Cycling While Pregnant
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop bicycling. Making the right decisions can make this activity a safe form of exercise that won’t hurt your “extra cargo”. However, it is still important to consult your doctor before you strap on your helmet. Before starting a trip, consume two – three glasses of water and pack extra water or sports beverages.
Drink frequently. Never ride in hot weather, and take high-protein snacks that will keep your blood sugar up. Avoid situations like (riding with large groups, steep hills) that could result in a fall. Go for leisurely rides on bike paths and avoid congested streets. For added safety, some women use wider tires to increase bike stability, others prefer indoor stationary bikes.
To make way for growing tummies, sit upright and raise your handlebars. Although standard bike seats are fine, padded seats offer more comfort. Due to the increased weight pregnant women bear, carpal tunnel syndrome can result from frequent riding. To avoid this, wear padded gloves and shift your hand positions frequently. Doctors encourage women to stop cycling outdoors in their third trimester as a precaution, and to take up low-impact exercises instead.
The usual exercise rules still apply: Don’t ignore pain and stop when you’re tired. Exercising on a regular basis gradually accustoms the body, which prevents muscle strain. Also, exercise helps prepare the body for labour and can relieve some of the discomforts of pregnancy.