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Biking mamas?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I didn't want to hijack the running thread...

 

Is anyone a biker?  As in bicycle? :)  I love riding my bike in the warmer months, it's a 1980 Schwinn Varsity with sparkly blue handlebars and it's my baby.  I love bike riding- I can totally clear my head and blow off steam.

 

My husband has "forbidden" me to ride =/  He is really, really worried I'll hurt myself of the baby.  I feel that as long as I'm not overdoing myself, not riding in heavy traffic or on dangerous roads (I really just want to ride through a few park trails!) and my balance is fine, I should be okay.  

 

What are your thoughts?

post #2 of 17

I think it should be fine. I biked alot before my first DD was born, and kept commuting to work (only about 6 miles each way but with lots of hills)until about 10 weeks pregnant. At that point I stopped because there was snow on the ground but if the timing had been different I wouldn't have hesitated to keep going. I got on a couple times the next spring (well into my 3rd trimester) and it was fiine but uncomfortable. I would have needed a bike that allowed for a more upright posture to do much riding at that point. Just like with everything else as long as you listen to your body and avoid really hazardous situations it will be fine. Plus it's a good form of low impact exercise which of course is good for you and the baby!

post #3 of 17
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 I would have needed a bike that allowed for a more upright posture to do much riding at that point.



I didn't even think of that!  

post #4 of 17

I commute to work daily by bike, also now in winter with studded tires, just like always. I won't stop until I feel I don't have the proper balance for it. I can't think of anything about biking that's more dangerous while pregnant than while not pregnant as long as you still are confident in your balance. The risk of being hit by a car is the same regardless of the state of your womb.

post #5 of 17
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 The risk of being hit by a car is the same regardless of the state of your womb.


True, and I'm pretty paranoid and have managed to avoid main streets regardless of pregnancy lol.gif (hoping one day I'll muster up the courage!).

post #6 of 17
Originally Posted by Carlin View Post

I would have needed a bike that allowed for a more upright posture to do much riding at that point. Just like with everything else as long as you listen to your body and avoid really hazardous situations it will be fine. Plus it's a good form of low impact exercise which of course is good for you and the baby!

 

I have one of these bikes... more of a "cruiser" than an actual cycling bike - like one of those vintage banana-seat-with-a-basket type.  I cycled well into my 3rd trimester - but usually only on trails... My midwife said it was fine as long as I paid attention to my body! 

 

sorry typos -n ak

post #7 of 17

If spring ever actually arrives, I'm hoping to do a bit more riding this summer too. I'm not hard core enough to bike in the winter around here for fun, but I live nice and close to a great trail system so it'll be a good way to get some exercise in.

post #8 of 17

I haven't been on a bike in probably seven years. I don't even own a bike. I feel like traffic is so crazy here in this area and people just get so overwhelmed when they see someone on a bike on the road. It's too dangerous here if you ask me. Nonetheless, my kids love to ride their bikes. DS learned it last May and DD is on a little Kettler balance bike. She's so cute on it. 

post #9 of 17

Carlin!!

 

I think we need to be friends IRL! We have lots in common!   smile.gif

post #10 of 17

Jewels we totally should! I can always use more mama friends who don't think I'm insane!

post #11 of 17

I am super paranoid about riding on the streets as well as I witnessed my husband hit by a huge pickup and thought he was dead for the 30 seconds it took me to catch up- he was fine but I flipped out.  We have been into the fixed gear vintage bike seen for the last 8 years and unfortunately have known several people who have injuries and have died.  Because of this I prefer to ride on trails.  Fortunately I have lived in San Jose CA and Albuquerque NM both of which have city wide trails throughout.  I will ride in national parks, on city trails, and on streets like Embarcadero in San Fran, it is the ocean side with a bike trail with no turn ins or parking lots to pull out of or the ocean drives in Santa Cruz that have a lane sectioned off.  We will ride in our neighborhood sometimes on a Sunday.  I have a sort of PTSD on this- I think physically it is great and great fun.  I think that cyclists need to be aware and follow the rules of traffic- and drivers need to be much more aware of cyclists.  That being said- I wouldn't risk street riding a lot but I would cycle in safer non traffic areas- it's not the cycling that is so dangerous it is the cars.

