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Tips for my wife while riding pregnant...?(9 posts)

Tips for my wife while riding pregnant...?DT
Mar 21, 2001 5:25 AM
My wife just found out two days ago she's pregnant. This is our second pregnancy...our first ended in a miscarriage last Sept, so this time she's particularly nervous. She started riding about a month and a half ago when we bought a tandem, and she loves it. So much that we just bought her a used Quattro Assi this week so she could ride when I'm at work (her idea, she enjoys cycling that much!). We didn't find out she was pregnant until after we paid for the bike...we can't take it back, because we bought it off of these classifieds pages. But she says she saw on some website that cycling is ok as long as you stay on smooth roads. Well, I live in Mississippi, so smooth roads are few and far between. Does anyone know anything about riding while pregnant, the limitations, etc...? Where's a good website to find this info out? I appreciate it!
re: Tips for my wife while riding pregnant...?PsyDoc
Mar 21, 2001 7:11 AM
There is a helpful 1997 article at:

You might also try the team estrogen website: or the biker girls forum:

Good luck.
Don't ride with daveb!Jiggy
Mar 21, 2001 7:25 AM
re: Tips for my wife while riding pregnant...?Alan B
Mar 21, 2001 8:07 AM
My wife miscarried her second pregnancy and, though it was in all liklihood coincidence, she blames it at least in part on riding. She continued to train for harder and longer rides and blames the miscarriage on a 40 miler she was not quite ready for (she, too, was a newcomer to cycling). While all this may be coincidence, at a minimum I would suggest only smooth roads and no real "training" -- unless she's already quite fit (my wife wasn't used to the exercise). Seriously, if there is ANY risk, is it worth gambling a life on?
re: Tips for my wife while riding pregnant...?just wondering...
Mar 21, 2001 8:31 AM
Wouldn´t it all be better to consult a real doctor?
Uh...check with your doctor?Retro
Mar 21, 2001 8:31 AM
My wife ran and rode until her sixth or seventh month in both pregnances and didn't have any problems. I imagine cycling would be easier after that point than running, because you don't have the banging around. One thing the doctors did advise against was going anaerobic, because of possible oxygen deprivation, but they agreed that was probably very conservative--she wouldn't be able to go hard enough for long enough to cause any real trouble.
Do be aware of the balance issue, though. With 30 or 40 extra pounds waving around there above the top tube, it could make her tippy.
play it safeDaveG
Mar 21, 2001 8:39 AM
Check with you doctor about this. In addition to bumps and physical exertion, you have to consider the risk of crashing. There are only a few things in life more important than cycling, and this is one of them.
re: Tips for my wife while riding pregnant...?t montee
Mar 21, 2001 10:20 AM
i am an rn, and my wife researched this quite a bit. there is no problem with cycling while pregnant, particularly if she is already a rider. it used to be suggested that she keep her pulse under 140 (use a monitor)but even this is easing these days. do not worry about the rough roads, for the baby, it is floating nicely in fluid. my wife did the chaquamegon 40 mt-bike race pregnant on the back of a tandem at an easy pace, and later stood with greg lemond as an honorary chequama mama for her efforts. a friend of ours ran the disney marathon pregnant. there is no reason not to ride. you might want to get her a wider saddle, though, as thing will be changing a bit "down there". tell her to have fun and enjoy the breeze. don't forget to ask for a trailer for a shower present!!!
re: Tips for my wife while riding pregnant...?Kevin MD
Mar 22, 2001 11:43 AM

You forced me to do it... dispensing free medical advice (and you know what they say about medical advice.) This does not represent a physician-patient relationship, and you should above all check with your personal physician.

The spirit of all the replies is pretty accurate. Most pregnant women can continue to be active well into their pregnancy. However, it is incorrect and potentially dangerous to say your wife will be fine. I have never examined her, nor do I know anything about her medical history (and I am guessing the folks on this board haven't either). Talk to your wife's physician. Do not freak out if he tells you it is okay. Conversly, don't freak out if he tells you no. It is a complex decision that requires you (and the doc) to weigh many factors.

Bottom line: talk to her doc.


Kevin MD