Can You Parasail While Pregnant?

Parasailing is an activity that involves being towed behind a boat while attached to a parachute – like canopy – allowing you to soar above the water.

Whether you can parasail or not while pregnant, usually depends on several factors like your current health condition, the stage of your pregnancy and the specific risks associated with parasailing and yes, your experience in it.

Parasailing can involve sudden jolts, jerks and possible impact upon landing which may not be suitable for pregnant moms especially during the later stages of pregnancy(second and third trimesters) when the belly is more pronounced.

As a certified midwife I personally wouldn’t recommend pregnant mothers to parasail because the risks of potential fall and traumas far outweigh the benefits you would derive from it.

It is always better to err on the side of caution and prioritize the well-being of both you and the baby at this precious time.

Nonetheless, since the safety of parasailing depends on individual factors, it should be discussed with a healthcare expert who can provide guidances that tailors your specific situation.

Some considerations for pregnant moms to assess before deciding to parasail

Parasailing is not recommended, but if some reasons you still need to do, then you must thoroughly consider these guidelines:

Pregnancy Stage

The safety of parasailing during pregnancy depends on your stage of pregnancy. In the early stages, it may be less risky compared to later stages when your center of gravity changes and your body goes through more significant physical changes.

Medical History

Your individual medical history and the specific conditions of your pregnancy are important factors.

If you have any complications or high-risk factors in your pregnancy, your healthcare provider is likely to advise against engaging in activities like parasailing.

Risk Assessment

Parasailing carries some inherent risks, including the possibility of sudden movements or jolts.

Falling into the water or experiencing turbulence could pose risks to both you and your unborn baby. Assessing these risks with your healthcare provider is crucial.

Harness and Safety Equipment

Ensure that the parasailing operator can provide a secure harness and safety equipment that can accommodate your pregnant belly and keep you safe during the activity.

Operator’s Policies

The policies of the parasailing operator may also come into play. Some operators may have restrictions on pregnant participants due to safety concerns.

Is it safe to jump in water while pregnant?

Jumping into water while pregnant can be safe in certain circumstances, but it’s important to consider several factors before doing so.

Pregnancy naturally puts extra strain on the joints and supporting ligaments, and Jumping can heighten this strain and could potentially lead to injuries.

Moreover, vigorous jumping or similar high impact activities might increase thee risk of complications like vaginal bleeding, preterm labor or at the extreme, miscarriage.

At the same time, the situation isn’t wholly black and white. Jumping off a standard dock into the water might be considered alright as long as no acrobatics or unfamiliar movements are involved.

Here are a few points to keep in mind when deciding on jumping into water:

  • Before engaging in any physical activity during pregnancy, you should first discuss with your doctor. They can help to assess your health, the activity’s potential risks and any possible harm to your growing bump.
  • Make sure you know the exact depth of the water you’re hoping into. It should slightly be deep to ensure you won’t hit the bottom and it should also have comfortable temperaturewater that is too cold or too hot can be harmful.
  • It’s important to be a competent swimmer if you plan to jump into water. If you’re not a strong swimmer, it is safe to avoid this.
  • Jumping into water might certainly carry a risk of injury even for non-pregnant women. In pregnancy, your gravity shifts, and your body may be more prone to balance issues. This increases risk of falling, slipping or sustaining other injuries during a jump.
  • There’s also the possibility of impact on the abdomen. The force of hitting the water from a jump can put stress on your abdominal muscles and the ligaments that support your uterus. As pregnancy progresses, these ligaments become more relaxed, making the uterus more susceptible to jolts or impacts. This is a concern when considering activities that involve jumping.
  • There are many safe and beneficial exercises and activities that pregnant individuals can engage in, such as swimming, water aerobics, and prenatal yoga. These low impact exercises can provide cardiovascular benefits and help reduce pregnancy-related discomfort.

Ultimately, the safety of jumping into water while pregnant depends on your individual health, fitness level, and the specific circumstances.

It is advisable to discuss your plans with your OB-GYN, who can offer guidance based on your particular situation. He or she can further provide recommendations for safer options.

What water sports can I do while pregnant – Parasail alternatives

Engaging in water sports can be a great way to stay active and relieve discomfort while expecting. However, it’s important to choose water sports that are safe and appropriate as per your individual circumstances.

Here are some water sports that are advised in pregnancy:

  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Aqua yoga
  • Water walking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking or canoeing
  • Snorkeling

What not to do while swimming pregnant?

