Can I Snowmobile During Pregnancy?

QUESTION

Dear Fitness Expert,
I am 5 months pregnant with a normal pregnancy no complications. I was wondering if it is safe to ride snowmobile? If so, how careful must I be about riding?

ANSWER

Dear Snowmobiler,
As with horseback riding, cycling (on the streets) and skiing, the actual activity of riding the snowmobile is relatively safe for you at 5 months. This assumes you are not performing stunts and flying over bumps, putting your body through more of an impact-oriented activity.

But like horseback riding, cycling and skiing, doctors do not recommend this activity -- not because they are concerned about your physical abilities/endurance level but because of outside factors you cannot control. The best skiers, for example, are blindsided by an inexperienced skier. Horses spook, cars run cyclists off the road. The dangers of hitting something hidden beneath a blanket of snow, a tree or another snowmobile are too great. I hate to put a damper on such a fun outdoor activity but for the welfare of you and your baby, consider another winter sport. Cross-country skiing is a great, safe activity.

-- Alex

Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.

Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!