Cycling, in its many forms, has long been a favored mode of exercise for a large number of women. That is why, even after pregnant women learned they were expecting, they continued to ride. Continuing to bike is critical for both mental and physical wellness. Numerous studies have been conducted in recent years demonstrating the benefits of exercise during pregnancy.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, regular exercise during pregnancy can help ease a variety of typical pregnancy problems, including but not limited to constipation, edema, and leg cramps. It also greatly assists in minimizing pregnancy weight gain and better prepares the body for labor and childbirth.
Having said that, riding as a mode of exercise during pregnancy is debatable. There is a dearth of study on the subject, and there is always the possibility of falling. However, if you decide to continue biking, there are a few specific measures to consider. Here are our ideas and recommendations for cycling when pregnant.
This might seem obvious, but you should ride slowly and carefully while you’re biking. There isn’t any evidence directly showing that a bumpy ride could cause issues with your pregnancy, but you want to be as safe as possible. A large bump or a crash could be bad for you or your baby, so take it slow on the trail and be more mindful of how you’re riding the bike.
Much of what you can accomplish during pregnancy is determined by your pre-pregnancy activities. Women who ride expert mountain bikes may continue riding throughout pregnancy, but beginners should usually stick to concrete roads. Ladies who consistently completed 50-mile road rides on Saturdays may continue to do 20-mile rides when pregnant, whereas newcomers to cycling may struggle to complete five. You are the only one who truly understands what you are capable of and what is safe for you.
This is not the time to “train” to develop your speed or endurance. Doctors have omitted the heart rate guidance since an acceptable heart rate fluctuates according to the woman’s fitness level before pregnancy. A more accurate indicator of optimal intensity is the rate at which you breathe. Rides should be leisurely, and you should be able to converse properly throughout.
When you begin to feel fatigued, call it a day. Your body is putting in a lot of additional effort when growing a kid, and there is no shame in shortening your journey.
If you do decide to continue riding a dirt bike while pregnant, you must ensure that you are equipped with the necessary safety equipment. Wearing proper safety gear significantly reduces the severity and quantity of injuries sustained in an accident. However, they will not grant you invincibility. Helmets, coats, boots, gloves, and pants will all contribute to your feeling of safety when riding.
Motorcycle safety equipment has gone a long way in recent years, and it will help you avoid bumps, scratches, bruises, and maybe broken bones.
However, it will only protect you up to a degree. If you collide with a wall quickly enough and with enough force behind you, no amount of advanced safety equipment can rescue you.
As an extra precaution, always ride with a companion. Having a riding companion along is beneficial for more than simply safety. Additionally, having someone give you a little lift up the hills might be beneficial. If you do decide to venture out alone, ensure that you ride with a mobile phone and identification.
It might be challenging to keep hydrated during pregnancy, but it is critical for your health and the protection of your baby. Take lots of water with you and prepare ahead for water stops along the trip. Pregnancy requires more water than normal, so keep this in mind when bicycling and bring an extra bottle.
Personally, I would suggest not riding any dirt bike while pregnant. While pregnant, you must consider two lives: your own and that of your unborn child. Riding any type of bike places a significant amount of pressure on your body – your heart rate increases, your adrenaline and cortisol levels rise, and your muscles work to keep your balance. This adds additional strain to a body that is already supporting the lives of two individuals. Bikes are risky, and there are more fatalities on bikes than in automobiles.
I would suggest you just relax, eat healthily, take care of yourself and your baby and do some mild exercises to keep you fit.
If you still want to enjoy dirt biking, just keep the above points in mind before going out.