Pregnant and Cycling?
If Beyoncé can do it, you can do it too.
Really? But, is it safe? Is it healthy? Can you actually do cardio while pregnant? Is it going to hurt the baby?
There are a lot of questions, doubts and misconception around this subject – and we get why. Everyone wants to do what’s best for them and their baby.
So, can you really continue cycling while pregnant?
Here’s our answer.
Before getting into it – and we cannot emphasize this enough:
DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR DOCTOR.
Every woman is different and every pregnancy is different.
One thing we can tell you though, is that when it comes to exercising, it is best to stick with what you were doing pre-pregnancy. So, it is maybe not the best time to start Motion Cycling if you’ve never been before.
Now, if you do get the green light from your OBGYN, there are no reasons why you shouldn’t continue coming to Motion Cycling, especially if you enjoy it.
Working out during pregnancy is recommended and very important not only for you and your baby, but also for your recovery.
Obviously, as your body is changing and growing a beautiful baby, you might need to make some adjustments.
Here are some tips for our Motion mamas-to-be:
Listen to your body
This is not the time to achieve your best performance or set unrealistic goals.
If you don’t feel like working out today, no biggie. If you feel like slowing down and cannot keep up with double time, no biggie. If you prefer doing a seated sprint, then go for it. If you have to sit during jumps or take a break, it is OKAY. And most importantly, if you don’t feel well, slow down.
Trust yourself, because no one knows you better than you do.
Lower your intensity, not your enthusiasm
You might have to modify your intensity and ride within a comfortable heart rate range. Again, you are not preparing for a marathon. Check how you feel and if you need, get a heart rate monitor to keep track of your heart rate. We definitely don’t want to see you out of breath. No need to push yourself, know your limits.
Hydration is key
You need to stay hydrated even more now that you’re pregnant, so drink as much water as you can. Ask for an extra bottle of water and take as many water breaks as you need during the class.
It’s getting hot in here…
It is well known that during pregnancy your body temperature increases so be careful not to overheat. Try to ride near a fan to get that extra air flow and wear comfortable and breathable workout clothes.
Re-adjust your bike
Inform your instructor and they will be more than happy to assist you setting up your bike.
We recommend setting up your handlebars a little higher than usual to avoid too much bending over with the core while riding. You can also bring a seat cover for extra comfort.
You get it.
No matter what you decide,
Do what feels good for you. Keep your body moving. Enjoy the ride.
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