Is it safe to ride horseback during pregnancy?
The general consensus is that horseback riding is unsafe during pregnancy.
Falling or being thrown from the horse is one danger for you and your baby. But even more important is the jostling motion of horseback riding. Unless you're riding at a very slow walk, that motion creates a risk of placental abruption – a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta separates from the uterus.
If a pregnant woman falls or is in a low-speed car collision, we monitor her for signs of placental abruption. I would equate this with the kind and level of sheer force you could be subjected to on horseback.
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