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#1 of 12 Old 09-18-2008, 12:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I just bought a beautiful new bike about 5 weeks ago that I love so much. I love riding it. It's the one thing I've felt some disappointment about regarding things I'll need to give up due to pregnancy.

I'm still riding and just being very careful to stay hydrated. I know eventually my belly will just be too dang big to ride, but until it is, is there really any reason I can't keep riding?
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I think if I remember correctly, they say up to about 4 months....it really depends on how big you grow and how quickly. More so because you'll be off balance and your centre of gravity will change. You may be less likely to quickly compensate and keep on the bike if you do lose your balance.

There are a few things from an exercise standpoint that are concerns: biking, downhill skiing, roller blading, water skiing, scuba diving, etc. Mainly sports that pose a risk to you and your little one-to-be.

Hope that helps? Think of it this way, that beautiful new bike will be ready for you next May to help get you back to your pre-baby body!
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I tried to ride a bike when I was about 8mos pregnant... NOT FUN lol

I think once your belly gets big enough where it could throw off your balance is when they say you should stop.

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I think until you are uncomfortable. I rode up until only a few months last time. My SIL was riding hers at 5 months pregnant this summer with no problems. If your body says NO, then stop.

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REally, it's all a balance issue. If you have good balance, go for it! The Dutch ride their bikes when fully pregnant (at least, that is what I've read!).
I think that if you are in tune w/ your body, you'll know when to not ride (if at all).

It would be different if you were playing baseball, or downhill skiing, or wrestling or something
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For as long as you can. My friend is 9 months pregnant and riding her bike still.

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I quit riding mine because it made me spot :/

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Thanks everyone! It's good to know.

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I quit riding mine because it made me spot :/
Can you tell me more? How did it make you spot? Was it with this pregnancy or a previous one? Thanks.
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With this one. About a week ago or so, right after an 8 mile ride, I had some light pink spotting that turned to brown. It was a decent amount too and lasted a few days. It was probably nothing and maybe that particular ride was just too strenuous, and shorter ones would be fine, but I hate spotting! Every time you go to the bathroom its like you're waiting for it to turn bright red. So I just stopped.

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My doctor told me that biking is fine but to avoid potholes and cobblestone streets.

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Crashing your DDC from January...

I rode last time up till about 8 months (I'm a commuter biker, and that's when my job ended). I'm coming up on 6 months now, and still biking regularly, with no intention to stop. My teaching job will go until 3 weeks before I'm due, in fact, so I'll be riding until then.

My experience with balance is that if you've been riding the whole time, you'll be fine. If you try to get on a bike at 7 or 8 months when you haven't been riding, it's more of a trouble.

Other than that, avoid bumpy roads, take it easy, and carry water. I love biking pregnant because it's so much more comfortable than walking! I've been known to take my bike along and coast when we go for long walks with friends.

So anyway, no need for disappointment.
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Crashing your DDC from January...

I rode last time up till about 8 months (I'm a commuter biker, and that's when my job ended). I'm coming up on 6 months now, and still biking regularly, with no intention to stop. My teaching job will go until 3 weeks before I'm due, in fact, so I'll be riding until then.

My experience with balance is that if you've been riding the whole time, you'll be fine. If you try to get on a bike at 7 or 8 months when you haven't been riding, it's more of a trouble.

Other than that, avoid bumpy roads, take it easy, and carry water. I love biking pregnant because it's so much more comfortable than walking! I've been known to take my bike along and coast when we go for long walks with friends.

So anyway, no need for disappointment.
Good to know. It's hard to avoid bumpy roads in my city but I'll do my best. I do carry water and stop at least every 20 minutes to drink and I won't push myself.
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