Planning on cycling whilst pregnant? Ok, so you’re hardly Victoria Pendleton. But if you’re a keen cyclist, and want to carry on exercising now you’re pregnant, there’s no need for you to stop. You just need to apply a few rules!
Here's everything you need to know about cycling when pregnant...
4. Make adjustments
As your bump grows in the second trimester
, you may need to move your saddle or handlebars. ‘Raising the handlebars on your bicycle so you are sitting in a more upright position can help accommodate your bump,’ says Louise.
7. Watch out for backache
A common side effect of pregnancy
If you are suffering and have a racing or road bike, which involves leaning over the handlebars, it may feel uncomfortable. Dutch-style upright bikes (such as Pashleys) put you in a better position that may help to prevent aches and pains. Pregnancy yoga
will help with aches and pains or try pregnancy massage.
8. Don’t overdo it
As your baby grows your internal organs need to jostle for position. ‘You’ll know your bladder is now smaller,
what you may not know is your lung capacity may be reduced,’ says Louise. ‘If you’re getting out of breath, slow down or, in severe cases, stop and take a breather.’ It’s important that you don’t overheat when you’re pregnant, so keep your sessions, brisk but not too sweat-inducing.
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