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When I thought about what it would be like to be pregnant for the first time, there were a lot of things that I failed to consider. But life goes on during those nine months, and if you plan to ride for some or any of that period, you learn to make compromises.
The problem? That advice - dispensed ad nauseam by parents and in-laws, friends, barn mates, random message board subscribers, health care providers, and everyone in between - is almost always well intentioned. That said, for my own sanity, I decided to track down some solicited advice from a few people who actually know a thing or two about riding through pregnancy: Dr. Here, they share their thoughts and first-hand experiences on five aspects of riding throughout pregnancy that every equestrian-mom-to-be will recognize. The biggest problem with riding while pregnant is that you can fall off or get dumped.
As we all know, this can happen to even Married amateur womens rider looking for her man most experienced riders. As far as any exercise goes during pregnancy, we want it to become less-impact, lower-impact, and eventually, no impact. With my older daughter, Sophia, I rode through the first trimester, and I continued to compete.
I had a really wonderful mare, Madison, at the time that I had been riding for a long time. I felt really comfortable and was basically reassured by my doctor that it was perfectly safe as long as I felt that way. My 12th week of pregnancy was during the last week of Spruce Meadows, so I rode all the way through Spruce and showed, had a great tour, and then basically to the day once my first trimester was over, I stopped riding and sort of took it easy [from then on].
I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, Luciana, about six years later, and I had gone through a lot to get there. I stopped riding, really, even before I even got pregnant. I had friends that showed until they were months pregnant, and others that just trail rode, or stopped altogether. You have to kind of find your own comfort zone. I got to a point where, toward the end of that first trimester [with Sophia], my clothes were kind of fitting differently, and I just sort of thought, Am I really going to buy a bigger pair of breeches?
So that was sort of a turning point for me. During my first pregnancy, my horse Chatwin was at the Intermediate level and I wanted to move him up myself. I did that and then stopped competing at five and a half months. At that point, I felt it was time to stop going cross country, but was fine with the rest. I rode Chatwin until I was seven and a half months pregnant and then he needed to do some competitions to keep working on his education, so my good friend and fellow eventer Tamra Smith took over the ride for me.
I actually rode until 10 days prior to having [my son] Drake, because I was rehabbing my other horse at the time, but there was certainly no sitting trot for me those last couple weeks!
Overall, I felt really good, and I also worked out at the gym five days a week and was really fit. I felt different during my second pregnancy as well. I was so exhausted and honestly, I worked out maybe six times that whole time. Having that goal of the Dressage Championships in September kind of got me back on. My jump trainer Andrea Pfeiffer was someone I really trusted to be my eye on the ground late in both pregnancies.
I knew she would be honest with me if she felt anything was becoming unsafe because my riding was changing, but we never got to that point. I rode Shutterfly and Checkmate, my top horses at the time, and I continued to compete with them [early in my first trimester]. I was trying to limit the amount of risk that was going on. I think riding a horse you know is really important. Even just the type of ride Madison was during my first pregnancy was different - the way that I rode her was sort of a low-impact ride. The second time around, I had a really nice horse, but he was sort of spooky and unpredictable, and very careful, and I just had to be really on my game with him all the time.
Knowing Chatwin [the way I do] made a huge difference. Chatwin can be certain things—I know he can be kind of naughty on the gallop hill. Not that it would damage the pregnancy by riding, but it could distract you from paying attention. But one may not quite feel the same, and you have to figure out how to maintain your seat.
The placenta puts out an enzyme that softens the ligaments, primarily, with the idea that the ts can stretch, and the pelvic girdle can open up to give more room for the baby to go through. Typically, seven months is when you might start to notice that your hip ts get sort of wobbly and uncomfortable, and less stable as you go along.
I think at the end of my pregnancies, having ridden the whole time, my weight changed and my balance changed consistently, but I was comfortable. I never felt unsafe and, really, if I could have jumped seven days a week as opposed to real flatwork, I would have. I think one of the hardest things was that no one had any advice or information for me about clothing. I had one pair of breeches for both pregnancies that, for whatever reason, were bigger than the rest. I always made a deal with myself that if I left the start box and my head was thinking about being pregnant, I would never leave the start box.
I was wearing my riding pants and she looked at me [and asked me if I was still riding]. I think [pregnancy] can be really Married amateur womens rider looking for her man, especially for people who are used to being pretty active or fit, or even relatively so. What is going on? You just look totally different and you feel so different. With the second baby, I took more time for myself and I was much kinder to myself because I knew that my body had the ability to get back to where it originally was.
I personally would give the advice to not [feel like you need to] ride too long. Whether I rode those last couple of weeks or not made absolutely no difference in the grand scheme of things. I would [tell women] to listen to their bodies and not feel that have to push that last horse show, or that last ride because it actually makes no difference in the end. Getting back in the saddle is challenging, especially with a newborn, but it is exciting and fun and so rewarding. I would just suggest that you enjoy it and not to miss out on the wonderful [gift] of being a mother.
I had very good labors both times, and I think that riding really helped with that. You stay in shape, and for me, toward the end of my pregnancy, the riding every day was more of a mental game [than anything else]. Everybody has so many opinions, but I was just kind of comfortable checking myself on it. Nina Fedrizzi spends her days writing about horse sport, food, and travel. When she's not tapping away on her MacBook, Nina can usually be found on a horse, sleuthing out the local pho, or refusing to unpack her carry-on.
Watch her do all three on Instagram ninafedrizzi. Close menu. Related: On Motherhood: Important Lessons From My Horses That said, for my own sanity, I decided to track down some solicited advice from a few people who actually know a thing or two about riding through pregnancy: Dr. Deena Kleinerman The biggest problem with riding while pregnant is that you can fall off or get dumped. Alexa Pessoa With my older daughter, Sophia, I rode through the first trimester, and I continued to compete. Frankie Thieriot Stutes During my first pregnancy, my horse Chatwin was at the Intermediate level and I wanted to move him up myself.
Alexa Pessoa I think riding a horse you know is really important. Frankie Thieriot Stutes I think at the end of my pregnancies, having ridden the whole time, my weight changed and my balance changed consistently, but I was comfortable. Frankie Thieriot Stutes I had very good labors both times, and I think that riding really helped with that. Written by Nina Fedrizzi Nina Fedrizzi spends her days writing about horse sport, food, and travel.
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