When I learned I was pregnant a flood of thoughts and emotions ran through my head. But one in particular led me to do some research with nothing really out there to help me. So I decided to shed some light on my experience of cycling during my pregnancy. I guess I need a bit of a disclaimer here to remember this was my experience, I am not a medical professional so if you have any hesitations or questions about exercising through your pregnancy I would as your doctor. So onward and upward...
There really isn't much to write home about in the first trimester. I didn't even find out I was pregnant until almost 9 week. So at that point I had been doing my usually 5-15 miles 4 or 5 times a week, not knowing I was pregnant I was actually still dieting and using Weight Watchers. Once I found out not too much changed, I was able to cycle normally through the first trimester without any modifications or changes at all.
Around 16 weeks, on vacation in the Outer Banks (so very flat riding), I started to notice my cycling clothes fitting a little tight and I was more fatigued than normal. My growing pooch becoming uncomfortable in my normal cycling position. My husband did some research and when we got home he ordered me an adjustable stem to actually raise my handlebars an inch.
This one did the trick for me and was very inexpensive. Suncentech Bike Stem 0-60 degree 110 mm riser. Available on Amazon.com
There are some specifications you will need to know about your size bike that you can work through diameter to customize.
The second trimester was pretty glorious for cycling, any fatigue I had was gone, I didn't feel nauseous or sick at all. Around 20 weeks the only strange problem I had was my balance was a little off. I actually fell off my bike twice during my pregnancy, and this was the only time I have ever encountered balance issues. Both times I was literally at a standstill about to pedal off. I was so scared that I could fall again that we removed my clip in pedals and I rode with regular pedals and sneakers.
Going into the third trimester my clothes were just a little too snug and my bib shorts began to cut into my ever growing belly! These biker shorts from blanqi.com were amazing! For the duration of my pregnancy I wasn't riding too hard, so the need for padded short diminished and these fit the bill.
I hope this help anyone finding themselves where I was, searching for recommendations to stay active.
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