Mr Donald Gibb, Consultant Obstetrician, The Portland Hospital
Q. Can I go skiing at 12 weeks of pregnancy?
A. Skiing at this stage of pregnancy should be entirely safe with simple precautions. At 12 weeks of pregnancy the enlarging womb lies well protected in the lower part of the tummy. Obviously downhill racing or extended cross country skiing is not advised! Gentle to moderate skiing is quite acceptable assuming a level of skill that will avoid a sudden fall on to the tummy. The question of lower oxygen at the top of a slope should not be an issue Becoming overtired could be a problem given that tiredness is common in early pregnancy. This does not cause problems for the baby but is not good for the mother. In a twin pregnancy the womb enlarges more quickly and tiredness may be exacerbated: a little more caution is therefore required. Beyond 18 weeks the tummy is more vulnerable to trauma and only very gentle skiing should be undertaken by a good skier. If there is a minor fall then as long as there is no vaginal bleeding or fluid loss then there should be no sequel. After a knock on the tummy after 14 weeks the Rhesus blood group negative mother should be seen by a doctor.
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