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From Ruxandra Looft’s interview series on cycling while pregnant, here are just some of the things that other cycling mothers-to-be had to say.
What I noticed most while cycling pregnant was the need to slow down, drink lots of water, and stay flexible with my route and mileage. Some days I felt great, while some days I needed to go much slower and take more breaks. But I never lost my sense of balance and could always count on a bike ride to make me feel better – both mentally and physically. I’m glad I never gave that up and that I found a community of women equally passionate about their health, fitness, and regular bike rides.
From my interview series on cycling while pregnant, here are just some of the things that other cycling mothers-to-be had to say on the subject:
Amber Dallman in St. Paul, MN.
“Our set-up for most of my pregnancy was to bike to daycare and work – I’d have a 30-plus-pound (13.6 kilograms) toddler in tow in a trailer for the first two miles (3.2 kilometers). As this became increasingly more di‑ cult with my road bike I started picking up a Nice Ride bike share bike for the remaining commute, which was more upright and stable. Using bike share was the best pregnancy bike I didn’t have to buy.”
Jaime Bruner in San Francisco, CA.
“I kept expecting at some point to find that it would be uncomfortable to bike, especially since my bike is not an upright step through, but I never reached that point. I even biked the day I went into labor, at 41 weeks.”
Bojana Kolbah in Ottawa, ON.
“Most of my cycling involved me taking the kids to daycare or shopping, so in addition to being pregnant, I had two kids on the bike with me. I would not have been able to do this if I did not have the appropriate bike (step through, small wheels, very slow and steady). I was also very careful about the routes I took and did a lot of planning ahead of going out. During the last few weeks leading up to my due date, I would bike with only one kid at a time and no kids once I was a week away.”
Melissa Brown in St. Louis, MO.
“My husband, who also bikes, was very supportive. Since cycling for transportation was so much a part of my lifestyle already, I made my intentions to cycle throughout the pregnancy pretty clear from the beginning. Perhaps because of this, I did not hear anything negative from family or friends. I always wondered what strangers were thinking, especially toward the end, and I kept expecting to have to defend my decisions, but those situations never materialized.”
Bobbie Jennings in Ames, IA.
“I found out I was pregnant in December, and I was definitely wary of biking at the beginning because of the road conditions. I had to reduce how much I was biking over the course of our (very long) winter, so by the time I was able to bike on a regular basis again I was already five months pregnant. Since I also have to cart my 27-pound (12.2 kilogram) son on regular trips, I try to make sure our trips aren’t too long or strenuous. I usually try to make sure we stop along the way if I need to. Although most of our rides are no more than five miles (eight kilometers) round-trip, taking breaks makes all the difference.”