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geekette8 From: geekette8 Date: November 9th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is all good stuff. The other aspect is the studies (no. I don't have cites, this is recalled from when I was pregnant!) that show that doing regular (and, as you so rightly pedantify, frequent :-)) exercise is one of the best indicators for a complication-free birth.

I cycled right up to 41 weeks+ ; the last time was two days before I went into labour (at 41w6d) when I cycled a 3 mile round trip to Sainsburys and startled the cashier by answering the "when are you due" question with a date nearly two weeks in the past :-)) The only time I decided discretion was the better part of valour was when we had that horrible heavy snowfall. I walked home from work that day, but I would not have cycled even if I hadn't been pregnant, because the risk of falling was significant.
geekette8 From: geekette8 Date: November 10th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, you might find you need to adjust your handlebars upward for a more upright position later in the pregnancy.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 10th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did cycle *once* in that snow at the beginning of this year, & wouldn't do it again (pregnant or otherwise) -- I knew it was a bit silly but I was just determined to prove that it was possible (and it was! I didn't actually fall off though I did have one or two wobbly moments...).

Fortunately I live within walking distance of work (it's about a 45-minute walk in the snow, but that's do-able) and there are fairly sensible buses, albeit with a 10-minute walk at each end (so if it's really too icy to walk at any point then I may have to work from home -- fortunately they're OK with that).

And many thanks for the handlebars tip! I meant to ask about suggestions for bike-adjustment but it got lost somewhere in the long rambly post...
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