While swimming can be a safe and beneficial form of exercise during pregnancy, there are some precautionary measures you should take keen notes of – to ensure your safety and the well-being of your developing baby.

Here’re the rules for swimming for pregnant women:

  • Diving or jumping from heights: Avoid diving or jumping into the water from heights, as this can result in a sudden impact that may harm your abdominal area or affect your balance.
  • Strenuous or competitive swimming: While swimming is generally a safe exercise during pregnancy, avoid intense or competitive swimming that could overexert you. Opt for more gentle and relaxed swimming styles.
  • Holding your breath for extended periods: Prolonged breath-holding can lead to reduced oxygen supply to both you and your baby. Practice rhythmic and controlled breathing while swimming.
  • Overheating: Swimming in excessively warm water like hot tubs or saunas can cause your body to overheat, which is not recommended during pregnancy. Stick to pools with comfortable water temperatures.
  • Prolonged exposure to chlorine: Chlorine in pool water is generally safe, but long hours of exposure to heavily chlorinated water may provoke your skin and eyes. Rinse off and moisturize your skin after swimming.
  • Neglecting hydration: Even though you’re in the water, staying is very important. Drink plenty water before and after swimming to prevent dehydration.
  • Ignoring discomfort or pain: If you experience any sign of discomfort, pain, contractions, dizziness, shortness of breath, or other unusual signs while swimming, stop immediately and reach out to your doctor if  necessary.
  • Excessive twisting or strenuous movements: Avoid sudden, vigorous twisting or movements that could strain your abdominal muscles or cause discomfort.
  • If you’re just starting to swim and are concerned of your blance, then you should consider some buoyance aids like kickboard or floatation device for extra support.
  • Normalize sticking to safe and controlled swimming environments such as a well maintained pool or designated swimming areas and avoid open waters where currents or tides may pose risks.

FAQs

  1. Why is parasailing considered risky during pregnancy?

    There might be a moderate possibility for falls or traumatic injuries that could be so dangerous to both mom and growing baby bump. The high adrenaline secretions may increase stress and anxiety and at the extreme, increase risk for preterm labor and miscarriage.

  2. Can I go parasailing in my first trimester?

    It is not advised to parasail in your first trimester because that is actually the critical period where you baby is actively developing. The same advise goes to pregnant women in their second and third trimesters, in fact just stay off it, at least for this nine-month of your life.

  3. Are there any safety precautions to consider before parasailing during pregnancy?

    If you’re considering parasailing, make sure you’re dealing with a professional, certified by operators whose equipment are regularly inspected and maintained.  Despite this, the potential risk of an unpredictable event, such as rough weather or equipment failure, remains – that is why we don’t recommend it.

  4. What are some alternatives to parasailing for pregnant women?

    Safer alternatives include swimming, prenatal yoga, walking and similar low impact exercises. Be sure to discuss with your doctor before starting any of these.

  5. Can you jet ski while pregnant?

    The American Pregnancy Association discourages pregnant women from engaging in water skiing, jet skiing, and other similar water sports due to potential hazards like falls, abdominal trauma, and high-speed impacts

  6. Can you snorkel while pregnant?

    Snorkeling can typically be carried out safely during pregnancy. However, preggy moms are advised to avoid snorkeling in deep water, and should be alert for changes in water pressure and the risk of decompression sickness.

  7. Can you zipline while pregnant?

    It’s not recommended to zipline while pregnant. It can be risky!

  8. When should you not go on a boat when pregnant?

    Pregnant women should be cautious of boating in their third trimesters due to balance issues.

  9. Can you kayak while pregnant?

    Kayaking can be safe during pregnancy especially in the first and second trimesters as long as conditions are calm and the water isn’t rough. It’s important to wear a well fitted life vest and avoid strenuous paddling.

Conclusion

While the question of whether you can parasail while pregnant has varied opinions, we don’t recommend it.

Safety should always be your priority while expecting and as such, always talk to your doctor before attempting this, or any other high risk activity at this precious time.

References:

Crave The Planet (EXACTLY HOW SAFE IS PARASAILING: 2023 STATISTICS) & National Library Of Health (Physical activity patterns during pregnancy)

Georgina Austin

Georgina Austin

Georgina is a certified midwife, a seasoned writer and a mother of twins - Noel and Noelle. She brings to this blog eleven years of experience in maternity support, coupled with her personal motherhood adventures to give you factual information on women's health.

Aside writing on pregnancy and breastfeeding, she writes on sexual health concerns, birth control guides, egg donation, sibling dynamics, and balancing the demands of multiple children.