Biking with a Bump

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CyclingWhilePregnant

At my first midwife visit, I asked if it would be all right if I kept riding my bike while pregnant. My midwives said that as long as I felt good, didn’t push myself too hard, listened to my body, and felt safe, cycling was a great form of pregnancy exercise.

I’m currently in my 32nd week of pregnancy, and I’m still loving my bike. Here’s why:

Even though I’m in my third trimester and feeling tired, heavy and achy, cycling still feels good. It’s low-impact and (miraculously) makes my back feel better. It makes sense, when your back is being pulled forward all day by a heavy load, spending some time in an opposite posture (with a curved back) is a relief.

There is also something amazing about being able to zip around on a bike when I’ve become used to lumbering. I’m still able to move at a normal human speed on a bike, as opposed to when I’m waddling around on foot. Although I haven’t been swimming much, I imagine it’s the same sort of freeing feeling of being lighter and more agile. It feels wonderful.

Some drawbacks: I have to be much more careful about falls. This means that I find myself getting off my bike a lot more often, for safety’s sake. The people of Collingwood generally will not keep their dogs on leashes, and I have to be careful that no one darts in front of me while I’m riding. One woman actually told me, as I was slowly approaching her off-leash Weimaraner “Watch out, because she WILL run out in front of you.” So, maybe keep her on a leash whilst on this busy, multi-user trail?

Also, as the baby grows, we’re both running out of room and leaning forward is becoming difficult. I suspect that sometime soon the baby will just refuse to cooperate, and I’ll have to give it up. But until then, I’m going to enjoy this as much as I can.

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Baby Bike

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It’s only early March, and our toddler is only 18 months old, but this long-anticipated day has arrived.  C has a bike.

Pete was in Toronto for an appointment and swung over to Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop on Bloor St.  He picked up this little kick-bike for C to start using this summer.  She’s a bit small for it now, but we’re hoping that by June or July she might be able to ride it a bit.

I’m excited for C to try out her own little bike.  Yes, she’s growing up too fast for my liking, but it will be fun to see her try to ride on her own.  I hope she loves cycling as much as we do.  Or, as much as I do.  Maybe not as much as Pete does.  Pete enjoys plummeting down mountains on bikes.  I’m fine with C loving to cycle, as long as her cycling doesn’t turn into this:

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Eeeek.