Is It Too Risky?
I love to ski and am a "safe" intermediate skier. Is it too risky to carry on during the early months of a pregnancy? - Diane, New York
The expert answers
Downhill skiing is one of those activities that is pretty much taboo during pregnancy, even for experienced skiiers. The risk of injuring yourself or your baby is relatively high due to your changing center of gravity and loosening joints and ligaments.
How about switching to cross country skiing this season? You'll get an awesome workout without the risk of abdominal trauma. You'll still need to make sure to drink LOTS of water before, during, and after your workouts to stay well-hydrated.
Talk to your caregiver about the downhill skiing - maybe you can continue through your first trimester (which just might get you through the best part of the season!) and then switch activities as your pregnancy progresses. Remember: your goal here is to grow a healthy baby, so if you have to miss one winter of downhill, it's really a very small price to pay for a lifetime with your child.