Can You Ride Go-Karts While Pregnant?

While go-karting has previously been dominated mainly by men, the motor sport has seen significant growth with women over the course of the last few decades. It’s fantastic to see the sport growing over the years, especially with the increasing ridership of women. This has also brought on a number new and interesting questions relating to women and go-kart racing.

One question that has been posted fairly regularly is if it’s okay to ride go-karts while being pregnant. It’s definitely not recommended to ride go-karts while pregnant, due to a number of reasons that will be discussed in more detail below.

What is the concern with go-karting and pregnancy?

As you should know, go-karting is a motor sport, which means that there is a risk of colliding with objects and even other karts on the race track. When that happens, kart drivers can get exposed to serious injuries, even though they may not have caused the accident. If a pregnant woman is involved in an accident on the go-kart track, it can cause placental abruption or miscarriage, in the worst case scenario. It’s therefore not a good idea not recommended to race go-karts while pregnant.  

Here are some examples of what can lead to pregnancy related injuries:

1. Go-kart collisions are common

It’s extremely common that go-karts make physical contact with each other and objects on the race track. Even if you are pregnant and drive carefully, other driver’s may not be aware of this. 

2. Go-karts have no suspension

Go-karts are designed to be light in weight and fast on an even surface. This means that they are not equipped with any suspensions and can cause a bumpy ride, while not absorbing much of an impact. 

3. You can get flung out of your kart

In certain scenarios, it’s possible that your go-kart can flip and you are flung out as a result of it. 

4. Other drivers can be reckless

While you are in direct control of your own driving style, you aren’t able to control other drivers. If you’re unlucky, an inexperienced driver may collide with you, leading to an accident.

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