Post # 1
I just posted this on the pregnancy boards, but someone suggested that I might get more useful responses if I posted here, many of you ladies were probably pregnant last winter. Here is the post:
Hi Pregnant Bees!
I will start off by saying I am not looking for advice from nonskiiers or novice skiiers, to the tune of ‘why take the risk?’.
I’m an expert skiier – skiing every winter, all winter, all weekend, many evenings, since I was 5, raced all my childhood, got bored of racing and switched to freestyle, got bored of freestyle and switched to acro, got bored of acro and learned to snowboard, loved that for a while, now back to skiing. That kind of skiier 🙂 I just found out I am pregnant, so I am due in June. This means that I will be in my second trimester for most of the ski season this year. I already bought my pass – figuring it was better to have a ski pass in case I didn’t get pregnant than not be able to ski AND not be pregnant. We got pregnant right away, much to our surprise.
I am on the fence about whether to return my pass. If I return it by a certain date, I will get 80% of my money back, then 60, then 40, etc… but part of me just doesn’t want to return it!! I know lots of pregnant ladies have continued to ski throughout their pregnancies. I am a very competent skier and I only fall if I really push myself (which I often do – go as fast as I can, ski as hard as I can, hit jumps and ski glades and the like). Of course if I ski while pregnant I will just stick to cruiser runs, take it easy, not take any risks, go slow, and mostly be out there just to be out there and get some fresh air and hang out with my fiance and our friends.
Any pregnant or past-pregnant bees out there who are moderate- to high-performance skiiers, especially those who did ski while pregnant, have any advice for me? Thanks!
Post # 3
I’m not an avid skiier or a mother, but maybe a bump will help people in that category see your post! I have a friend that recently had a baby and she was saying that she wanted to go water skiing during the summer, but was advised not to by her doctor even though she wasn’t very far along at all (found out she was pregnant in June, baby came in February). Maybe snow skiing is different though!
Post # 4
@MsCarabiner: thanks! Yeah I think the thing with water skiing is that water can actually shoot up your lady parts if you fall weird or don’t let go or something, plus the potential for jolting and falling. But as someone who has only water skied once (AND had that happen to me, gross/weird/agh!), I probably don’t have the slightest clue if there is actually much chance of that happening, or taking rough falls, if you are really good at it and set limits for how hard to push yourself. For skiing the risks are falling weird or having someone run into you, and pregnancy-related balance issues and loose ligaments might make that more likely and make it hard to judge your current abilities, even if you are a good skier (these are what i have gathered from the thread I started in the pregnant community). I’d love to get some more feedback from skiers who have been pregnant and chose to / not to ski though! A lot of what I got over there was ‘I don’t ski but you better not do that because it’s a RISK!’ even though that was exactly what I didn’t ask for, blarg. No kidding, so is driving a car or eating at a restaurant… I’d love some informed advice so I can better calculate this risk. thanks for the bump 🙂
Post # 5
My sister lives in Telluride Colorado and snowboarded the mountains until about 30 weeks..
Post # 6
I’m a fairly advanced skiier (although probably not quite advanced as you) but I know the type of skiier you’re talking about.
I am currently pregnant so there was no skiing while pregnant for me due to the season.
I’m not going to tell you “too risky”, Here are my thoughts:
I think greens/blues would be low-risk, but whenever you’re out on those trails, especially on a busy day you run the risk of Novices skiing into you. I would be far less concerned about myself falling and more concerned about being hit by someone else.
Personally, I think the risk level for an advanced skiier would not be much more than regular physical activity – however I know myself and even that small chance for me would put me off using the pass.
Post # 7
i did before i found out i was pregnant i found out a month and a half later that i was pregnant (i was on the pill and figured i wasnt pregnant). nothing bad came of it. once your belly gets big i probably wouldn’t. ask your dr.’s opinion. normally they say “exercise the way you were before you got pregnant” but there’s a big fall (hard fall!) risk with it. you’re the expert though i think people running into you would be my biggest deterrent.