 of 62
>>Skiing by pregnant women sounds high risk to me, so why chance anything but the opportunity for a normal delivery of a healthy baby ?<<

Obviously skiing the moguls, racing, steeps (true steeps) or any other activity "on the edge" is stupid when in advanced pregnancy. But my wife spent those last months crusing on greens and blues, at a VERY uncrowded ski area, her own comment "I'm quite sure that I'm safer doing this than walking down the street . . . its even a smoother ride for our kid!"
post #25 of 62
Hey, Wink: pregnant women driving cars at highway speeds is way more dangerous to both mother and fetus than potential falls on a ski slope.

A gal I know who was coaching a high school team while carrying her last baby skied until a week before the birth. Her biggest problem was putting on the boots: She couldn't reach the buckles. She DID take it really easy the last couple of weeks, largely because she felt her balance had changed enough to make it harder to relax.
post #26 of 62
Bethany, its okay, I wasn't angry. Sometimes my profession calls for me to overstate the obvious, because although people have brains, they often fail to use them.

Right after posting my last message on this thread, the most ludicrous thing happened. Please forgive me if I go slightly OT, but I really need to vent.

I went in last night to teach 2 classes, the first one a Pilates Mat, the second a pre natal exercise class. 15 minutes prior to class, I noticed that my room was too warm. I went to the front desk staff and told them that not only was the classroom to warm for Pilates, it would be a health hazzard for pregnant women. They said fine, they would cool it down, and in the future they would remember to cool the room off fairly early.

My pre natal class had 3 new participants that evening, all who were directed to the correct room. Later, I got home to receive a phone call from the manager. It seems that a pregnant woman meant to come into my class, but accidentally went to the Yoga class that took place at the same time in a different studio. She was extremely upset, and thought she may have done something to "hurt her baby".

To make a long story short, I contacted her the next day. She told me that the front desk people told her to go to the wrong room. I calmly explained the reasons that wasn't possible; I had already had discussion with them about which room was teaching in, and they had correctly dirested 3 other people to my classroom. In a small voice she replied "I think I asked them where the Yoga class was". To top it off, rather than question the fact that no one in the room looked pregnant, the yoga instructor was MALE and they were lying on their backs and stomachs, she just went along with what they were doing. To top it off, she is still taking Kick Boxing classes. For the record, in the past year, I know of 7 miscarriages: All 7 participants took Kick Boxing during their pregnancy.

Yep, people have brains, but they tend to let them atrophy.
Ryan, sorry to take this off your topic.

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #27 of 62
Perhaps it's unique to my yoga studio, but the 2 male instructors I take class with always ask a series of questions at the beginning of class and run through the no-nos that come with each answer. Is anyone new to yoga, 10 classes or less and...Is anyone pregnant.

What kind of answer is that? No one looked pregnant!?!? He should be fired. Clearly, in this case, she doesn't sound like the sharpest tool in the tool box either, but still...

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post #28 of 62
skiminker: I forgot to mention that she arrived 10 minutes late for class. Most teachers do a pre screening at the begining of class. But its really hard to interrupt the flow of your teaching for late commers, and if were not a health club setting, many yoga teachers would not allow anyone in after the class has begun. The pregnant woman at the gym often wear big Tee shirts to cover their stomachs, and the yoga teachers keep the studio fairly dark.
post #29 of 62
Fair enuf.
post #30 of 62
On this thread, I have read some marvelous accounts about pregnant women skiing and doing other very athletic things right up to or at least very close to delivery time.

You, know we are adults, and we live in a "free" country,whre it is OK to make bad choices. As long as it doesn't effect anyone else that is living, its fine.

Frankly, a 5-10 mph hit of one auto on another [ Kneale ] I don't think is as bad as that happening on a ski slope. I think a pregnant women getting slightly jarred in her auto is far less risky than hitting the deck on a ski slope.

You have to define what's best for you and the potential of delivering a health full term baby,and frankly, skiing not matter how great the athlete and skills is high risk. Yoga, and yoga exercises specially designed for pregnant women is good, as oteh forms of exercise that make allowances for pregnancy.Skiing on less severe slopes, or beginner slopes, just opens the possibility that some beginning out of control skier will slam into you.

But that's my opinion. My wife absolutely, positively refused to ski when pregnant with any of our children. She felt the risks were too high for a miscarriage.
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