As go-karts are becoming more popular, more and more women are becoming interested in the sport, and one of the reasons is that unlike many sports, go-karting offers a level playing field. Women beat guys regularly.
Other reasons include adrenaline rush, stress relief, and it’s just a fun family event.
But there is a question that some women may ask.
Is it safe to ride a go-kart while pregnant?
During the early stages of pregnancy, it is relatively safe to go go-karting. Unless a significant accident happens, miscarriage is unlikely. But you will be doing so at your own risk. However, once you start approaching the third month of pregnancy, go-karting is not advisable, and here is why.
Reasons to Avoid Karting While Pregnant
Different situations call for different actions; the same goes for go-karting. Below are some reasons why it would be good to avoid karting while pregnant.
Related article: Safety Tips Everyone Should Know Before Racing.
Go-Kart Collisions are Inevitable
Collisions are frequent in go-karting. You may be the best female driver in the world, but that will not prevent you from being read ended by another driver. Such collision can easily cause a miscarriage, so it’s best to avoiding karting altogether.
From personal experience, I can say that a car collision doesn’t have to cause miscarriages; you are protected by the car and all the airbags inside. Go-karts have none of that and are wide open. There is nothing there to stop another kart from hitting you directly.
Go-Karting is Bumpy
Unlike cars, go-karts don’t heave a suspension. You are only a few inches above the ground, and the only suspension you have are those hard go-kart tires. Knowing how uneven racing tracks are, I can confidently say that staying away from karting is probably the right choice. You can always come back a few months down the line.
Can’t Control Other Drivers
As I said earlier, no matter how good of a driver you are, there is always someone worse than you. People get competitive on the track, and even if they know that you are pregnant, they might not know it is you who is in front of them. All those rented racing suits look the same, so it isn’t easy to recognize other people on the track.
If you want to take a chance, wear something that can be easily spotted by your friends. Make sure to tell them that; I’m sure they will listen and be careful out there.
Riding go-karts while pregnant is safe if you do it right and know when to stop. If you are not sure if you should race or not, it’s best to avoid it; you don’t want to regret it later. Use common sense when making the decision.
If you are still not sure, ask someone that works at the track, they will make that decision for you, you will not be allowed to race.