hang gliding during pregnancy

Since hang gliding involves being lifted off the ground and taking flight, there are certain concerns about hang gliding during pregnancy.

Hang gliding is an aviation sport and requires lessons by certified instructors. The training period is not that long, and most people can finish lessons in 3-6 months before acquiring the introductory pilot ratings of beginner and novice.  

History of Hang Gliding

Some say hang gliding was born of our innate human desire to fly like the birds.  The sport dates back to the times of Leonardo da Vinci, who sketched photos of how flight might be possible.

During pregnancy, there are two "passengers," not just one.

Da Vinci once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return.”  Experienced hang gliders tend to agree with his view and many say that hang gliding is the closest you will ever feel to flying on your own.

Gear Required

According to U.S. Hang Gliding and Para Gliding Association, the hang gliders are typically made from aircraft aluminum, carbon fiber, stainless steel cable, and Dacron weigh between 45 lbs. and 90 lbs. This would be quite a load to carry when already carrying extra weight from pregnancy and the baby. Hang gliders normally fly at a rate of 20-30 miles per hour but can reach up to 80 miles per hour.

The Safety Factor Involved In Hang Gliding During Pregnancy

Hang gliding is a potentially dangerous activity with an increased risk of injury to the person doing it. In addition, your growing uterus may make it more difficult to do this safely. If you do this alone, there's only one person that can get injured. But during pregnancy, there are two "passengers," not just one, and both can potentially be harmed. You may want to take that into consideration before going hang gliding.

Ask Your Doctor

If you have read all the information on hang gliding and still want to pursue it during pregnancy, check first with your doctor or midwife. The best course of action is to ask your doctor or midwife for advice regarding any exercise program or sport you would like to play during pregnancy, and in particular when considering embarking on a risky sport.

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