(Closed) Do Pregnancy and Softball Mix?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How competitive is the team? Are you expected to dive for balls or slide onto base? I think hitting and running from base-to-base would be okay for the first couple months of pregnancy, but not diving/sliding/etc. I would also try to be careful when twisting to make sure you don’t pull anything… I’ve noticed my hip ligaments have been looser than usual.

I’d probably also check with your doctor, just to be sure.  Congrats on your pregnancy!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have the same issue, except it’s with soccer! And I know I really shouldn’t be playing. It’s super-difficult though because (1) we JUST started a new season and (2) I’m the captain and in charge of organizing everyone.

So +1 to the second question. What do we tell people?

My BFF who is the only other person I have told so far (and is on the team), suggested that I fake an injury … like tendonitis or something. I guess that might work.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Is there even a slight chance that you could get hit in the stomach with a ball? do you want to remain pregnant? I’d recommend sitting them out. Just say, “My doctor told me I should sit out the rest of the season.” Most people won’t inquire further, as we’ve all been trained that digging into someone’s health issues is taboo. If they do ask, just say, “I’m fine, thank you for your concern. But I’d rather not talk about it.”

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@PrncssDva:  I’ve seen women with bellies out there playing! If you feel good, I say why not keep playing 🙂 

Just for a reference, I played softball for manyyyyyy years and played just about every position and I never once was hit in the stomach. However, I WAS hit in the crotch….once….I will never pitch again.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This a question that is best for your doctor to answer.

Usually…no, you would have to sit it out.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think anything that involves flying objects is safe during pregnancy. Unless if it’s badmitten:)

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I know a lot of women still play but I personally wouldn’t. You could get hit with a ball while at bat, or miss a ball in the outfield. Also if you slipped running on the grass or something like that. I imagine you would be fine, but it’s up to you whether you want to take that chance.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t understand why you would need to sit out this early unless you’ve been given a high risk, medical reason not to! Obviously best to speak with your doctor, but seriously, if you’re playing the outfield and not too hardcore, you should definitely be ok to play the remainder of the season. It’s slow pitch too, I assume (for when at bat?)

I did stop my sports (didn’t commit for even early in the season this Spring) and my other sport was horse back riding (on young, silly horses, not safe!) so they’re definitely a little different.

@Cady:  Why “usually”?

 

I wasn’t/am not allowed to do anything, but it drives me nuts when people play fragile pregnant “don’t carry on” as normal when pregnant -what did people do in days gone by? They didn’t slow down!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Beebug:  I meant when it comes to advice from health care professionals and other sources. That “usually” the advice is to not participate, especially in the later months of pregnancy. Which is why I did not give my own opinion on the matter and that she should ask her doctor.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Cady:  OP *just* got her BFP. Later stages, my answer would be totally different, but this early I don’t see why continuing as normal would be a problem.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Beebug:  I get that, which is why I said she should ask her doctor.

*Slightly irritated*

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

Personally, I wouldn’t play softball (or do any activity) that might potentially equate to something slamming me in the stomach or falling on my stomach. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have been googling this myself (not pregnant but maybe trying soon).  It looks like it is a combination of what your MD thinks and what position you play.  I play first and almost got tackled the other week.  I’m really sad about it,  but I think that if I did get pregnant it just isn’t worth the risk.  I’m wired too competitively and even if they shoved me in right field; a ball can take a hard and unexpected bounce and catch you off guard.  Even base running can have its issues if it is a close play.  

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