From Women's Cycling Magazine - by Nicola Joyce, @Womens_Cycling @
Finding out you’re pregnant doesn’t have to mean leaving your bike to gather dust for nine months. Nicola Joyce outlines what to expect when you’re expecting.
You’ve just discovered that you’re pregnant: congratulations! Once the initial excitement, shock and awe wears off a little, one of your concerns is bound to be whether or not you can carry on cycling now that you’re with child.
As an active woman, you’re keen to keep up your strength and fitness throughout pregnancy, helping your baby’s development and paving the way for as healthy a birth as possible. Regular activity has a host of benefits during pregnancy, from improving your mood and self-image, to boosting energy levels, reducing stress and helping you sleep.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (R.C.O.G) even says that exercising may help to prevent gestational diabetes mellitus and hypertension (high blood pressure). But what are the facts on cycling whilst pregnant? We asked the experts for their advice and opinions so you can feel confident as you make your own decision.