Is It Okay to Ride on ATV's during Pregnancy?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm currently 5 weeks pregnant. Is it okay for me to ride on ATV's? We'll be on 4-wheel drive roads that can get pretty bumpy. Will the bouncing cause me to have a miscarriage?

ANSWER

I would not recommend this activity during pregnancy.

The organs are developing, and it is not a good idea to severely jostle the fetus. Although the fetus is well-protected and it probably wouldn't hurt the baby to be bumped around a lot, I personally wouldn't risk it.

Some sports and activities aren't safe during pregnancy. Horseback riding, scuba, skiing, competitive mountain biking, ATVs are not recommended during pregnancy because there are always the risk factors you may not be able to control -- a spooked horse, faulty equipment, an inconsiderate or out-of-control rider.

-- Cynthia, CNM