People commute to work in a number of ways. While the most popular method of transportation is and will continue to be driving, it's not the only method. Walking, bussing and taking the subway are just some of them. There's also cycling, which is popular among many people. It gives you a chance to get some exercise while you go to and from work. Depending on the climate of where you live, you could very well cycle to work year-around!
If you end up getting pregnant and happen to cycle regularly, you might wonder if you can continue doing so. Is cycling a safe thing to do while pregnant? Should you resort to driving to work now? Should cycling be something that you give up until after you've given birth? These are just a few of the questions you may have in mind.
Well, as it turns out, you can continue cycling while you're pregnant. But there's a lot you should know about it before you get started. The biggest and most important thing is to ensure that your doctor and/or midwife give you approval to do so. If you have a high-risk or difficult pregnancy, they'll most likely be told not to cycle. But if you and your unborn baby are okay, you'll probably be cleared to cycle to your heart's content.
After you've been given the go-ahead to cycle during your pregnancy, you'd think that would be the end of it. Unfortunately, that may not necessarily be the case. As we all know, mom shaming is something that happens all too much these days. It affects moms and moms-to-be over multiple things- from what your kids wear to whether or not a pregnant woman should drink coffee.
So naturally, cycling while pregnant may result in some less than savoury reactions from loved ones and strangers alike. Many may be silent; death stares, disapproving looks and shaking heads are just a few that come to mind. But others may take it one step further by actually saying something to you. It could be a backhanded compliment, an insult or even threats of harm to you or your baby. None of the above are okay- but it's important to keep in mind that some people just can't keep their mouths shut. If your doctor's okay with it, then that's all that matters. Why on Earth should you care about what some mom shamer says?
What matters most of all is that you and your baby are both healthy and safe. While some may argue that cycling in a dangerous method of transportation, you can easily argue that any method of transportation is dangeorus. You just need to pay attention to the road and listen to your body (and baby).