 

We have a vespa that needs a tire- we used to ride it everywhere on little adventures.  I am stalling fixing it because I don't think I should ride it for the same reasons.  It makes me sad because it is so much fun- but I think as long as I am pregnant I should not ride and after- limit it to a few times a month.  

 

My husband does commute to the train on his bike- I guess he has a 'safe' route, I worry though.  

post #12 of 17
I have been biking in Chicago for the last few years and love it, even though it really is dangerous. I was hit head on in October 2008 and had to have a couple of surgeries. Most of my cyclist friends have also been in serious accidents.

I kind of hate to admit it, but i would be too nervous to ride ( at least on the busier major streets) while pregnant. Trails, though, are a different story. The forest preserve is a lovely place to ride, and I will likely do that this spring until the belly gets too big and starts affecting my balance.
post #13 of 17

Hey Windycitymom,

I biked until my eighth month with the first one in new york city traffic. 17 miles commute to work each day.  I thought that by 20 weeks my balance was going to be gone, but nothing like that ever happened so I kept going until it was a bit too cold for the clothes I had.  It makes me more worried to ride with my son on the bike seat now than to ride while pregnant.  I have a hybrid biachi and did not need to change the saddle nor the handlebars.  I had a harder time walking - my pubic bone will bother me when walking, so biking was perfect. Like others said I think that listening  to your body is the key of knowing when to stop.  Also, check with your midwife/doctor.  Mine was totally fine with it.

good luck!

 

If I find some of the blogs and videos of women biking that I read through at the time of my other pregnancy, I'll post them here.

 

 

post #14 of 17

I'm with Wendie, though I've never been injured, for me, it's just not worth it to me to ride solo on the streets at the moment (I don't ride with DS on the street either).  So for excercise purposes, we'll head out to the FPD trails or keep to the right on the lakefront path.  I don't feel that there's necessarily a higher chance of me getting injured just by virtue of being pregnant, but I do feel like the stakes are higher if I were to get injured.  To get hit and lose this PG would be devastating, and really, for what?  I don't commute by bike and most errands I run are with DS anyway so I choose to drive.

 

I still may do group rides where I'm sandwiched front/back by other cyclists.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by WindyCityMom View Post

 

My husband has "forbidden" me to ride =/  He is really, really worried I'll hurt myself of the baby.  I feel that as long as I'm not overdoing myself, not riding in heavy traffic or on dangerous roads (I really just want to ride through a few park trails!) and my balance is fine, I should be okay.  

 

What are your thoughts?


My doctor was a huge advocate of me biking.  The only exercise she suggested as strongly as biking was swimming.  She said be smart, go on good routes, and stay cool and hydrated.  I bike and I go to spin class, and both are fabulous.  Not at all jarring or stressful like running.  I can get my heart rate up without bouncing up and down.  I am used to distance running, and if I didn't have cycling, I think I might go insane.

 

There are books out there that discourage cycling because you could fall, but any physical activity offers risks.  We often forget that labor itself can be risky for some - and is especially risky for mamas that aren't active and strong throughout their pregnancy!  I try to listen to my body's cues.  Seems like our bodies are pretty darn smart.  And I use general common sense and, of course, I always wear a helmet.

post #16 of 17

Yep, I love my retro cruiser bike. It's got a big padded saddle and upright handlebars, and a basket on the front!! I'm totally riding it (with helmet) all summer long for as long as I can! We have some trails, which I like because there are no car fumes, but they don't go everywhere, so there will be some on the road riding for sure. I've been meaning to attach a water-bottle holder since last year, so this year, I'll definitely have to do that.

post #17 of 17

see, now i want to go out and get a big, comfy cruiser!

 

my single-speed road bike with its itty-bitty saddle isn;t the most comfortable for pregnant riding- i need a cushy seat and a bike i can sit up straight on :)

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