Amusement Park Rides During Early Pregnancy


Dear Midwife,
I am 8 weeks pregnant and rode an amusement park ride a couple of times with my daughter. It was called the tilt-a-whirl and it spins aound a bit. I am now terrified that the baby is ok. I did not think of it at the time because it is not too fast. But after I rode, I noticed they had posted a sign that persons with dizziness, seizures or pregnancy should avoid the ride.



What's done is done, and fetuses are pretty tough! Chances are everything will be fine, since it was so early.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.