Mountain Mama: $120.00
Ice climbing while pregnant? Sure! Mountain Mama makes climbing while pregnant not only doable, but enjoyable. They are one of the only companies designing product with the active mom in mind and have become by go-to for outdoor products during this stage of my life. When you become pregnant, you don't want to stop doing all the things you did previously, but you definitely have a new perspective on what your body can handle and how your gear works for or against your new and ever-changing figure. Mountain Mama not only collaborated with Mad Rock on the first-ever maternity climbing harness, they also offer maternity base layers, hiking pants, tees, tanks, and a few outdoor lifestyle items - all designed to accommodate pregnancy and beyond.
The climbing harness takes a few minutes to figure out and adjust properly. During my first few climbs the straps were a little loose, and most of the pressure was on my ribs and back. I didn't feel quite secure when being lowered even though I knew there was no way to "fall out" of the harness. Once the shoulder and chest straps were tightened as snug as they could be, the harness was much more comfortable and the leg loops functioned how they should. I'd recommend spending some time adjusting and hanging in the harness until you find the fit that makes you feel secure without added pressure in unwanted areas.
Belaying with this harness can take a little getting used to as well because the belay loops are higher than in a typical harness. The belay device wanted to move to the side or rotate sideways. I didn't try it with a grigri, but I have read that can help with this issue.
All in all, this product makes it possible to climb throughout pregnancy and I'm thankful for that. Any of the minor issues can be improved with an extra gear sling or carabiners. This is a harness for a temporary state and will not likely be used to the same degree or duration as your regular gear.
A few tips for climbing while pregnant: