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So...is bike riding safe during pregnancy? Like, just biking down country roads with your old fashioned non-sport bike going slow and taking it easy? Not racing or hills or anything.<br><br>
Should it be ok?
 

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I rode my bike to work until I was about 5 months pregnant, then my belly got too big and it was uncomfortable and my balance wasn't great. My OB at the time said it was fine as long as my heart rate didn't go too high.
 

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I rode until right before DD was born (the nasty weather kept me off) and I had no problems. My MW did ask me to refrain from mountain biking downhill...hee, hee...I giggled just thinking of my round self bouncing down a single track too funny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But if it is comfortable for you, go for it! Great no impact exercise!!!
 

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I didn't consult with my MW or anything, but I rode my bike infrequently up until the seventh month or so. The last time I tried it my knees were hitting my stomach all the time, which was annoying, so I decided my bike-riding days were over for a while.
 

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I can't see how it would be a problem unless you got into a wreck. I was afraid it would make me too sore, I developed an issue with SPD this time, but it didn't. I'm still riding at full term.
 

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Yeah my OB said as long as I didn't think I was in the Tour de France or anything it should be fine. DD and I love our bike rides!
 

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I was told that since balance gets funny in pregnancy you should avoid things like bike riding or ice skating where you are dependent on your balance to keep you safe.
 

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I went biking outside for the first time this pg last week! It was awkward at first but I learned to ride with my knees slightly out to the sides. I was gonna kill dh when we took a short cut on a smaller, slightly uphill trail towards the end! But made it 12 miles which felt great.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was told that since balance gets funny in pregnancy you should avoid things like bike riding or ice skating where you are dependent on your balance to keep you safe.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I skated while pregnant with dd up to 40 weeks....<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I was biking regularly, even to mw appointments, up until about 34 weeks when the giant belly and shortness of breath became too much to get up the big hill. I also had to switch my road bike (where your position is really hunched over) for a cruiser style bike around 20 weeks or so. The biggest risk is what a pp said, getting into a wreck i.e. with a car. Falling off your bike on your own accord (i.e. tipping over or something because of poor balance) is somewhat of a risk if you find that your balance has gotten really bad, but a minor tip over (I had three) is something the baby would probably be fine through, as long as you were fine, too, like other very minor traumas during pregnancy (tripping, getting kicked in the belly by a toddler, etc.). My opinion, anyhow!
 

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In many European countries people see their bike as an important transportation means. I not only rode my bike until I was 34 weeks pregnant, but so did all my preggo friends up to the day beforethey gave birth! I would have done it for longer but my tummy was just too big and I could not pedal anymore! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:<br>
ETA - I don't see how the balance being off thing affects bike riding: I could bike perfectly but could barely walk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: I mean, it does affect sports where you have to stand, but on a bike it is the legs that are doing all the work!
 

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I biked every day until I was 20 weeks or so and then I just couldn't do it anymore. my mountain bike hurt my belly, if I had a cruiser type bike then I would of rode longer.
 

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i have a book about women bicyclists and it mentions a famous racer who road her bike all through pregnancy including to the hospital when she went into labor! i wish i could ride mine i just feel to icky to ride it but i sure do miss my long bike rides
 

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I commute on a bike because we don't have a car. I pull ds 1 in a trailer and I'm due in a couple of weeks.. I see lots of preggos around here doing the same <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's not the most comfortable.. but I've got a commuter bike and put the mountain bike away in the basement until I'm ready for it again. I don't feel off balance at all, just heavy and slow.
 

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I'm still biking at 24 weeks and plan to keep it up. I highly recommend the book "Exercising through your pregnancy" by James F. Clapp III MD who studied lots of exercising mothers and shows that the a lot of the "be careful don't overdo it, don't do anything that jostles" advice is overly cautious. If it feels good and you used to do it before you got pregnant, go for it and have fun!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I skated while pregnant with dd up to 40 weeks....<br><br>
-Angela</div>
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do you have it on video? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">do you have it on video? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Ask and you shall receive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><a href="http://www.halfabee.net/skating/" target="_blank">http://www.halfabee.net/skating/</a><br><br>
-Angela
 

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Did anyone find that they needed to get a "cushier" seat later in pregnancy? I'm 32 weeks, and would love to be able to take DD1 out in the bike trailer now that the weather is nicer, but I worry about the pressure on my poor pelvis.<br><br>
Oh, and Angela, that ice skating video is truly inspiring!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Did anyone find that they needed to get a "cushier" seat later in pregnancy? I'm 32 weeks, and would love to be able to take DD1 out in the bike trailer now that the weather is nicer, but I worry about the pressure on my poor pelvis.<br><br>
Oh, and Angela, that ice skating video is truly inspiring!</div>
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DH used to be a bike mechanic and raced often. He says that seats that are just cushy actually end up hurting your butt more. You may want to ask your local bike store for ergonomic seats (they are shaped differently)
 
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