Thank you Athena, I just felt like the Doc may have had a vision of FJ's leaping thru the air, and like most people who don't wheel, think that we all head out to the BMX trax with our rigs to get the livin' crap beat out of us. I personally take a bigger pounding driving on "improved" roads and interstates at the posted speed than I've ever had crawling over obstacales on the trail.excellent comparison
The OP didn't ask about once in a lifetime experiences, beautiful scenery, if being pregnant is a handicap or how much you've offroaded while pregnant. He asked if the roads there were more severe than a gravel road in context of his pregnant girlfriend's doctor's recommended travel limitations. FWIW, I helped sidetrack this thread too.With your statements in this thread I guess when I'm pregnant with my forth I shouldn't drive on my dirt road to my house because it may cause complications. I should also live in a big city since the closest hospital is 40 miles away too right? Sorry but if anyone is being more persuasive it's you, Blindluck. Let the OP make a decision for themselves without making worse case scenario threats. Yes things happen, but they shouldn't stop you from having an awesome experience in beautiful scenery with great people. All I'm implying is that the roads up there in Ouray are mostly dirt roads, that's coming from experience.
I don't think that it was rude at all....considering that this is a forum of opinion (as are most forums). And considering that this is a primarily off road style forum, one would expect the opinion (and experiences) to lean towards the "go for it" attitude. In all my posts, I have stated that he needs to understand the risks vs benefits and make the decision that he is comfortable with.+
Let me get this straight: Based on the OP's decision to not go offroading while his girlfriend is pregnant he should then watch out for an addiction to making excuses and a lifestyle of mediocrity?
The OP asked a simple question about the safety of offroading during pregnancy but both of you have started prosletizing about how this one faulty decision to not go may/will adversely impact his entire future. IMO, whether you agree or disagree with the OP's decision (or other poster's opinions), it is rude of you both to condemn him for it.
"The OP didn't ask about once in a lifetime experiences, beautiful scenery, if being pregnant is a handicap or how much you've offroaded while pregnant. He asked if the roads there were more severe than a gravel road in context of his pregnant girlfriend's doctor's recommended travel limitations. FWIW, I helped sidetrack this thread too."Sorry to be a downer but there's a myriad of reasons why she shouldn't go including: poor access to medical services, risk of dehydration and heat stroke which are increased in pregnancy, risk of thromobosis from a long drive due to increased blood coagulation in pregnancy, risk of miscarriage which is increased with physical trauma, among others.
the only reason to go is to have fun which is very important. however, there are so many ways to have fun that aren't risky that it seems foolish to do things with inherent risk when pregnant. her OB doc is basically saying to take it very easy for whatever reason.
... and while i'm not her OB doc, yes i am a physician, yes my wife's 6 mo pregnant and no i wouldnt take her either.
again, they didn't ask what could happen, they were asking what type of trails were out in Ouray.Great. What if you broke a cv right before she broke her water? It may or may not affect the outcome but I bet you wouldn't think its such a great idea. Seriously, there's so little upside to that and so much possible downside. Why would you think that's a good idea?