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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Megan Leigh Russell Dame

Ugh.  I usually don't speak ill of the dead but, UGH!  This woman was a selfish, moron in my opinion.  She "only felt alive when she was jumping"?  I'd bet she felt more alive when she wasn't jumping than she or her unborn child do now.  Selfish.

rosab... rosabianca1219

please there is a higher risk of death driving in a car than there is cliff jumping or whatever she did. hate to break it to you people, this is not a high-risk activity... just a tragic accident

sylvi... sylviad2003

Wow...this is awful..I mean how selfish is this woman that should couldnt put her unborn baby first? I mean couldnt she wait until after the baby is born to go jump? Good grief...How selfish and just plain stupid.

Daphne Wallace-Edwards

Doctors ALWAYS say do not do anything that you used to do, if it is strenuous.  Her balance was off becasue weight was differently placed, in front- she had a lot of blood vessels, in placenta that are pencil-thick- if they bleed, you hemorrhage. Her joints were loose, because of the way pregnancy causes them to stretch.   She killled her baby. On purpose.

Stephanie Constance Felicity

What an idiot. That poor unborn child...I feel sorry for the woman as well but the woman was a complete flipping IDIOT for even DOING that. When you're pregnant, you're living for TWO NOT ONE. The moment you got pregnant, your"mommyhood" began.

nonmember avatar ASM826

Base jumping is dangerous, but in a world where abortion is legal, what is the fetus but something the woman herself decides about? It might be a precious new life, it might be an inconvenient bit of tissue to be removed. If she can choose an abortion and everyone says it's her right, why should she not be able to choose her sports?

nonmember avatar robin

She had a much better chance of dying in a car accident on the way to the jump than she had dying during the jump itself, yet nobody would suggest that she never get in a car. But we all buckle up and pretend that because it's an everyday activity, that it is perfectly safe, and we call her crazy and irresponsible because it makes us feel superior.

angie... angiewith2

Any exteme sport has serious risks.  If they didn't more people would do them.  I think it's irresponsible and completly insane.  I'm currently 3 months pregant and would never consider doing anything that would risk harm to my unborn child.  I"m normally a 2-3 cup a day coffee drinker but when I'm pregnant I don't drink coffee at all and only have a soda once in a great while and it's usually caffeine free.  Of course it drives me insane to see pregnant women smoking too. I just don't understand how anyone can be so irresponsible with something so precious.  I want to do everything right when I'm pregnant so if something does go wrong, the last thing I want to do is sit there and think oh if I wouldn't have drank so much caffeine or someone else saying, If only she didn't do that skydive.  Insane, but I believe things happen for a reason.  Even though we don't know what they are now, if nothing else, maybe this story will wake up some other daredevils that think it's ok to go plummeting off a cliff while pregnant

nonmember avatar kotman

...she probably was a prochoice bitch anyway...

nonmember avatar Jenna

Wow. Maybe we could mourn the mother's life just as much as the life of the fetus? This story isn't tragic because she was pregnant. This story is tragic because of the loss of life, period--both the woman and the fetus. It seems a lot of people have difficulty with the concept of personhood--as in, a woman is a whole person by herself. As much as I agree that you should you need to consider your child's wellbeing before your own, you CANNOT forget the fact that a fetus (or an embryo) will never be a child without a woman's body in the first place.

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