Cycling at 20 weeks pregnant - what to wear?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Blonde, 6 Apr 2010.

  1. Blonde

    Blonde New Member

    Location:
    Bury, Lancashire
    My Majorca training camp/holiday is coming up in two weeks time when I'll be 19 and half weeks pregnant. When we come back we're in the UK three days (when I will have my 20 week scan) before we go to the Sierra Nevada region in Spain for a ten day cycling trip. Does anyone have any experience of cycling at this stage and also, what on earth can I wear? I am struggling to fit into my existing winter kit already, but I'm hoping to wear my stretchier summer kit when we're away and hoping it still fits in a few weeks time. I have seen belly bands for about a tenner which may work under the cycle jersey if it fails to meet the shorts and I have seen Terry and Specialized maternity padded cycling shorts available via internet/mail from the US, but I really hope to avoid the extra expense of shorts, as I don't know how much wear I'll get from them - I've no idea how I will feel in a few weeks time or beyond. I am also worried about the feet swelling/cycle shoes problem as there is no way I can afford to buy larger cycling shoes when I might only wear them a few weeks. My feet seem fine at the moment but I dont know what they will do in a few weeks time... Any advice/experience on this would be welcome.
     
  2. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    Congratulations by the way - I hadn't returned to cycling whilst I was pregnant - but I was fairly active (well walking / swimming etc), and I didn't really suffer from swollen feet - or when I did it was more of an evening thing. How much cycling are you intending on doing as the pregnancy progresses, if it isn't too much then its not worth expending a large fortune on stuff you won't wear much or if you can manage to adapt non specific gear to work on the bike.

    Cathryn will be along hopefully with more information about cycling and pregnancy.
     
  3. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    blonde - huge congrats from me.

    No idea about cycling during pregnancy - it's 33 years since my wife had our daughter.
     
  4. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    Congrats Blonde! Was only thinking of you the other day:smile:
     
  5. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Blimey, they must have been some thoughts!! :biggrin:

    Congrats to you Blonde. No idea bout what to wear either as my Wife doesn't cycle and certainly didn't whilst pregnant. Good luck on your jaunts though, and with the birth too. Exciting times!!! :biggrin:
     
  6. OP
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    Blonde

    Blonde New Member

    Location:
    Bury, Lancashire
    Heh heh! Thanks for your good wishes guys. I can't wear normal clothes for cycling - it took me about 5 years to find shorts that didn't hurt me and I also wonder how I'd get on with the problem of sweat and then getting cold in wet clothes etc if I wasn't wearing dedicated cycling kit...

    I hope to continue to commute to work (albeit by putting bike in car and driving a bit nearer as the pregnancy progresses so I dont have to ride up The Big Hill we live on, on my fixed) and also hope to continue to ride an "easy" 50 miler at weekends, perhaps tapering to 20 miles as needed. I suppose I'll just have to see how I feel. I have plenty of steerer height on all my bikes which may help a little. I am going to the velodrome on Saturday but haven't been for ages due to fatigue after work - can't usually do anything in the evenings now - I've been going to bed at 7 or 8pm!
     
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I work in Bury so maybe I should be looking out for you? The only cyclist I see regularly is Manchester's Mad Cycling Woman going painfully slowly up and down the A56 and around Radcliffe and I'm sure that's not you!

    Good luck anyway - take it easy as you don't want to harm your little bundle of love!
     
  8. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Ho ho - that's my question answered! I was just thinking about you t'other day and wondering if the ever-growing bump had stopped you cycling yet, but then I came to my senses and realised that you'd probably keep riding until the last possible minute! :biggrin:

    I have absolutely no experience of cycling when pregnant, either first or second hand so, sorry, I can't help you!

    Enjoy the hols!
     
  9. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    The US Company "Terry" do a Maternity Short and they are usually prompt with deliveries (but don't forget to calculate conversion fees and handling charges) - I don't know of a UK importer.

    The other option would be a pair of men's bib shorts, if you can work with the pad.

    Many of us have a certain middle aged spread that these cope with well, especially if there is a low front.... cheaper than importing the Terry, but pad size and position will be the make or break.
     
  10. coco69

    coco69 Veteran

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  11. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    In which case I think you have answered your own question - get the shorts - if it makes the difference to you being able to continue to cycle comfortably - its worth it. Everyone treats themselves in some ways - having proper shorts could be your treat.
     
  12. OP
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    Blonde

    Blonde New Member

    Location:
    Bury, Lancashire
    Yes, but I'll have to hand wash 'em every night, or buy five pairs like I have with my assos ones and that's what I was hoping to avoid. Hmm this baby is going to be expensive before it's even born!
     
  13. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    Compromise - buy two pairs? How long are you intending to work for ... with one of mine I think I went to about 36 weeks, while with another I think it was more like 29 - which might make a difference into how much wear you are going to get out of the shorts.

    PS. The expense of the shorts is the least of your worries;)
     
  14. ChristinaJL

    ChristinaJL New Member

    I found my feet didn't swell up at all during either pregancies, so you might be ok with your normal shoes.

    Personally, I couldn't cycle whilst pregnant, cos I had loads of dizzy spells making my balance atrocious and constant sickness, so I though puking up at the side of the road was not classy. :smile:

    Terry make comfy shorts, I have a skort for summer and it's great. :biggrin:
     
  15. OP
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    Blonde

    Blonde New Member

    Location:
    Bury, Lancashire
    Thanks for your replies. I was intending to work up to the week before the EDD, but I have three weeks annual leave saved as well, so I'll actually have four weeks off work before the birth. It seems that everyone is so different that I can't really plan anything - will just have to see whether I need specific maternity shorts or not and if so, hope they arrive quickly after ordering. At the moment the cycling is what's keeping my from going insane, so I'm keen to continue it for as long as possible - I'm not sure I could cope with this pregnancy without it!
     
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