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Riding when pregnant?
haydawgg
Reg. May 2011
Posted 2018-05-09 3:17 PM (#7395751)
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I havent posted here in a long long time, so hellooooo barrel horse world!!

Heres my question. How much riding is okay when you’re pregnant? When do you have to quit? Can i still barrel race? Im only 10 weeks and want to haul this weekend to a local race, but Im unsure if thats safe for my baby. I havent announced my pregnancy yet, so i cant post on facebook and Im sure most doctors would tell me absolutely not to!

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rpreast
Reg. Nov 2015
Posted 2018-05-09 3:27 PM (#7395752 - in reply to #7395751)
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I think this largely depends on you as an individual. I know women who have quit at 10 weeks, and I know of one woman who ran up until she was 6 months along!

Congrats by the way!!!
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Reg. May 2015
Posted 2018-05-09 3:59 PM (#7395753 - in reply to #7395751)
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My doctor and I were very honest with each other, and he told me to keep riding up until the point I no longer felt comfortable. I had a difficult horse at the time that I didn't feel safe riding, so I quit earlier than I planned. If I had a good solid horse, I probably would've run till I was 4 or 5 months along.
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SmoothIsFast
Reg. Sep 2017
Posted 2018-05-09 5:58 PM (#7395765 - in reply to #7395751)
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With my last pregnancy I literally ran down and roped heifers the day I was scheduled to go in for induction at 40 weeks. I'm 25 weeks now and still riding. I wouldn't be jumping on any greenies but otherwise as long as I feel comfortable I ride. Barring any medical issues and whatnot. ??

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haydawgg
Reg. May 2011
Posted 2018-05-09 10:26 PM (#7395787 - in reply to #7395751)
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Thanks for the input! And I am actually suffering from EXTREME morning sickness...so most days I don’t really feel much like riding anyway as it has been relentless 24/7 nausea and vomiting almost every hour some days. I’ve already been hospitalized 3 times at 10 weeks! Luckily I’ve been better this week, which is why I’m hoping to hit a barrel race while I can! My horse I’m riding now is a little on the difficult side. He isn’t green, but can be challenging when he’s fresh. I feel comfortable riding him while pregnant, but only if I thoroughly lunge him first!
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jake16
Reg. Apr 2006
Posted 2018-05-09 10:50 PM (#7395788 - in reply to #7395751)
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 you really should be talking to your doctor about it.These girls can tell you how long they rode for but honestly you should check with your doctor.IT WOULD BE AWFUL to have something go wrong with the pregnancy that could have been avoided.
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Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2018-05-10 6:51 AM (#7395791 - in reply to #7395751)
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I haven’t been in your shoes yet, but I’ve already told my husband the reason I’m hauling as hard as I am now and am so focused is because I know when we do choose to have kids I’ll be stepping back from the horses for a bit.

The last horse who bucked on me? My rock solid little barrel horse, because he made a move, I made a mistake, got him with my spur and he let me know. The last horse I fell off of? Another solid citizen of ours who took a bad step and fell with me.

I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if something happened, that’s just me. I also know that I wouldn’t ride nearly as aggressively or well with that in the back of my mind.
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Tilt The Kilt
Reg. Jan 2005
Posted 2018-05-10 7:12 AM (#7395793 - in reply to #7395751)
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Congrats on the pregnancy, I'm sure all will be fine.  But, it isn't always.  I quit early.  Had a hard dismount off my tried-and-true older gelding who for the first time in his long life got upset about something and knowing I was pregnant I thought I'd better select my own dismount rather than see where it was going.  The force ended up causing my placenta to start to tear away, which we'd found out that evening when I started to bleed.  Hospitalized, resolved the bleeding over 4 days but the placenta was a notable concern.  Bled again at 17 weeks, and was hospitalized for another week, it continued to separate. They put me on full time bed rest the remainder of the pregnancy, pre-labor meds I had to take every 3 hours around the clock. They also gave me shots to mature her lungs when she was 25 weeks along in case she came early.  That was a rough scary pregnancy and I had no desire to possibly repeat it during my 2nd pregnancy so I didn't ride at all for that one.  Not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things or time. I got back to it and barely remember the time off.  You just have to do what you mentally feel is best.  
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Reg. Jan 2017
Posted 2018-05-10 7:25 AM (#7395795 - in reply to #7395751)
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I understand you want to ride as long as possible but please take into consideration the "what ifs" I don't see a point in riding past 3-4 months. It's just dangerous. On fb I recently saw a girl riding a green 3 yr old at 8 months pregnant and bragging about how calm the 3yr old was....why on Earth anyone would do such a thing is beyond me. I seriously am still in shock she even posted the she and the caption. It's not a contest to see how long you can ride nor will anyone think your a better horseman for it.
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Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2018-05-10 8:42 AM (#7395801 - in reply to #7395751)
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I was so different back then. I was young and fearless and rode to 21 weeks at a 3 day race. Now if I could take it back I probably would. I think I didn't realize how bad it could have been on everyone including my self had something happened. Its not like we plan for accidents you know?  In the grand scheme of things we do what we can to protect our youngins the best we can so if its a choice I can make to keep them safe I take it now no matter how much fun I miss out on. That smile was and still is worth a little boredom. 
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Reg. Aug 2009
Posted 2018-05-10 8:45 AM (#7395803 - in reply to #7395788)
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jake16 - 2018-05-09 10:50 PM

