By Tara McKee — It is cause for celebration: you just found out you’re pregnant! There are so many things to consider over the next few months, and one that cyclists have to consider is should I continue to ride my bike as exercise or transportation during the pregnancy?
The short and easy answer is that most women with a healthy pregnancy do benefit with at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Cycling can be a great exercise for most of the pregnancy for many expecting women. The bike supports a pregnant woman’s weight and places less stress on the body. As the abdomen grows, the center of gravity shifts, and it may become harder to reach the handlebars, so balance becomes an issue and it may be a good time to put the bike on a stationary trainer. DJ Morisette drops in at Gooseberry Mesa. She is eight months pregnant in this shot. Photo: Quintin Morisette. How much cycling can you continue to do while pregnant? The short answer is that it depends on the individual woman, her level of fitness and health issues. At the first appointment, talk to your doctor and get their advice. Women who have high-risk pregnancies (like I did) may not be able to cycle at all or may have to settle for riding on a stationary bike during pregnancy. If blessed with a nice, normal pregnancy, you should be able to ride your bike or continue an exercise program to some degree.
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