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Q: Can I water ski while trying to conceive (TTC) and during pregnancy?

A: Water skiing during pregnancy has been discouraged due to concern about the entry of water under high pressure into the vagina and the genital tract. There are case reports of vaginal trauma due to water skiing, although none of the available reports involve women who were pregnant. To prevent vaginal injuries and the possible injection of water, some have recommended wearing a wetsuit or cutoff jeans in addition to a lightweight bathing suit.

According to the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Those activities with a high risk of falling or for abdominal trauma should be avoided during pregnancy," and clearly waterskiing falls into these activities.

Even if you are a good skier (or even more so if you are a good skier because you have done this for a while) there is an increased chance you may hit the water forcefully. People often do not realize that even water appears to be soft, it can act like concrete when you hit it with speed and force. If you are not pregnant, only you get hurt. During pregnancy, there are two lives falling and potentially getting injured. Although the fetus is generally well protected inside the uterus, anything that can harm you can also potentially harm the baby.

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