When we are expecting a baby, the questions multiply about what we can do and what is completely forbidden by the health of the child on the way and the health of the mother-to-be. One of the issues that always cause controversy is physical exercise, to what extent can you do sports during pregnancy? And furthermore, the debate on those activities that require physical effort but which we do not consider sports, but leisure activities. Among them is the bicycle, because there are opinions of all kinds about whether or not to ride a bicycle during pregnancy.
To begin with, we must bear in mind that no pregnancy is the same as any other, and that although there are general dangers that can affect the foetus, it is also true that depending on the health of the mother and her physique, it will be able to move during pregnancy. In addition, depending on how the process goes and the volume of the belly, you can decide how long you want to ride your bike. The last word must be taken by each woman’s personal physician, who will be consulted on a case-by-case basis.
Risks of riding a bike during pregnancy
However, in general we could say that a priori does not pose any risk if we do not go at high speed, we make a great effort to climb hills or give great pedals while we are not in an advanced state. It is also advisable to avoid areas of dirt with potholes or asphalt in poor condition, as well as paved roads. Repeat impacts can be harmful to pregnancy. Special care must also be taken to avoid falls. Don’t go too fast and be extremely vigilant if you are going to ride your bike in the city.
Although the most important thing is to consult our own doctor, to know whether or not to ride a bicycle while pregnant, we must be aware of the moment when we are. That is to say, making too much physical effort when we are already in the third trimester or in the final straight is not advisable, whether riding a bike or other physical activity.
As long as we move to stay in shape but not overdoing it, this will be beneficial for both us and the baby on the way. That is to say: climbing impossible slopes, doing speed competitions, going too fast or riding for too long is not a good thing if you are pregnant. However, taking a pleasant walk for a few minutes makes us activate the circulation of the legs, enjoy the outdoors and get moving, but always in a controlled way.