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On our way to get some ice cream this afternoon, a flatbed semi pulled a sudden right turn and ran me and my wife right off the road. Tiffany wiped out, which was scary because as some of you know, she's 7 months pregnant.

thankfully, the baby is 100% fine, and Tiff's only got killer road rash and a bruised kneecap. Still, she's pretty shaken up and embarrassed by the whole thing, she was only going 7-10mph when she crashed.

The only casualties were the handlebars on my Batavus, and a pair of maternity skinny jeans, which the EMT's cut the leg off even though Tiff begged them to sacrifice her leg instead, she had an extra leg, but stylish maternity clothes are mythically elusive.

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At least you two made it out alive! Good thing!

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I hope that's her last moped ride until after the baby is born. Glad you're OK, though.

~marc

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Yeah dude, please be careful with that baby. No mopeding for her please.

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did the baby have a helmet on?

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that is a nightmare crashing while pg. glad everythings ok. and yeah i'd not ride till after the baby comes too.

and i soooooo understand about the jeans!

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i just hope she will still ride again! if it was my wife shed prolly never get on a ped again!

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if she rides again tape pillow around her midsection glad to hear everything is alright

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wow umm dude? i love mopeds as much as everyone else here but come on..... you dont let a pregnant woman, especially a 7 MONTHS prego woman ride a moped.

im glad shes ok but jesus, thats your baby in there man.

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i knew i'd catch flack for letting her ride while prego. We live in a very small town where the speed limit is 25, so we ride bikes everywhere all the time in the summer. a moped didn't seem any more dangerous.

Call me a jackass for saying this, but thank god we were on mopeds. she would have never been wearing a helmet on her bike, and we both wouldn't have been driving so slowly and cautiously.

anyway, i fully expected her to swear off mopeds for life, but she's stoked to ride again after the boy is born.

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thats cool man im just glad nothing bad happened. we all do things we probably shouldnt like ride without a helmet or in sandals etc etc. just scares me to think about throwing a baby into the mix but its awesome that she took it like a champ.

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I snapped a few pictures of the damages with my phone... not the best quality but it gives you an idea of how much of a badass my baby is going to be.

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Did you kick the trucker in the ass? Did he even stop? Sorry but I HATE truckers, they should be eliminated from all roads and highways and we should use trains to transport goods cross country like we used to!

Man, I ride with my wife, so I feel for you bro.

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Trucker did not stop at the scene of the accident, but his destination was at the right turn. So the cops went to talk with him after they got done at the scene. At the hospital I told them to file with the insurance company as a liability claim so that should be more effective than kicking that guy's ass.

Honestly though, I have to forgive him, it wasn't like he was some abortion vigilante trying to kill my unborn kid, he made a dumb move that people make all the time in traffic.

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You two are stupid. I hope your baby is ok, Id like to meet him some day and tell him how dumb his parents are and how close he came to being dead before he even got born.

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-Unholysmokers - Chad Ferguson /

Wow, people. Why don't we just keep our pregnant women locked up in padded rooms so that the babies won't be hurt? We definitely shouldn't let them ride in cars, because they could get hit by someone. Or planes...those might crash. Or walk down stairs, what if they trip! They probably should be allowed to use doors either because someone might open one into them and kill the baby. Oh, and don't let her pump gas because there is a chance the gas station will explode. Or walk...what if she trips!?

People acting like this because she is pregnant is fucking ridiculous. Life is deadly. All the time.

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judgement. Its their choice what do with themsleves.

I wouldnt do it. But its up to them.

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Seriously, Nate? Do we have some beef outside of this thread?

I could understand you saying you felt I took an unreasonable risk, but why such hostility?

I get as high and mighty as the next guy when I think someone's being an irresponsible parent, but your concern about a human life seems a little insincere when you use it as a premise devaluing another person.

I didn't start this thread because i thought people would pat me on the back or say how cool a story that was, but because something scary as hell happened to me and I was grateful the consequences weren't serious. Any false bravado I may have displayed was simply that: _false_. I was using it as a coping mechanism because I didn't know what else to do, I was robbed of any delusion of safety and control over my life and it scared me shitless.

put away your flame thrower, let's be friends, for real.

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If a pregnant woman wants to ride a ped, are YOU going to be the one to try and prevent it?

I rest my case.

--Scott

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Glad the three of you are ok. I do find it humorous that you and your pregnant wife were going to get ice cream...stereotypes are funny...

Seriously though, glad everyone's ok.

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Oooh, yeah. No pregnant women on mopeds.

Glad you two and your baby are alright.

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quatto we know you are a rad guy, we just get worried man. a kids a serious thing- we know you know that but, seriously mopeds are fuckin' dangerous! what were you thinking?!

that aside (it had to be said) rad battle wounds man and hope to see you all at brodeo rockin out.

