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Kayaking at 31 weeks pregnant - safe or not?


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#1 zackcat

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:22 AM

I'm a strong swimmer, but have only been kayaking a few times. Friends have asked if me and DP want to go kayaking somewhere calm over christmas {one of those scoopon deals}.

DP is a very strong kayaker and wonders if we got a double kayak and he did the bulk of the muscle work, would it be safe for me? I'll be about 31 weeks at Christmas.

#2 Escapin

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:28 AM

only issue I can see is that you might have trouble getting a life vest to fit. And if you did have to swim any distance, you'd probably tire pretty quickly. Other than that, I don't see why not?

#3 Neko NoNo

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:31 AM

I'd say no, but then I hate kayaking! I always injure myself.

the recommendation on exercise in pregnancy as I know it, is exercise that you have always done is fine to keep up, but don't start some new exercise regime, except walking or swimming.

the major concern is the relaxin in your system which relaxes the ligaments making your joints more prone to injury.

However, it's your choice of course. At 30 weeks pregnant I was most happy on a couch original.gif

#4 zackcat

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:35 AM

hahaha I hadn't thought about finding a life jacket that fits over my new inbuilt flotation device  rolleyes.gif

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:35 AM

How do you feel if you need to Eskimo roll?

A friend of mine gave up her competitive canoeing when she was pregnant and couldn't go back to it afterwards as she had 'lost her nerve' now that she was a parent, said that before when she was upside down she was only thinking of herself and righting herself, after becoming a Mum she would have her head fill with "I MUST get up, my baby NEEDS me, what if I die???!" and it was a different type of panic.

As PP said you might have lifejacket issues - you also might get stuck in the 'skirt' of the boat... I'd ask the operators what they suggest if it were me.

#6 clm1982

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:40 AM

I wouldnt risk it

#7 her mum

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:44 AM

If you do decide to do it, I would check with the company first as they may have a cut off where they won't allow you to go for insurance reasons.

#8 zackcat

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

Actually I just thought about what would happen in the off-chance I did fall in....clambeing back into a kayak from the water with no-one to help me might be way to tricky.

Think I've been talked out of doing it. Thanks ladies!

#9 feralisles

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:59 AM

I would have no problem with it OP.  Those scoopon deals are generally aimed at inexperienced people who want to try something new.  The boats will be stable and they will only take you on flat water.  Life jackets are adjustable, you won't need the skirt on flat water and you won't need to eskimo roll.  If the boat tips, swim out and leave your DP to deal with it!
Back pain may be an issue if you don't have support, especially if you are in the boat for a long time.  Other than that you should be fine.

#10 Soontobegran

Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

Sounds like you've made up your mind but I would say no to kayaking due to their instability. original.gif







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