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foto friday: cycling at 33 weeks pregnant

June 10, 2011

cycling at 33 weeks pregnant

This week was less eventful on the cycling front, mostly because temperatures rose into the high 90s and I thought better of going on long rides in that kind of heat and sun. I didn’t mind it at all last summer when I wasn’t pregnant (in fact, I just wore a lot of pattern to mask the sweat stains as per Velouria’s advice), but with baby in tow I’m being a lot more careful. Overheating and dehydration can cause premature labor, so my bike rides this week remained short and rare, mostly going to the grocery store and back.

I did, however, make up for less riding by attending my usual prenatal yoga class and by adding two prenatal water aerobics classes into the mix as well. The water aerobics classes are awesome, it felt so great to be in a pool, and it’s also probably one of the few times in my life I’ll be rocking the huge belly spilling over my bathing suit bottom without a care in the world. I’m also enjoying the added benefits of mixing up my ‘workout routine’ with swimming, yoga, and cycling. I was never this diligent about cross-training when I should have been, back in my running days. This is one lesson I need to take away from being pregnant; mix it up and try new things. There is no need to be devoted to only one mode of excercise, or transportation, for that matter.

You can take the limitations imposed on you and bemoan the fact that you’re unable to stick to your regular routine and way of doing things or you can see it as an opportunity to explore what else is out there. I’m glad I decided to go exploring because I’ve discovered some awesome classes in my community and some really wonderful people along the way.

Hope you’re off to a great weekend, maybe some explorations of your own, and definitely some time outdoors! ~ S.

cycling at 33 weeks pregnant

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol permalink
    June 10, 2011 08:27

    Oh, you look simply lovely (pun not intended) in that dress!
    You are an inspiration to start working out more in different ways!

  2. June 10, 2011 09:19

    aw, such a cute dress! definitely inspirational to see you still being so active when you have every right to be kicking back on the couch and vegging out.

  3. June 10, 2011 09:32

    Lady, you are a vision in this dress, with that bike and sporting that bump! I’m so glad you’ve found fitness inspiration in pregnancy. :)

  4. June 10, 2011 11:29

    You look gorgeous, as always. Love the dress. Love that you’re still biking it! And how do you like prenatal aqua stuff? I don’t know of any classes in my area, but it sounds divine.

    • June 10, 2011 15:09

      Ashley – I’m loving the prenatal water aerobics class, it feels sooo good to be in the water and I don’t feel like it’s hard work when we’re moving around in there, but then I feel that very good sort of tired afterwards (like after a hard work out which I never have anymore bc it doesn’t seem safe). And we spend the hour chatting about pregnancy and baby stuff, so it’s pretty fun :)

      It’s offered through my hospital, they have a pool and the classes are really affordable, so you could check with your local hospital and see if they have anything like that. (The hospital also has the pool for rehabilitation and such for patients).

      They’re also going to start a ‘Water babies’ class there and I’m so excited to take little C. swimming there after she’s born. I think we have to wait until she’s about 12 weeks old but then it’s on. Good luck with your search for such a class in your neighborhood, I really recommend it!


  5. Amy permalink
    June 10, 2011 13:31

    Thanks for posting this. I broke my ankle pretty badly last November and I’m still not able to get back to running. Instead, I’ve turned to yoga, walking and occassionally swimming for exercise. Turns out I’m loving yoga and I’m more dedicated to it now than I ever would have been if I was still focused on running. This is a great reminder to appreciate what our bodies can do right now!

  6. Melissa @ HerGreenLife permalink
    June 10, 2011 14:09

    At this point, it’s definitely all about being flexible. We were scheduled to attend Shakespeare in the Park on Wednesday night, and though we always biked to the event in past summers, I resigned myself to driving. In the end, we postponed the group event because others backed out due to the heat.

    I finally made it to the pool for the first time this morning (at 35 weeks), and it was quite nice. All of the grandmas enjoyed my “belly spilling over.”

    I guess the reduced biking and need for flexibility in transportation now is good preparation for post baby days. While we do plan to cycle with baby eventually, and I hope sooner rather than later, I am thinking there will be a period of at least a few months while we wait.

  7. Christina permalink
    June 10, 2011 15:12

    I think you are on the right train of thought – I have long since thought that mixing it up is far better than carving out a pattern that has no room for flexibility. We too have been in the 90s here, however, I did 2 grocery bike runs in it this week with child trailer and a 35lbs child. But I’m not pregnant! :-) I’ve found that as long as we have a breeze and the humidity is not horrendous (I am in the Midwest too), then I can make the bike trips in the heat. I’m still trying to figure out how to be more bike mobile in the rainy dreary months with a child involved, the hot days aren’t so hard on me. Many many best pregnancy and birth wishes – I look forward to your upcoming posts when the big day has arrived. I also look forward to seeing how you blend baby+bike+exercise. And always remember – if you can’t get to it because of baby, that is OK too. We’re only moms and there is no need for us to feel as if we have to tackle absolutely everything all the time. :-)

  8. June 11, 2011 13:49


    Your advice on embracing change and exploring new possibilities is lovely. I’ll try to apply it to my everyday, non-pregnant life. :)

  9. June 11, 2011 14:32

    you are just glowing sweetie! yes riding pregnant or not in 90 degree weather is not the best condition, unless your goal is to sweat like crazy! hehe


  10. June 11, 2011 18:52

    Hi there!
    I just found your blog and I can’t wait to read more. I think it’s great you are staying so active while you are pregnant! I definitely agree to mix it up and try new things. I have had some running injuries lately, and that’s the most important lesson I have learned. Cross training is important!

  11. Dr. M J Miczak permalink
    June 12, 2011 07:39

    As a health & fitness author, I have to say you taking a very wise approach to your pregnancy. Anything that helps to stretch your pelvic floor will be advantageous. Cycling is an aerobic exercise but at low speeds you won’t be depriving the baby of oxygen. Best of all you look fabulous! I biked during my pregnancies and know how fantastic you must feel. God bless you and your little one.

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