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#1 FiFo

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

Hi All,
It is my DH's bday in 3 weeks and he has asked for an 'experience gift'. IE he wants to go out a do something which is great and something we have done lots in the past. My first thought and something I know he would love is to go to this high ropes/treetop adventure park in our town. Neither of us have done it before but it looks like such fun.

On his birthday I will be about 9 weeks pg. The website for the course says 'not recommended for pregnant women'. But I'm curious would you do it? Is this just a blanket recommendation to cover themselves. We are very fit and very active but obviously I don't want to do anything to harm the baby. The course caters for kids from 3 years so its obviously not all really intense and you are always in a harness so really safe.

Please let me know your thoughts. Also, if you can think of any other activities I can give DH that I can do safely...i'm all ears

#2 againagain

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

At the risk of being shot down on here - I would do it. The baby is so tiny and nestled in the pelvis, you would have to do something seriously bad to damage the baby! Of course I would only do something intense and physically demanding if you are USED to doing a high level of exercise, which it sounds like you are.

I suppose the only thing thing I would bear in mind is the extra stretchy ligaments in pregnancy - it *may* be easy to do yourself an injury.

#3 Tesseract

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

If a 3 year old can do it, then I would do it at 9 weeks pregnant.

#4 kristylee21

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

I used to work at a treetop park. There are different courses, an adult and child won't be on the same course. As soon as I found out I was pregnant the doc told me I could no longer wear my harness and do my normal job of helping people on the course. I was put on office/ helping people get into their harnesses duty. Personally I wouldn't do it as where a harness digs in when supporting your weight it right over ur uterus

ETA: that the harness is used to support you while going across a flying fox. Your legs will take most of the pressure but it can ride up and put pressure on ur stomach

Edited by kristylee21, 11 January 2013 - 01:49 PM.


#5 ell80

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

When I was pregnant with DD, I climbed at an indoor climbing gym 1-2 weekly. (This is with a harness, but in a normal climb it shouldn't put much pressure on your belly - it's for safety in case of a fall only.) My GP said it was ok until about 12 weeks when you start to pop-out, and after that I shouldn't anymore.  This is because if I fell then the harness will put pressure on your belly (the actual climbing was not the problem)
She was a GP, not an OB.

#6 sleepyerin

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

I think it's really your call. If you have any dizziness or issues with low blood pressure, it might not be a great idea, but otherwise, if you feel comfortable, you'll probably be fine. It might be better to reassess closer to the day, just in case how you feel changes.

I wouldn't do it, but that's because I have low bp and am super uncoordinated!

ETA: If you do need to wear a harness, then I would check with your dr if it's ok.

Edited by sleepyerin, 11 January 2013 - 02:14 PM.


#7 T_Baby

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

It's totally up to you whatever you are comfortable with - although a friend advised me to make choices that wouldn't make me feel guilty *if* something bad happeend.

But I'm the type of person who wants to wrap myself up in cotton wool for the next 8 months *just in case*!

Edited by T_Baby, 11 January 2013 - 01:54 PM.


#8 Choufleur

Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

If you're pretty fit you're provably ok. I'd be more worried about feeling queasy.

#9 WithSprinkles

Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

If it were me, no. But I'm a worrier who does everything by the book.

#10 ~sydblue~

Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE (Tesseract @ 11/01/2013, 02:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If a 3 year old can do it, then I would do it at 9 weeks pregnant.

If it is the same sort of place DD13 went to, the younger ones have a very different course. The adults and those over a certain age have a much higher more intense course.
DD is not a chicken and is very sporty, and even she said she wouldn't attempt the really high one. So no, if 9wks pregnant I would not do it.

#11 sweetmango

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

Not sure where you live but if you are close enoughtiger is the sydney Harbour bridge climb or what about going up in a hot air balloon or a mystery flight?

Edited by takingitback, 11 January 2013 - 08:05 PM.


#12 Lada5574

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:01 AM

I'm in Europe at the moment with DH, and we have skiing in switzerland for 3 days booked next week - ill be 6 and a half weeks by then. thoughts?.....

#13 jcw21

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

QUOTE (Lada5574 @ 12/01/2013, 06:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm in Europe at the moment with DH, and we have skiing in switzerland for 3 days booked next week - ill be 6 and a half weeks by then. thoughts?.....



I would ski, you have plenty of padding with lots of clothing on and if you fall over its more likely to be your legs or arms that you fall on, don't push yourself too hard though if you haven't done it before it can be quite exhausting plus be careful of getting light headed at higher altitudes :-) Most of all though enjoy it, its an amazing experience

#14 sleepyerin

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

Lada - Last pregnancy my OB said that skiing was fine, it was falling and crashing that was a problem. That said, I didn't ski that year, mainly because by the time it was ski season, I was huge! And had osteitis pubis/SPD.

If you feel ok, then go for it, just be wary of obstacles and the issues others have already mentioned and don't push yourself too much - relaxin may already be having an impact on you, in which case you joints and ligaments will be less stable.

Don't be afraid to have a rest and enjoy hot chocolate or equivalent by a nice fire original.gif

Most of all - enjoy being on a lovely trip! And in such beautiful places!




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