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Pregnant cycling

5 Comments 12 March 2012

It's a girl!

Now you might say that this topic is not a subtle hint to my grown belly or an usual subject for us, but it has become a question I need your help with. My wife and me will become happy biking parents in July, but before that we want to cycle as long as we can. Naturally a full-fledged exoskeleton wearing titanium helmet downhill days she’ll have to skip, but we’ve seen pregnant ladies bike their way to the hospital and we’re not neurotic enough to pad all corners of our apartment so we know that it is safe – but for how long and how much?

If you do a google search about pregnant biking, you’ll get results where you focus on the words “premature separation of the placenta, premature labor, or in the worst case, fetal death” which aren’t the most encouraging ones to support any forms of exercise. Those posts have lots of comments from people who do exercise and seem to surf pages on that topic.

I know a larger part of our readership is male, but I’m sure there are some women there as well and since cyclists are such cool people, I’m sure some of them have had kids as well. How did you handle your pregnancy? Did you bike? On the road? Mountain?

Edit: Guardian had quite a good article on the topic

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  • Olli

    Here’s another relevant article: http://www.copenhagenize.com/2011/09/cycling-with-contractions-to-hospital.html

  • Ken Hurd

    My wife cycled regularly throughout her first pregnancy – mainly road. As things progressed and her belly became noticeable she started to migrate more towards the path (rather than ride with traffic). Eventually her belly became pretty darned large and she no longer found it comfortable to ride. She also ran a half marathon at 5 months.

  • You’ll love this. I was three weeks overdue (no, seriously, three weeks… poor mom) and a few days before I finally started kicking out, she went on a bike ride in Vancouver to see if it would induce labour.  Apparently the cars gave her a very respectful amount of room when passing. :)

  • Three weeks, damn. Well, it proves you can bike no matter how big your belly is :)


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