I consulted my GP, who said road cycling was fine up to about six months, after which time I might find myself having problems with balance, so the boyf (also a keen cyclist) agreed happily for life to continue as normal with me cycling to work.
On announcing our news to family, colleagues and friends, however, there's been a general reaction of :
"Congratulations. I take it you're not cycling any more?"
"No, I'm still cycling."
[face of horror]
"But you could get knocked off. And kill the baby"Sigh. I try to explain that me keeping fit is important. And non-weight bearing exercise is good. And cycling (even in London) doesn't necessarily mean you will be knocked off and/or killed. But suddenly everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks I'm wrong. I find it exhausting (and somewhat annoying) to have to defend our decision on a daily basis. Surely if both parents and the doctor believe it to be a reasonable risk, it's fine? Not to mention the fact that plenty of pregnant women in other countries continue to cycle, like these gorgeous ladies from Denmark.
(photo by Mikael Colville-Andersen)
I am mindful of the dangers of London roads and, now that the bean is a bit bigger and I am a bit slower, I have taken to cycling on the towpath, rather than the South Circular, but I remain a militantly enthusiastic cyclist, defending my right to :a) get around London in reasonably prompt fashion
b) not to feel sick when I get there after hot and smelly train carriages
Apparently this makes me a reckless and selfish woman though. So did you / would you cycle when you were pregnant? Or would you head to the swimming pool instead?