Hello everyone. Cycling is my usual mode of transport to and from work, and at wk 19 and with barely a gentle incline on my tummy I'm not having any problems. Are there any cyclists out there who can suggest how long I might get away with this? I'll switch to walking to work if I have to, as I want to keep fit to help things go well at the birth and afterwards.
I don't see myself cycling while I'm in labour, but I'm still at it at 26 weeks, no problem. However, traffic makes me more nervous than usual, and I'm going to have to raise my handlebars or something, because my thighs are starting to run into my bump.
My doc gave it the ok for as long as is comfortable, presuming I cycle carefully. I go really slowly and carefully on cycle paths and avoid going out in the rain. I think this is the most likely time you fall off.
I've fallen off my bike when pregnant (muddy field, wet road). I know you wont' believe me, but it wasn't a big deal. You have to cause interal injuries in a fall to do the uterus harm. Cyclists normally break collar bones, not ribs or hips.
Anyway, I rode to 38+ weeks in 3 pregnancies. We all seem ok for it. The hospital consultants congratulated me for keeping fit when I cycled to a 34 week scan (not sure if they realised I was cycling 35 miles round trip).
I reckon if somebody is a confident cyclist before pregnancy, and continues to cycle regularly thru the weeks, then they can adjust (in most cases) to how the bump affects their balance. But I would certainly stop if I felt clumsy, off-balance or just plain too uncomfortable.
i was hit by a car when i whan out for a bike ride and i was 4 months pregnant. i was sent flying fewbruises but i was ok. the car did not stop. the little S**t i was so shaken and upset though i i got a lift home and bike is permantly locked in garage.
I cycled till I was 41+5 (the day I gave birth) with a child on my bike - all be it a million times slower than normal. I am something like 23 weeks cycling with a 2 year old on my bike and can cycle fine still. Hoping to cycle till I give birth again...but I do live in Cambridge and only have 1 little hill and a railway bridge to cycle up.
I was 9 weeks, cycling down a quiet street behind dh, car came out of nowhere, dh jumped on his breaks, I could not react quickly enough (I blame pregnancy for that). Crashed into dh, flew over front bar and landed on top of him, his bike seat hitting me straight into the stomach. Had cramps that evening, went to see GP, he said no way you can hurt the baby so early on.
Had a scan at 15 weeks, baby had died around 9 weeks. I will never know for sure.
I did not go anywhere near my bike during my next pregnancy.
I know it can happen if you are not pregnant too but it would not have mattered then, would it? Plus I do think I would have been able to stop if I had been my normal self.