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wife's 3 weeks pregnant, can she ride actively?(11 posts)

wife's 3 weeks pregnant, can she ride actively?Bobha8
Jul 5, 2001 1:52 PM
We just took a test today and found out she's pregnant. She likes to bike, normaly 70 miles a week at a good pace. will this hurt the baby?

thank you for your help.
Ask the OBMrCelloBoy
Jul 5, 2001 1:58 PM
He's more onf an expert on your wifes exercise/condition. I've read/heard about women cycling well into the last month or two without ill effects, especially if they're fit cyclists to begin with. I believe it's mostly a matter of what feels OK to them, as long as they have no particular confition that their Dr. would be aware of. Talk to her M.D.
You're asking us?Dog
Jul 5, 2001 2:20 PM
We can't even agree on what kinds of tires to use. I agree with the above, you gotta get her doctor's clearance on this one. Too important to leave to a bunch of masochistic hacks (including me). :-)

Bicycling Magazine says it's OK, so it must be true. (NM)Krusty
Jul 5, 2001 2:30 PM
One more thing...Krusty
Jul 5, 2001 2:33 PM
What is the warning printed on the package of "Krusty's Brand of Home Pregnancy Test"?

Answer: "Warning: May cause birth defects."
Bicycling Magazine says it's OK, so it must be true. (NM)seamus
Jul 5, 2001 3:13 PM
...some of the women on the BICYCLING staff had kids in the past few years, and some rode through much of their pregnancies. so they practice what they preach.
Well, I'm an OB, and...JRG
Jul 5, 2001 2:42 PM
this kind of question is always hard to answer, given the differences between individuals and the paucity of good data.

As general guidelines, I usually recommend keeping the maternal heartrate below 140, don't exercise beyond the point where you can still converse with reasonable comfort, avoid abdominal trauma after about 18 weeks, and be aware that higher -impact sports (e.g. running) may be uncomfortable (though not threatening to the baby) later in pregnancy.

If she's in good shape, I'll bet you wife could ride for much of her pregnancy. I agree completely with the point made above, however: she should ask her own doctor.

Good luck,
That reflects my wife's experience w/two kidscory
Jul 5, 2001 5:12 PM
She was a pretty dedicated runner, and kept at it until just a few weeks before delivery. Even ran a race at about 6 months with my son, taking it a little easy on the (probably unnecessarily conservative) assumption that oxygen deprivation wouldn't do him any good. The bouncing up and down got uncomfortable, but both she and her (sports-oriented) OB were confident there was no danger to the baby.
As a bonus, she was in good physical condition for both births and delivered the babies easily.
re: wife's 3 weeks pregnant, can she ride actively?Jim Burton
Jul 5, 2001 4:04 PM
I have a few friends who ran through most of thier pregnancies. None of them were cyclists, though. If I were your wife, I would listen to the OB on the post and most of all, your own doctor.

Warning: My mother's OB was a very old, stubborn goat. When he heard about her running at age 53 (my mom, not the OB; he's much older!), he freaked out. He told her that if she ran another step he wouldn't be her doctor anymore. Well, he didn't get the chance to quit her as a patient before she told him where to stick his 1940s diploma. (That said, there are many older doctors who are very open minded.) She now sees a young, female triathete OB who encourages her newly active lifestyle and applauds her for quitting smoking (the idea of quitting smoking just got a mild "well, if you really want to" from her old doctor!). If your wife's OB is like the old one of my mom's, get a second opinion.
maybe, but do "we" want to?ET
Jul 6, 2001 12:52 PM
I don't know about you, but I consider the risk of falling from a bike and knocking the womb, with possibly lifetime ramifications, too great. Just my take on it. Maybe she could stay fit by using a stationary bike and running.
That's the real issue!dough
Jul 6, 2001 10:05 PM
When my wife was pregnant she wanted to continue to ride but her doctor advised against it. Not because the riding would do any harm but because of the potential for an accident. A hard fall off of a bike could do serious harm to mother and child.