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Can You Ride Roller Coasters While Pregnant?

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There is no denying that you need to adhere to certain precautions regarding your diet and daily activities during pregnancy.

During this time, many people choose to visit museums, and some prefer going on vacation while others prefer to visit amusement parks and water parks.

When it comes to amusement parks or water parks, we often think of rollercoasters. It is a risky but also exciting game. With that in mind, you may be wondering, “Can you ride roller coasters while pregnant?” So, let’s find the answer through the following article!

Can Pregnant Women Ride Roller Coasters?

Yes, you can but you shouldn’t. It’s possible to go to an amusement park for a fun and safe day out. However, it is only safe when you take gentle rides. 

With that in mind, roller coasters are not recommended for pregnant women.

The fact is that there is no concrete evidence of any clinical studies showing that participating in this thrilling game is harmful to pregnant. But its safety has also not been confirmed. As a result, most rides tend to have warning signs posted outside warning pregnant of the risks involved.

You’re usually at the most significant risk during the first trimester of pregnancy, and this risk can be increased with roller coasters.  In addition, participating in thrilling games in the later stages of pregnancy can also lead to complications for your unborn baby.

The risks of thrill rides, virtual rides, and roller coasters can stem from rapid starts or stops. It creates the pressures and jarring forces that are against your body.

It can create additional jarring forces within your uterus, which may cause early placental separation from the wall of the uterus, also known as placental abruption.

The fact is that jarring force from rides can also lead to miscarriage or other pregnancy complications. So although the jarring force is typically less with rides at the amusement park, it still warrants precaution.

Placental Abruption

This condition occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus lining, leading to heavy bleeding and danger to the pregnant woman.

Placental abruption can cause a baby to be born with low birth weight. It can be fatal for both you and your baby in the worst-case scenario.

It can be the result of a variety of disorders. It can also occur when your body is jerked, something you can experience while riding a roller coaster or when involved in an automobile accident.

Miscarriage

When you are in the first trimester of pregnancy, the jarring force of the roller coaster is unlikely to cause you to have a miscarriage because your fetus is in the early stages of development.

But “better safe than sorry.” We recommend not riding roller coasters during pregnancy, especially in the later stages, to eliminate any risk.

pregnant women shouldn't go on roller coasters
You should avoid thrilling games like roller coasters while pregnant.

Possible Complications After Going on Roller Coasters

In most instances, the effects of going on a thrill ride may not be immediate to you. It may even be safe for many pregnant women.

We recommend that you seek a trusted doctor immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms after completing your ride:

  • Constant cramps in the abdomen and this condition continue for a long time.
  • Severe stomach and back pain.
  • Massive bleeding from the vagina.
  • Abrupt onset of abdominal pain, rapidly increasing.

What Can You Do at Amusement Parks When Pregnant?

You should take slow-paced rides that do not have sudden jerks and stops during pregnancy. Here are some examples:

  • Open car rides that have straight and smooth paths
  • Submarine rides
  • Viewing trails
  • River or forest cruises
  • Railroad tours
  • Canoe rides along a river

In addition, you should also attend musical performances, interactive shows, or gallery exhibitions. You should also contact any official park staff or guides for advice.

Also, if you plan to visit an attraction or an amusement park, you should read its official description or directions. Maybe it will contain special notes for pregnant women.

Join the journey with your friends or loved ones. They will be ready to support you when something goes wrong.

Here are some tips for you when going out at water parks:

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Get special passes
  • Add some downtime to your trip

Conclusion

We recommend returning to the park and enjoying the adventurous rides after giving birth. Although there are pregnant women who have participated in various thrill rides without complications, it’s a risk you should avoid.

The fact is that amusement park is very good at identifying games that pose a risk of harm to pregnant. Therefore, they always put up warning signs at games that can be harmful to pregnant.

Thank you for reading! Please share this article with other pregnant women!

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