cycling while pregnant: bobbie of iowa

Bobbie: Cycling While Pregnant

Name: Bobbie

Age: 26

Location: Iowa

Cycling for how many years: I rode a bike as a kid, but I have been regularly commuting by bike for about a year now. Before that I would say that I rode occasionally.

Favorite part about cycling: For most of our outings, biking from point A to point B is so much faster than walking or driving. We live a little over a mile from downtown (where we do a lot of shopping and meeting up with friends) and there’s a park about half a mile away that we go to almost daily. Before my son was old enough to ride along in the trailer we would walk everywhere. I love walking, but biking cuts our commute in half. There also isn’t the hassle of searching (and paying) for parking.

Bike(s) you ride: A 1986 Peugeot Orient Express

What three words sum up your cycling experience while being pregnant: Meet you there (because, chances are anyone who bikes with will be just a little bit faster than me :)

How did being pregnant affect your approach to cycling or your daily commute: I found out I was pregnant in December, and I was definitely wary of biking at the beginning because of the road conditions. I had to reduce how much I was biking over the course of our (very long) winter, so by the time I was able to bike on a regular basis again I was already 5 months pregnant. Since I also have to cart my 27+lb son on regular trips, I try to make sure our trips aren’t too long or strenuous. I usually try to make sure we stop along the way if I need to. Although most of our rides are no more than 5 miles round-trip, taking breaks makes all the difference.

Bobbie: Cycling While Pregnant

What (if anything) surprised you about cycling while pregnant? In the beginning I was surprised how good I felt after a ride. Thankfully, I didn’t have any morning sickness; however, I was incredibly tired throughout the entire first trimester. I often thought I didn’t have the energy to bike even a short distance, but once I got going I felt so much better!

How did your family and friends react to you cycling while pregnant? Most of the responses I received were positive or indifferent. A few times I received questionable glances from drivers, but I think they were mostly shocked that I was biking while pregnant and pulling a trailer along. I’m also a runner and planned to continue running as long as I could. I ran a marathon a few months before I became pregnant, so I think most of my family and friends thought I knew what I could handle and that I would know when I should stop.

What (if any) special accommodations did you require to continue cycling throughout your pregnancy? About halfway through my pregnancy I made a few changes to my bike including a more upright handlebar, borrowing my husband’s saddle, and getting a rear mounted bike seat for my son. Before I bought my Peugeot (which is a mountain bike) I rode a cruiser. I generally like the more upright position of a cruiser and I felt new handlebars would give my belly more room and take pressure off my back. It’s a little strange to ride a mountain bike with cruiser-like handlebars, but it has made a huge difference! I borrowed my husband’s Brooks saddle because it is wider than the generic hard seat that came with my bike. It’s surprising where you gain the baby weight the second time around and having a wider seat made riding so much more comfortable. I decided I could no longer bike with the trailer when I was about 25 weeks along because I realized that I was towing 50lbs between the trailer and my son. Even on short trips it was becoming hard. I thought it was worth the cost in order to keep biking longer, although I generally prefer the trailer. Since making these changes I’ve also started looking into finding a woman’s frame, as I’m finding that riding a men’s bike isn’t as comfortable as it once was. I’ve had a few awkward dismounts lately, and I’m hoping having more of a step-through frame will eliminate that.

What would you say to another woman interested in cycling while pregnant? What have you taken away from the experience? Go for it! I stopped biking when I was pregnant with my son, mostly because I was scared to bike while pregnant. This time; however, I felt there was no question as to whether or not I would continue riding. Not only is it one of our best sources of transportation, but my son also loves to go for bike rides. It’s something that’s easy for me to do for him. The best motivation is knowing how much fun he will have!

In addition to cycling, what other activities helped you stay fit and active during your pregnancy? I am definitely more active during this pregnancy. Besides biking, I practice yoga, and walk often. I’m hoping to start a water aerobics class soon as well. Having a toddler is its own source of physical activity too!

Bobbie: Cycling While Pregnant

Thanks so much, Bobbie, for sharing your experience with us! You can read more about Bobbie’s adventures in cycling, running, and motherhood on her blog: You can also find her on Twitter @run_bobbie_run

Want to read past profiles of women cycling while pregnant? Check out the entire interview series here and contact me if you’d like to add your voice to the conversation!

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  2. Connie says:

    Awesome! Way to go Bobbie!

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