Skiing Pregnant – Yes you can!!

Skiing and snowboarding have quickly become one of the most controversial activities to engage in while pregnant.

Regardless of who you ask, they’re sure to have some serious opinions on the topic.  I, personally think that skiing pregnant is just fine, as are many other activities, as long as you’re smart and safe about it.  Remember, we’re advocating for an “I CAN” attitude around here.  

27 weeks pregnant

While I was pregnant with #1, I was determined not to let my body be slowed down by pregnancy.  However, the fact is that a pregnant body just doesn’t perform quite like it did 9-months ago.  I was discouraged and hard on myself and wasn’t sure I would EVER be up to my normal level (thank you crazy pregnancy emotions).  Of course, my body returned to normal after my son was born and so did my skiing skills.  PHEW!

With my subsequent pregnancies, I’ve learned to set realistic expectations for myself.  I don’t ski pregnant to set any records, or prove anything to anyone.  I ski pregnant because I simply LOVE TO SKI!

I’m now almost 32 weeks pregnant with baby #4 and was out on this hill just a few days ago (and am planning on more days to come).  Yes, I’ve slowed down.  A lot of that has come with the fact that there are 3 kids and only 2 of us parents, so naturally someone has to go with the slower kids :)  However, a bigger part of that has come from knowing my body, my limits, and what I’m personally comfortable with.

I avoid crowds like the plague, and the sound of  snowboarders scraping down the hill in a desperate attempt to stop scares me to death.  I either ski on easy runs with my kids at the corners of the resort where most people avoid, or I ski wide-open black runs where I feel like I can trust the skills of the skiers around me more.  I don’t ski steep tree runs or moguls pregnant (as much as I’d love to) simply because my reaction time isn’t fast enough so I don’t feel very safe with those :)

Skiing with my oldest at 30 weeks

THE REALITY OF IT ALL

While your pregnant, your baby is kept protected by a cushion of amniotic fluid.  While your skiing, your stance is also fairly balanced which doesn’t cause any unnecessary pressure or strain on your abdomen.

Why all the fuss?  If you fall hard skiing, it’s easy to quickly get injured, putting your baby at risk.

Here are some tips and guidelines that I suggest to that will help you decide if and how you should ski while pregnant:

  • First off, evaluate your skills.  If you’re a beginning skier, skiing pregnant is probably not a good idea.  If you’re an advanced intermediate or expert, your skills are likely high enough so you can ski safely.
  • Decide how hard you’re comfortable skiing.  While it may not be a great idea to go all-out-crazy, that doesn’t mean that you need to ski like a whimp either.  Set your limits before you hit the slopes so you know what you’re comfortable with before your fit non-pregnant ex-ski racing friends ask you to go for a run.
  • Acclimate to the altitude.  When you’re pregnant, altitude can have a much bigger effect on your body.  Make sure you’re acclimatized if you don’t live in the mountains, so you can make sure you’re feeling your best when you hit the slopes.
  • Avoid crowds.  Although you can help prevent yourself from falling you have no impact on other skiers around you and their crashes, so just avoid them.
  • Slow down a bit.  Skiing pregnant isn’t a race or competition.  The fact that you’re out there at all speaks volumes about how awesome you are :)
  • Be confident.  If you’re constantly on edge or nervous, it’s going to be reflected in how well you ski, so really just be confident and trust yourself.
  • Know your body.  Remember that no one else can know exactly what you’re feeling or how hard you can really push things but you.  I generally follow the rule that if it feels good, I keep doing it – if things are uncomfortable or hurt (or my gut just says I shouldn’t) I stop.

 

A perfect day, just me and my kids (4 and 2), 25 weeks with #3


Do you have any tips that have helped you have an adventurous pregnancy? 

 

7 Comments

  • Suzi says:

    I loved skiing when I was pregnant. I took the easier routes but had a blast. I swear that DS loved it too… I could feel him shift back into my pelvis like he was getting ready to ride the hill. Whee!

  • jen says:

    Love it. And you’re skiing the bumps! Go mama!

  • Keara B. says:

    Just love this post! My biggest problem was the fatigue… it can mentally difficult to think “I could do this non-stop before!” when your body might not let you go as hard while pregnant. There were a couple times I found myself at the top of a run, completely wiped out, and I knew I had to reevaluate how hard (and long) I pushed myself. For me, making sure I had enough energy to be able to completely control my body was my biggest safety concern!

    • bringthekids says:

      That’s an awesome point. It’s so easy to get SO TIRED, so knowing your body is huge (sadly for me it often takes a few of those times where I go a little too far to know where I need to stop…:)

  • Ashley says:

    Awesome!

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