 you really should be talking to your doctor about it.These girls can tell you how long they rode for but honestly you should check with your doctor.IT WOULD BE AWFUL to have something go wrong with the pregnancy that could have been avoided.

This. We don't know your medical history.

I have friends that rode the whole time and friends that quit when they found out - all were personal choices.

My sister in law rode up until about 6-7 months with her first, she got bucked off (actually managed to step off and land on her feet) and that was it for her...second baby she was so miserable and sick she had just about quit before she even realized she was pregnant, and stayed sick the entire time.

Personally, I'm not sure what I would do...
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barrelrider
Reg. Jan 2010
Posted 2018-05-10 8:52 AM (#7395804 - in reply to #7395751)
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My doctor told me to go for it. He said that my body would tell me when to stop. I raced until 5-6 months pregnant and then just rode at the house after that. You decide what is best for you. Don't let anyone sway your decision at all. Listen to your body.
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Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-05-10 8:58 AM (#7395806 - in reply to #7395751)
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Every body is so different, I rode till my belly got in the way, then I just helped in the arena are in the office.. If you doctor says its ok then ride. But really dont risk it if you have a goofy horse..   
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canturner
Reg. Oct 2007
Posted 2018-05-10 10:41 AM (#7395837 - in reply to #7395751)
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 I was just in your shoes this past fall.  I am currently 37 weeks 5 days.  I made my last run when I was 9-10 weeks along.  I really only did it because I was on a tried and true steady eddie.  We had already paid up a large chunck of money for this finals and I had talked to my doctor who told me I was okay to ride as long as I wanted to.  This was going to be our last run for the season anyways so it didn't affect much on my decision.  But I do know if I would have been on a different horse there is no way I would have continlued on riding.  
I had already told my husband I didn't plan on doing much riding while pregnant as the risk just wasn't worth it.  When dealing with an animal who has a mind of it's own it was just something I didn't want to chance.  
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SC Wrangler
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2018-05-10 10:47 AM (#7395840 - in reply to #7395806)
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Riding during a healthy pregnancy probably does not pose a risk.  HOWEVER it is the what-ifs that are the problem.  You are on a live animal and even the gentlest, most trustworthy, solid horse can react to his surroundings or even trip over his own toes and fall.  

When you choose to become pregnant you become responsible for a life that has no say in your choices.  Is that life worth an avoidable risk?  Can you live with the consequences if the worst were to happen?  Nine months of not riding is really nothing in the big scheme of things.  
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Reg. Oct 2013
Posted 2018-05-10 10:57 AM (#7395843 - in reply to #7395840)
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SC Wrangler - 2018-05-10 10:47 AM

Riding during a healthy pregnancy probably does not pose a risk.  HOWEVER it is the what-ifs that are the problem.  You are on a live animal and even the gentlest, most trustworthy, solid horse can react to his surroundings or even trip over his own toes and fall.  

When you choose to become pregnant you become responsible for a life that has no say in your choices.  Is that life worth an avoidable risk?  Can you live with the consequences if the worst were to happen?  Nine months of not riding is really nothing in the big scheme of things.  

This is pretty much the way I felt when I was pregnant years ago. It is just a personal decision. The 6 or so months I was off wasn't really a big deal in my scheme of things. But I am not saying that is what someone else should do at all. I doubt any woman takes this decision lightly. The diversity of the human race is our greatest beauty, I think.
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Reg. Jul 2012
Posted 2018-05-10 11:17 AM (#7395845 - in reply to #7395840)
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SC Wrangler - 2018-05-10 8:47 AM

Riding during a healthy pregnancy probably does not pose a risk.  HOWEVER it is the what-ifs that are the problem.  You are on a live animal and even the gentlest, most trustworthy, solid horse can react to his surroundings or even trip over his own toes and fall.  

