Pregnant Woman Jumps Off Cliff for One Last Thrill Before Mommyhood & Dies

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parachutesIt was supposed to be Wioletta Roslan's last base jump. She was four months pregnant and an avid extreme sports addict, but she knew with a baby growing inside her, it was time to take a break. She just wanted to do it one last time.

It was that last time that killed both her and her unborn baby. According to The Sun, last weekend, the 37-year-old Swedish woman was attempting the jump from a cliff despite her mother begging her not to do it.

Halina Zaniewska-Pettersson told the paper:

But she always wanted to carry on. I couldn't force her not to do it -- she was old enough to make up her own mind about things.

Roslan's boyfriend, Aleksander Domalewski, jumped with her -- from her favorite spot at Via Ferrata cliff in Switzerland -- and watched helplessly as she struggled to get her parachute open on the way down. But she could not do so. A source told the paper that he said "she had simply spread her arms and waited for the impact."

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It's heartbreaking, but also maddening, because it shouldn't have happened.

I'm all for women being active while pregnant. I have friends who have run all the way up until their due date, done yoga on the way into the delivery room, and all sorts of other activities. I by no means think pregnant women should sit down and be safe for the entire gestation period. But there are limits as to what one should do, and Roslan flagrantly defied them. In a recent television interview, she said, "I only feel alive when I jump. I find normal life boring."

And that's great, but there's a time when you have to put your child's safety and health before your own pleasure, and it starts the minute you know you're pregnant. And yes, sometimes that means boring. It's hard to give up the things we love sometimes, but that's what being a parent is about, and sadly Roslan will never experience that wonderful thrill.

Do you think it was irresponsible for this woman to base jump while she was pregnant?


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nonmember avatar Michelle

Sorry, Darwin is (thankfully) alive and well.

nonmember avatar Ram

Yes, it was irresponsible. I scuba dive and was due to go the day I found out I was pregnant. I scrapped the trip without a second thought. There isn't enough known about how safe it is to dive when pregnant. It's been a boring summer, but the baby's safety comes first. It's not fun to watch my partner go diving almost every weekend, but I suck it up and get over it.

Knife Knife

Of course, it was absolutely irresponsible. But she couldn't have known that her parachute wouldn't open - I think it can be defined as a freak accident, because that one small detail caused her and her unborn child's demise. She had done it safely, dozens of times before - and if it weren't for that damn parachute, she would've been fine this time, too. 

I feel terrible for her Mother and boyfriend :( Rest in peace, Wioletta and baby.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

This is really sad and my heart goes out to the family but I'm sorry I would never put my unborn child into harms way I would just wait until after having the baby to do what I lvoe the most.

peanu... peanutsmommy1

I found out I was pregnant while on a vacation in Florida. I still rode every ride, rollercoaster and spinning tea cup that was available, despite the warnings not to. By my thinking if we had gone on vacation a week earlier I would not have know I was pregnant and would have ridden them anyways!

elle7777 elle7777

I don't have anything nice to say.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yes this was very irresponsible, so damn sad!


Tripl... TripleC14

It's no more irresponsible because she was pregnant. It's just not a safe pursuit, period. Having a 4mth-old fetus inside her didn't make the activity any more dangerous than it was 5mths ago. It's just an unfortunate accident, but I wouldn't recommend anyone try base jumping at any point in their lives, pregnant or not.

mrssu... mrssundin

Um this woman was not five mins pregnant but in her second trimester. So yes she was selfish its one thing to not know your pregnant and do something stupid but, a whole other thing when you knowingly put your child at risk.

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