Anonymous Mom: I Was A Pregnant Rock Climber
My husband and I, along with all of our climbing friends, are extremely safe. Rock climbing is definitely a risky sport, but the risks we take are our own and can be minimized. Sadly, a lot of people assume pregnant women have to be in a bubble until they give birth. Pregnant women are some of the strongest people I know.
The second trimester was amazing. I felt great and I was remaining active. Around my sixth month I had to switch to a full-body harness since my belly was getting too big for a standard one. I loved the full-body harness. It made me feel secure, even if it wasnâ€™t the most flattering thing in the world! It left room for my growing belly too.
We continued to climb outdoors and at the gym. Now that I was obviously pregnant, the reactions were funny to watch. A lot of the people we met were climbers and thought it was great that I was still climbing while pregnant. Some women asked where they could get a full-body harness so they could continue to climb when they were pregnant too. Some people though, werenâ€™t as nice.
I got a lot of dirty looks and whispers from people who thought I was being too risky. I remember going to a friendâ€™s baby shower during this time and she introduced me as her â€œextreme pregnant friend.” Well, Iâ€™ll take that as a compliment I guess?
The third trimester was definitely tougher. I still felt great but my stomach was big enough to start â€œgetting in the wayâ€ when I climbed. We continued to climb as much as we could. When I didnâ€™t feel up to climbing, I would just hike in with everyone and sit around and eat. That was glorious. Just being outside would lift my mood if I was feeling down that day.