When you choose to become pregnant you become responsible for a life that has no say in your choices.  Is that life worth an avoidable risk?  Can you live with the consequences if the worst were to happen?  Nine months of not riding is really nothing in the big scheme of things.  

Perfectly said. That old steady eddie can have a bee sting, trip and not recover before they go down etc it doesn't have to be some rank knothead that is known to buck. The time you're pregnant really does fly by, until the last month, that month takes a year to go by ;)

Its something only you can decide on what you are willing to gamble. For myself and my husband the risk of some random accident wasn't even worth considering either time I was pregnant. I took the time off from the horses and we all enjoyed a bit of a vacation and before I knew it I was saddling up again :) Congrats on your little one on the way, they are the biggest blessing!
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Reg. Apr 2010
Posted 2018-05-10 11:31 AM (#7395846 - in reply to #7395751)
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haydawgg - 2018-05-09 3:17 PM I havent posted here in a long long time, so hellooooo barrel horse world!! Heres my question. How much riding is okay when you’re pregnant? When do you have to quit? Can i still barrel race? Im only 10 weeks and want to haul this weekend to a local race, but Im unsure if thats safe for my baby. I havent announced my pregnancy yet, so i cant post on facebook and Im sure most doctors would tell me absolutely not to!

 Well, honestly, NO RIDING while you are pregnant is the absolute safest. Of course, when you ride, there is a risk that you can fall off, and falls are very dangerous for growing babies.

But with that said, it's your body and your baby. Part of deciding to ride or not ride while pregnant is your choice.  It is important that you include your doctor in on this conversation because it is possible (for example) for you to have some spotting if you do choose to ride. And there are certain things (like placenta prevencia) that could be extremely dangerous for you to ride while pregnant.  So again, make sure you include your doctor in the decision.

With my first successful pregnancy, I did not ride while pregnant but it was more by circumstance. Both of my horses happened to get hurt and winter was approaching anyway. For my second, I rode and barrel raced until about halfway through the 2nd trimester ... and decided to be done when I could no longer fit into my riding jeans. However, I only rode my own two horses who I trust and know like the back of my hand. I would not, and didn't, ride any strange horses or green horses.

Only you can decide what's right for you, and your baby.

 
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Reg. Sep 2007
Posted 2018-05-11 12:26 AM (#7395930 - in reply to #7395751)
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One thing to keep in mind a lot of doctors are not horse people. He/she may think you are out riding 20 yr old Mable around the pasture at a walk.
I think I would show him via a video what kind of riding I was planning on doing.
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Reg. Aug 2014
Posted 2018-05-11 8:54 AM (#7395946 - in reply to #7395751)
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My doctor told me to quit at 12 weeks because that's when the baby starts to get large enough it's not cradled and protected by the pelvic bone anymore. I know some people who have ridden much further into their pregnancies, but I wouldn't do it honestly. I once watched a very pregnant woman run her "steady Eddie" horse, and he fell going into the first barrel. She came off and landed on her back, but it was still scary to watch. Years ago there was a woman in our area who ran in a rodeo when she was very pregnant, and somehow she got the saddle horn jammed into her stomach. It caused brain damage, and her son will be permanently disabled. It's worth it to take the time off to make sure your baby is as healthy as possible. Horses will still be there when you're not pregnant anymore.
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Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2018-05-11 2:23 PM (#7395983 - in reply to #7395751)
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My doctor always told me that barrel racing was at my discretion til 12 weeks. That said, I never did it. It wasn't worth the risk to me, personally.

