At 25 weeks pregnant, I am totally clear of the half way point, obviously pregnant to strangers, feeling good….and only 5 weeks away from when I went on bed rest with P.
Believe me, the thought of doing that again scares me to death. I do not sit still well. At all. However, I refuse to live in fear and instead will be continuing on with being active and living life as normal as long as the doctor gives me the clear. I have to keep up with these boys as long as possible!
My most recent thought when I am out and about is “only in pregnancy do workouts (walks, yoga, pilates, etc.) get HARDER the more you do them”. To tell the truth, it’s frustrating and I have to constantly remind myself (yes, even with #3) that this is good for the baby AND it’s ok – I’ll have plenty of time to do “all those things” later after the Baby comes.
While I am very much past the point where I can continue to pull the boys up the big hills around here in the Chariot or Weehoo, biking in general still agrees with me. And if I can take the mega hills around here out of the equation, I think I will be set to go for a few more weeks.
When I was pregnant with the other two, this wasn’t an option for me….I think because the geometry of my other bike just didn’t allow for a “blooming belly”. This time around I’m digging my Specialized Ariel (check out my full review here) though I still find my eyes wandering to a cruiser that would allow me to sit straight up.
“How long will you continue to bike (hike/walk/exercise)??” <– The question I am asked all the time (along with every other active pregnant woman out there, I know!)
My answer: “As long as it feels good.”
I am firm believer that staying active (even though it may be LESS active than before) is still more beneficial in numerous ways than not. I can ignore the funny looks….and may look forward to the fact that colder weather means hiding a growing bump is easier and easier!
And it keeps me sane. WAY more sane.
Do you/Did you bike throughout your pregnancy (or did your wife)?? Feel free to share your stories in the comments!
Other Biking (Pregnant) Mamas:
Simply Bike by Sandra (and how she biked all through her pregnancies) + Links to other pregnant bikers
What I wear while staying active during pregnancy:
Mountain Mama: Expecting Adventure Clothing - My full review of their line
More than just biking….
Hike On, Mama! It’s Good for the Baby on Board! *A fabulous guest post!*
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