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Old 04-23-2012   #1
Boise, Idaho
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Q for the ladies...anyone paddle pregnant?

feels a little silly to toss this question out there - but would love to know if any other female kayakers have experience boating while pregnant?

I am 15 weeks and am debating whether or not to run class IV-. I feel fine on class III but would love to get on a few of my favorite runs while I still have a normal sized belly. At this stage, my core muscles are still in good shape, I feel like my normal self in my kayak, and my roll feels great.

not worried about swimming and as confident as I am about my ability to stick a line, I know some accidental hole riding is always a I can't help second guessing whether or not its a wise decision to go.

I know you are supposed to avoid high risk sports like skiing but this isn't really a question that my doctor or 'what to expect when you're expecting' can help me answer! If any ladies out there have had to make the same type of decision, I would love to know what you decided....


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Old 04-23-2012   #2
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What are the runs? Can you portage or simply get out if it feels too much?

I don't kayak, but I rowed Westwater at 12,000 one spring while 6 months pregnant. Without giving all the gory details, I dumptrucked myself and had a long, scary swim. Actually 2. I was lucky and I don't regret it, it's simply a part of my life. I think the in utero adrenaline rush made my kid (now 10) a fantastic athlete!

I will say that you should consider how tired you may quickly get exerting yourself while pregnant; it creeps up on you.

And, throw out "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and look for some books by Aviva Romm Her wisdom is empowering.

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