For many women, pregnancy doesn’t have to sideline their cycling for 9+ months. When done correctly, and with caution, it’s entirely possible to retain a normal cycling schedule for an extended period of time. For some, even right up to their birth.
The same can be said for those who may not be avid cyclists, but are looking for a way to remain fit during their pregnancy, and retain a sense of balance that comes from exercising and being outdoors.
With that said, this post will highlight some of the reasons for cycling while pregnant, and a few tips as well.
Aside from wanting to retain at least some of your cycling regimen, there are a number of benefits that women can gain from riding a bike for even 10-15 minutes a day.
The most obvious one is an improvement of mood. Just the act of getting outside and being active can help reduce stress and make one feel better about the changes going on in her body. It can also help with aches, insomnia, restlessness, and even morning sickness for some.
Cycling can also help a woman’s body be better prepared for labor.
Cycling can definitely be beneficial to a pregnant woman, but there are some tips to be mindful of, regardless of your fitness level or trimester.
Remember, this is no longer about training, or trying to keep your normal schedule up. Listen to your body. If you feel lightheaded, fatigued, pained, or any other red flag, it’s best to stop. Pushing through it isn’t going to do you or your baby any favors. Keep things fun, not hard.
If you’re going to ride your bike, the morning is often the best time to do so. This helps ease your mind and body for the day, and doesn’t get your adrenaline flowing at the wrong time, like at night. And again, for some, it can help stave off morning sickness.
This is worth emphasizing again. The point of riding when pregnant is not to push to new fitness levels and try to prove something with your body. Riding should be relaxed and leisurely instead. Sit back and enjoy the ride, and stop when things get too difficult or tiring.
Carrying that extra weight and dealing with your body’s shape can definitely make things a little more uncomfortable. While pregnant, you may need a more padded saddle, or even a gel seat cover.
You can also purchase riding shorts and tights that have added padding to all the pressure points you sit on. Combining these two can help things greatly.
It’s easy to embrace cycling and experience its benefits while pregnant, as long as you know your limits and exercise the proper amount of caution when doing so.
As always, you’ll want to check with your doctor prior to beginning your riding to be sure that you don’t have any complications that may put you and your baby at risk.
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