A new passenger

Day 168
By foot

So, by the way, when Bike Denver first contacted me about the heroics in December, I was like “Yeehaw, that’s me!” But then, when late January rolled around and it was interview time, I was like, “Hey guys, I don’t feel like much of a bike hero, you should pick someone else.”

And that’s because this girl was under Doc’s orders to lay low and keep my feet on the ground for the better part of these past two months. As much as it sucked, there’s actually a wonderful reason behind this strict new regimen: I’m going to have a baby come August! (!!!)

Ah, it’s such a relief to finally share this news with you.

For a while there, I had overdone it a little and I understood the need to rest. While I still don’t own a car, I’ve been hopping aboard the carpool to work and back, accepting rides and occasionally borrowing one.

Now, I have the green light to exercise again, but my doc would prefer that I stayed off the bike commuting for the course of this pregnancy.

My initial reaction? Disobey.

I found an abundance of articles in the blogosphere on my side:

Bicycling Magazine’s Cycling for Women: Riding While Pregnant chapter

The Guardian’s Green Living Blog: Cycling While Pregnant Prepares Your Body for the Uphill Battle of Childbirth

Simply Bike’s Biking While Pregnant profiles

On the other hand, the doc is simply trying to keep me out of harm’s way and warning me that my center of gravity is changing.

I also get a lot of lectures lately from well-meaning friends who say things like: Its important to follow your doctor’s orders. Your body isn’t your own anymore. God forbid you fall!

Of course, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject, too.

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7 thoughts on “A new passenger

  1. ashley says:

    GASP! Congratulaaaaaaaaaations! 🙂

  2. Aaron says:

    Congrats! If your doc is being overprotective about biking worried about you getting in an accident but there is no medical reason why shouldn’t commute, then I think it is fine. I have friends who bike commuted while pregnant it got uncomfortable after a while an they stopped. Their route was very safe with little car interaction, and that played into her decision to keep cycling. Also she rode slower than usual and was extra safe. There is no black and white you should ride or you shouldn’t, take all factors, including you docs advice, into consideration. Awesome news congrats again!

  3. Mo says:

    Congratulations Erin!

  4. Melissa says:

    Wow!!!!! Congrats! Talk about your life changing in the past year–I am so happy for you!! Of course, I think you should continue to safely ride your bike–it’s sanity and there is so much research now that it’s important to keep exercising while pregnant. Just keep your heart rate down–no racing! 🙂

  5. Jim says:

    Congratulations to you Erin! What a bike-year this is for you! I hope you don’t ride in this wind we’ve been having lately– It’s beyond brutal.
    Take care now!
    -jimz

  6. Jessica says:

    Congrats Erin!!!! Your Black Sheep bike is now a bicycle built for two ; ) Be careful and ride safe, just don’t over do it. Take care!

  7. Melanie says:

    Yay, Erin! I say bike while you can, as long as you’ve got the all-clear for exercising.

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