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mark-

thanks for your concern, I guess you could say I wasn't respecting the ped. There definitely won't be any more riding while prego, that's for sure; but i'm not certain whether i'd say that because I was stupid before, or i'm too rattled now.

I kinda have to agree with Fergy, pregnancy is a phenomenon that evokes a certain unfounded worry in people. We get constant advice from amateur OBGYN's about how "you shouldn't do this when you're pregnant" or "you need to do this".

Smoking or drinking while pregnant is stupid, because exposure in any amount is dangerous. Other things like riding a bike or driving a car are simply "potentially dangerous". Next weekend we're driving 18 hours to Canada and back, and people would think I was being overly cautious if I cancelled our trip because of the risk of getting in an accident. In truth, however, the potential for one of us to lose a life will be much greater since fatalities in collisions jump drastically at speeds higher than 65mph, and the amount of time spent on the road also increases the odds of something going wrong.

My point is, what happened was an accident, I'd say motorcycles are _fuckin_ dangerous, an unkitted moped doing 10mph is only _mildly_ dangerous; nobody batted an eyelash at my wife riding her ten speed around town with no helmet, but put her on something that looks faster or has a stigma of reckless behaviour attached to it, and no amount of reasoning with certain people will shut them up. the biggest risk in any potentially dangerous situation is going to be uncontrollable variables like other drivers, and once the baby is born, his odds of getting crushed by some careless trucker aren't going to decrease, they're only going to get higher and higher as he matures.

on a humorous note, a few days before the accident I was joking that there are so many products that sell themselves now by promoting new dangers for moms to worry about; and I was going to cash in on the trend by inventing a hard shell "belly helmet" for pregnant women.

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As a woman, I can't fathom the idea of getting on a moped while pregnant. I see your point of other dangers but this is one that is quite obvious to me. Riding a moped around cars, trucks, and other dangers further leaves you in higher danger than say, hopping in your car or taking a walk to get ice cream. It's obvious to me, isn't it obvious to you? My baby would be #1 in every decision I made.

And I'm not trying to pick this apart or make you feel bad, I'm just boggled by some people's responses.

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Ok so the baby got jostled around a bit that's nothing compared to what it goes through trying to get out of the womb , like being in a squeezing machine for hours on end then being tied to a tree while a doctor pulls it out of an opening that it is too big to go through

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Dan, our doctor is a midwife, so no pulling. ;)

I get the impression that a lot of the people who are talking to me with shock and dismay have not yet become parents. (although i suppose neither have i _yet_.)

A lot of people (not just here, but everywhere we go) want to treat a pregnant woman like a glass doll, and make the mistake of confusing what the risks of any activity for the intent of that activity. my wife asked her doctor if it was ok to ride her bike, the doctor said it was safe aside from what one would consider a "freak accident", which could happen anywhere, not just on a bike.

Before we rode, I loosened the throttle cable so the Batavus couldn't go over 12 mph, and checked the brakes carefully. We weren't taking adverse risks.

Just google "bicycle while pregnant". The professionals aren't freaking out and saying how if you get on two wheels and ride around with cars and trucks you're putting your baby in danger, because riding _isn't_ dangerous. Crashing is dangerous, but crashing is not the _intention_ of riding.

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First of all I'm glad no one got seriously hurt , and it's obvious "Q" was thinking of the situation and took the time to think up precautions, so chalk it up as an accident , a narrow miss if you will ,subtle reminder from someone upstairs. It would be tough to go bedridden for 9 months especially when ice cream is involved . I saw a bunch of pregnant women skydiving on tv once , now that was waaay to stupid and worth blasting , also see alot of women riding horseback here in Texas - another activity I wouldn't agree with but they did . Geez ever see one of those documentaries where a family of 5 is riding down the street on a Honda Passport . Bottom line is that we kinda evolved and take our safety for granted because we have the luxury of an alternative cars , train , bus etc. Motorcycling has been around for a long time and I'm sure a pregnant woman has done it before even that far along . Dare I mention helmets , that I still don't see on peoples heads in the pics !! Ya can't keep a pregnant woman from her ice cream - not gonna happen .

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Kinda silly to say 'you shouldn't have let her' this or 'why'd you let her' that. You'd think from reading this thread, the mother to be didn't have a mind of her own! Yeesh! Glad everyone's alright. A baby belly bumper would be hilarious and functional at the same time. Fad it out!

...You have a Batavus that went over 12 mph?

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and on a side note the ice cream in Gas City is great.

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I have two sons.

When we were pregnant she was instructed not to ride amusement park rides or mopeds or fly or do anythign that might be dangerous for the baby...

Bottom line is that it's her repsonsibility to make sure that the baby makes it out alive. Once the baby is born, I bet you won't be strapping him/her into a baby bjorn and jumping on your moped. Actually I guarantee that you won't.

You'll understand once the best thing that ever happened to you actually looks you in the eye and smiles...

It was a dumb move, but I didn't think it was my place to say so.

I'm glad she's ok.

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