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I have just found out I am pregnant today. I think I'm about three weeks.

I no my baby is like about the size of an apple pip at the moment.

My husband has booked us tickets for Alton towers, a theme park, for my birthday, which is in two weeks. So by then I will be approx 5 weeks pregnant when we go.

Is it safe to go on rides and things? I no that on the rides it has warning not to ride when pregnant, but I always thought that was when the baby was formed, and you had a bump etc?

People obviously give their own opinions, of how dangerous it is. And I have spoke to loads of women who have been on rides at amusement parks when pregnant and had no complications whatsoever. One of them was 5 month pregnant at the time?

So, my question is, is it safe to go on the rides? Will my baby be cushioned and protected? People have mention that placental abruption can occur. But is this likely? If its like 1% chance, theres nothing to worry about. But if theres a high risk I wont go.


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replied March 18th, 2010
First Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A10718
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You want to know the safety of roller coasters and other rides during first trimester of pregnancy.
All the bumping and sudden movements is not a good idea. Although it hasn’t been proved that it can cause miscarriage I would say it’s still best to be safe than sorry.
The concern with roller coasters during pregnancy is associated with the rapid starts and stops along with jarring that occurs during the ride. This rigorous activity creates additional jarring forces within the uterus that may lead to premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus, which is called placental abruption.
Currently, there are no studies that document a problem with roller coasters while you are pregnant. Similarly, there are no studies documenting that it is safe either. Automobile accidents have caused placental abruption and other complications for women who are pregnant even when the trauma is not directly to the uterus.
Although there have been pregnant women who have ridden a roller coaster without complication, it is a risk that should be avoided. Amusement parks are good at identifying rides that pose risks to pregnant women.
The safest course of action is to play it safe and avoid the rides that pose a risk; you can always return to the park and ride things after you deliver.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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