As far as riding, I rode til about 18 weeks with both kids, on my solid mare. Once my balance felt different or 'off' because of my growing belly, I called it quits.
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AllAroundRider
Reg. Sep 2009
Posted 2018-05-11 4:43 PM (#7395990 - in reply to #7395751)
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You will get a thousand different opinions on this just like everything else that has to do with babies and what you should and should not do. The people that scold and judge you for riding are the same that will eat sushi and sample wine and be just fine when the kid is older and riding a dirt bike over jumps without a helmet. Point is, do what works for you and your family and don't worry too much about what Doris has to say. I rode until 6 months and really only stopped then because it was cold. I didn't get very big and still had great balance. Riding was the only time I didn't want to puke my guts out for the first 16 weeks so it was a welcome time.
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Reg. Aug 2015
Posted 2018-05-11 5:31 PM (#7395992 - in reply to #7395751)
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I miscarried after my steady, safe, sane barrel horse slipped and fell while we were working barrels at a slow lope at home. I was at 10 weeks. My doctor told me I could keep riding till I felt like I couldn't, so I did. Never again. Not worth it. I'm pregnant again now and I stopped riding the minute I got a positive pregnancy test. I'm at 29 weeks now and I don't regret letting my horses sit the rest of the summer at all. For me, it's just not worth the risk. I wish I had stopped riding before when I found out I was pregnant the first time, and I will probably always feel horrible about it. 9 months is not that long, but nothing I can do will bring that baby back.
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Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2018-05-11 9:07 PM (#7396003 - in reply to #7395992)
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majiksummer - 2018-05-11 5:31 PM

I miscarried after my steady, safe, sane barrel horse slipped and fell while we were working barrels at a slow lope at home. I was at 10 weeks. My doctor told me I could keep riding till I felt like I couldn't, so I did. Never again. Not worth it. I'm pregnant again now and I stopped riding the minute I got a positive pregnancy test. I'm at 29 weeks now and I don't regret letting my horses sit the rest of the summer at all. For me, it's just not worth the risk. I wish I had stopped riding before when I found out I was pregnant the first time, and I will probably always feel horrible about it. 9 months is not that long, but nothing I can do will bring that baby back.

I'm so sorry this happened to you
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Reg. Dec 2013
Posted 2018-05-14 9:43 AM (#7396150 - in reply to #7395751)
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Im currently pregnant and due in 2 weeks. I haven't stepped foot in the saddle since finding out at 6 weeks. Do I miss it, absolutely! Did my doctor say I could do it until 4/5 months pregnant, yes! I completely agree with one of the previous posters. When people think of horseback riding, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the dead head on a trail. Not barrel racing, definitely be honest with your doctor when discussing your plans.

My reason for stopping was not because I thought I was going to get bucked off or kicked. My horse is extremely laid back and hasn't bucked a day in his life, but like the others said....what if? What if he tripped and I hit the horn? What if he didn't stop fast enough and hit the gate? What if he slipped in a turn? So many things that are out of our control. Is it worth losing your baby?
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Reg. Feb 2005
Posted 2018-05-14 10:48 AM (#7396159 - in reply to #7395751)
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It's a personal choice, my Dr told me through the 1st trimester was okay - they are well protected during that time frame.  I ran my last race in November @ 6 weeks - our season was pretty much over at that point anyways.  Accidents happen - falls, trips, holding pen crashes, etc. on even the best broke, well behaved horses. 

Barrel Racing will still be here when you are ready to get back at it!
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Reg. Mar 2013
Posted 2018-05-14 2:40 PM (#7396206 - in reply to #7395751)
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I quit running in August and had my baby in December. If your body is used to it you'll be ok. I was hardly showing when I stopped riding. If I had been Im sure I would have stopped sooner.  
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Reg. Feb 2009
Posted 2018-05-17 4:24 PM (#7396556 - in reply to #7395751)
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I'm currently 15 weeks pregnant and have not been riding since I got that positive test. We have been through SO much trying to get pregnant that it absolutely was a no-brainer to me to stop riding. I still lunge my riding horse a few times a week for short periods, but it's mostly for my mental well-being to be honest. I bred my 5 year old mare that I was planning on entering this summer, since she suffered a stifle injury a week before I found out I was pregnant. It really hasn't bothered me like I thought it would to stop running barrels; there's so much to do to get ready for the baby and I'm just enjoying every second of it. 9 months isn't that long and the horses (and barrel racing) will be there when I'm ready to start back. It is a personal decision that no one on here can make for you, but for me it was an easy decision to make.
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Reg. Jun 2005
Posted 2018-05-20 8:45 AM (#7396740 - in reply to #7395751)
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This may have already been said but I’ve got to get ready for church so will just give you my knowledge...
The doctor told me to do as I was doing as long as I felt comfortable and balanced. So I rode up until a month before I had my first with no problems...or so I thought... it was later explained to me why I suffer with bladder problems and incontinence... picture your bladder being held by your bodies muscles as God created.. now that they have had to carry a greater load because of your pregnancy they aren’t as tight and strong as they once were. It’s not a muscle you can strengthen with exercise like keagles or push ups if you get my drift... hope it helps you make the right choice
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