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Old 01-15-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Pregnant wife wants to do a track day

Yes, this is probably a pretty bizarre question but...

My wife has been desperate to get on the track in our 04 STi since we got it last year. There seemed to be a good option next week at Buttonwillow, but we just found out that she's pregnant (very early, like 3 weeks at most). Should she bag the idea, or is the "no track days when pregnant" guideline really more aimed at ladies a bit further along?
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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What does a/the doctor say?

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Old 01-15-2009, 03:12 PM   #3
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No way, bad idea. I'm no doctor, but I imagine if she were to get in a wreck it could definitely harm or even kill the baby. Not worth the risk.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:14 PM   #4
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while my GF went to cedar point when she was pregnant(we didnt know), its a bad idea for any jostling of any type.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:24 PM   #5
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Yes, this is probably a pretty bizarre question but...

My wife has been desperate to get on the track in our 04 STi since we got it last year. There seemed to be a good option next week at Buttonwillow, but we just found out that she's pregnant (very early, like 3 weeks at most). Should she bag the idea, or is the "no track days when pregnant" guideline really more aimed at ladies a bit further along?
This is something that i learnt quickly ones wife/gf and child are not made toilet paper and wont melt at the first spash of water or external pressure.

My wife was doing test days till she was almost 4mths (she looked normal and was not showing at all) but took her time. It is a risk but she and you should know your limits and if you dont feel safe back off or pull off. She still drives on the highway right? .. just be smart about it.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:18 PM   #6
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probably not the best idea in the world.............but........
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:21 PM   #7
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Why take the chance?
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:24 PM   #8
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Why take the chance?
+100000000000000000000000000000000

Get her iRacing in the mean time.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:25 PM   #9
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common sense tells you .....no
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:58 PM   #10
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To be honest, shes so early that she could loose it anyways no matter what she does this early. So she should go and have a good time, chances are shes going have a great pregnancy etc, but the next 9 months are going to be hard enough on her so she might as well have some fun now.
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:07 PM   #11
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common sense tells you .....no
What is this "common sense" you speak of?
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:21 PM   #12
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Don't do it. Even small trauma from belts/accidents w.e. especially that early will definitely have its effects man. congrats btw
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:53 PM   #13
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My daughter is the most wonderful thing in the world to me. I would never take a chance like that. There will be plenty of time after the pregnancy, the track isn't going anywhere.

....and there are going to be a lot of other things she will want to do while she is pregnant that she shouldn't do....and someone will have to start telling her no.....
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:56 PM   #14
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Bumps and jiggles probably won't harm the baby (because the amniotic sack provides a lot of cushioning).

But a serious accident could cause her to lose the baby.

Is this a risk you guys want to take?

If she goes, pull it down a couple tenths. Then the ride on the freeways/roads to/from the track will be more dangerous.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:24 PM   #15
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I've a feeling that none of you know what you are talking about. The only good advice was from KC.

1) When my wife was pregnant we consulted our OB about various sports including skiing, rock climbing, and horse riding. They gave us the real scoop on what was and wasn't a risk, and when to stop or limit each activity, and we followed that advice.

2) All the people who say no track day, do you also advocate not travelling by car at all, or do you think track days are more dangerous than normal driving?

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Old 01-15-2009, 09:27 PM   #16
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....and there are going to be a lot of other things she will want to do while she is pregnant that she shouldn't do....and someone will have to start telling her no.....
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:34 PM   #17
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To be honest, shes so early that she could loose it anyways no matter what she does this early.
Why on earth do people even talk about being pregnant when they haven't even finished the 1st trimester? It's not worth having to tell everyone in your life if she has a miscarriage. From wikipedia: "Prospective studies using very sensitive early pregnancy tests have found that 25% of pregnancies are miscarried by the sixth week"

Listening to all the condolences with retarded comments people make thinking they are making you feel better must suck. My wife is an OB-GYN and based on her experiences at work we didn't tell anyone she was pregnant until 3 months into it (and I mean NOBODY).

As for the track day, if that's what she wants to do, talk to her OB (have a good way to explain the risks and non-risks of a track day), and then make your own decision (even if the OB says not to go). It's your decision, but of course now that you've told everyone you get to deal with all the disapproval of people who don't understand track days...
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:05 PM   #18
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Wow, what a spectrum of great opinions, and I mean that genuinely.

OB/GYN said it's okay as long she doesn't get into an accident, so as some said, probably no greater risk than driving on the highway. OB also said, as someone here noted, that things going wrong this early are somewhat out of our hands anyway and 25% possible.

And no-one knows (and won't know until 3 months), except a bunch of Scooby enthusiasts on a forum who I've never met LOL!

I feel like my wife's calmness and overall happiness are as important as anything in the first trimester, so if she decides she wants to go, I'll support her decision. If she wanted to celebrate a fun track day afterwards with half a bottle of wine, that's when I'd have to break out the "NO" stick
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no,the best advice you got was this...............


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OB/GYN said it's okay as long she doesn't get into an accident, so as some said, probably no greater risk than driving on the highway. :

I was thinking something just about like this 4 years ago when one of the brake lines in my racecar failed coming into turn 3 at NHIS with a BMW and RX7 running with me. The tire wall was quite friendly....actually friendly twice....and the corner worker ran very very fast.

Just say no.

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i don't understand why anyone would take an additional unnecessary (and i emphasize unnecessary) risk that could end up losing a baby if there was an accident its your decision, but could you live with yourself if something happened?

just buy GT5 and a logitech g20 setup. feels pretty realistic and will hopefully bite the bug for the next 8 months.
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Life is short, your doctor will of course advise you not to.

Its like asking your doctor if you should go skydiving- THere are inherent risks in any sport, but it depends on what your gambling with. If she's been trying to get pregnant for years, and finally it happens, I wouldnt risk it. If she's 25, healthy, I would do it.

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Old 01-16-2009, 03:25 AM   #23
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What is this "common sense" you speak of?
Is this going to be the last track day on earth that she can attend?
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I dunno man, my mom was just around the race track helping my dad while she was pregnant with me .... and I came out as a car/racing freak.... YOU MAY CREATE A TRACK MONSTER!
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2) All the people who say no track day, do you also advocate not travelling by car at all, or do you think track days are more dangerous than normal driving?

Andy
Of course track days are more dangerous... unless you irritate everyone by coasting around corners and half-assing the straights. But then it's hardly a "track day."
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