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Skiing after pregnancy

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hello!

I've been reading some of the threads about skiing while pregnant and most of the feedback is regarding the safety of the baby while skiing.  However, does anyone have any feedback regarding skiing after pregnancy?  My wife is due Dec. 6th and she is hoping that she'll be able to get out and ski this season, possibly in the spring.  We're concerned about the lack of ligament strength, leg strength and balance after pregnancy.

Any comments/suggestions?

Thanks!
post #2 of 11
I think the biggest challenge is finding the time and energy to do anything other than taking care of the little one. But spring seems like a realistic goal. Don't be surprised if, after giving birth, your wife doesn't want to ski, preferring to spend all her free time with the baby. That happens too (though less to fathers!).
post #3 of 11
 Paging Snowmeiser
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/68062/yahoooo-i-got-my-gold-pin

Snowmeiser is a ski instructor in your neck of the woods that happened to get her L3 gold pin while she was pregnant.  Needless to say, she skied after pregnancy and probably has some great advice, and perhaps a moment or two to share on the slopes with your lovely wife.
post #4 of 11
If your wife stays fairly active through her pregnancy and she is a skier, she'll have no more problem returning to skiing after the baby than she would the first days of the season. I attended a clinic a week after giving birth. I still had to wear the funky maternity ski clothes I'd fashioned for myself and I felt fat and sloppy but dang it was great to feel the wind in my face again. 
post #5 of 11
My wife was pretty fit when she got pregnant so it probably helped (it happened on a ski trip to Europe - that place is romantic LOL). We didn't notice any difference than starting at the beginning of a season when not really training much prior. Our son was born Dec 25 and she skied a few times that spring. Just took a little more time to get into it. Me on the other hand, I wasn't even close to what I was and have never been as prime as I was BK.

You will just be happy to get out.  Congrats!
post #6 of 11
I agree with Nolo. I'm sure my wife would say that the limitations resulting from the pregnancy were gone in a few weeks but the exhaustion from dealing with a new child lasted - well we don't really know how long - it's gone on at least 18 years so far!
post #7 of 11
I've taught prenatal exercise for many years, and it really comes down to a case by case basis. For example, when I worked in corporate fitness, one of my students went through three pregnancies. Each was totally different. The keyword here is a hormone called relaxin, whose purpose is to relax the pelvic ligaments to facilitate the birth process. Unfortunately, in some but not all women, the secretion is systemic, which leads to excessive joint laxity. This is sometimes compounded by the type of prenatal yoga classes that promote Gumby like flexibility, without balancing it with strength training.

My advice would be to observe your wife in the postpartum period. If her every day movements seem a bit wobbly,encourage her to do some strength and balance training. She should be able to ski before long.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the feedback so far.  She's a very healthy person in general and has been exercising throughout the pregnancy. 

She does have a wobbly knee as it is, so I'm wondering how the relaxin will effect her ligaments once we start exercising and returning to our normal activities after Baby Beans is born.  Baby Beans is just the nickname since we don't know if we're having a boy or girl.

We are planning on visiting family in Edmonton and Calgary in March, so we're hoping to spend a few days out in Banff.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by MiRider View Post

  Baby Beans is just the nickname since we don't know if we're having a boy or girl.
 

Good for you! We wanted it to be a surprise too and didn't find out since there are very few surprises left in life!

It seems that core strength is the last to come back. Kim Clisters mentioned that recently during the US Open (tennis) while coming back after a being off a couple years to have a baby and she went on to win it. So tell her to work on her core as soon as she is able.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yea, it was tough convincing my wife to keep it a secret.  This is baby #1 and she really wanted to find out.  Now that we're closer, she says she's glad that it's going to be a surprise! 
post #11 of 11
I added to my post when you were replying.....see above ^^
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Originally Posted by MiRider View Post

Yea, it was tough convincing my wife to keep it a secret.  This is baby #1 and she really wanted to find out.  Now that we're closer, she says she's glad that it's going to be a surprise! 
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