cycling while pregnant: dena of philadelphia

Today’s profile comes from Dena of Philadelphia, who wrote in saying that she rode her bike during her second pregnancy until 41 weeks! Wow, way to go mama! She returned to cycling with her 5 week old, something she chronicled on her blog, bikeMAMAdelphia, for all of those interested in post-partum cycling. You can also find Dena on Twitter @lachute . Below are her thoughts on cycling while pregnant:

Dena cycling while pregnantName: Dena

Age: 29

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Cycling for how many years: 11 years in the city

Favorite part about cycling: Being outside with my family & not having to wait on SEPTA (PT) all the time.

Bike(s) you ride: Urban Arrow Bakfiets, Civia Halsted & a 1980s Bianchi Sport SX

What three words sum up your cycling experience while being pregnant: I go slow.

How did being pregnant affect your approach to cycling or your daily commute:

I had two different experiences pregnant and biking. With my first, I was commuting to a day job from South Philadelphia to Old City. Although the commute was short less than 4 miles I stopped commuting half through my second trimester. I became afraid of getting doored or being in an accident. So my first pregnancy stopped me from biking out of fear and not physical strength. I did not get back to biking until we started riding with our son.

With my second pregnancy this past year, I felt way more confident in a lot of aspects with biking while pregnant included. I went slowly. Never pushed my body past what I knew I was comfortable to do & just had way more fun.

Dena cycling while pregnant {Dena with her Urban Arrow at 38 weeks pregnant}

What (if anything) surprised you about cycling while pregnant?
The amount of people who told me I was amazing. Honestly I was just getting from point A to point B.

How did your family and friends react to you cycling while pregnant?
My husband is also a biker so he was confident I knew what I could handle. Some of our family may have had concerns but never voiced them to us. Not that I would have listened.

What (if any) special accommodations did you require to continue cycling throughout your pregnancy?

With my first pregnancy I switched my handlebars to upright to accommodate the growing belly. For the second we went through a number of changes. First we switched my son from a front mounted seat to a back. Then eventually I couldn’t mount the men’s frame of the Halsted and stopped riding for a month or so. We then decided to invest in a bakfiets, that way I could continue to bike through the third trimester and when the new baby came as well we could safely mount the carseat inside the box.

What would you say to another woman interested in cycling while pregnant?

Listen to your body and not your critics. You can do it! Dress in layers, I was an oven while pregnant, and often needed to strip down while biking.

In addition to cycling, what other activities helped you stay fit and active during your pregnancy?
I took up prenatal yoga and walked whenever we could. Chasing a toddler is also a great way to stay active!

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us, Dena! Read more about Dena’s cycling adventures with two little ones in tow on her blog, bikeMAMAdelphia, and check out the rest of this series on cycling while pregnant here!

Did you bike during your pregnancy? Want to share your story with us? Send me an email!

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4 Responses to cycling while pregnant: dena of philadelphia

  1. Connie says:

    Again, another great story. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that bakfiets. The box looks super sturdy… I’ll be adding that to the list of potential bakfiets to try!

  2. TopHat says:

    I biked up until 2 days before my baby was born, and she was 11 days “late”! The best reaction was when I was passing by a convenience store and a couple of men walked out, saw me pass by on my bike and one shouted, “She’s… pregnant!!!” Hahaha! Good observation. :) It was tight at the end there- when I had to stop at intersections and I’d come off the saddle, my belly would be right up against the handlebars, but it was doable! I had no problems with balance at all. It was actually easier on my weak ankle to bike than to walk.

  3. Kabir says:

    That’s amazing. It is a new experience to me.

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