30 weeks into this adventure. This is my second baby and I'm thrilled to say, she's a girl. Despite my OB's recommendation, I want to ride until my legs no longer fit around my belly. I keep saying it's a month away, but the month comes and I feel great.
Some people have given me concerned, what does your doctor think, looks that show their judgement about my "reckless" behavior. The questions are, "but what if you fall?", "isn't that selfish to put your baby in harms way?" And "wow, you better be careful".
I don't want to harm my baby, I don't want to take unnecessary risks. What I do want is to stay healthy, exercise and ride my bike to the best of my current abilities.
What people don't realize is that I have been riding my bike for so long that it feels like an extension of my body. Falls still happen when I am pushing myself, but my experience has also taught me where my comfort zone begins and ends.
Staying within my comfort zone, while pregnant, has allowed me to keep riding. There are people I run into that cheer me on. They say, "ride the whole time", "you are so amazing for still riding your bike". These are the voices I choose to hear.
I choose to listen to the small voice inside my head that helps me continue by telling me to slow down, take a break, don't hit that jump and don't accept that invitation to your favorite ride. I choose to keep riding and try to get exercise where I can. I choose to listen to those voices that cheer me on, not those that might fill my head with doubt.
So far, these choices have worked in my favor and the favor of the little life I carry inside. We are both a little healthier and I am much happier because I am still riding my bike. Now if I could just find a chamois and jersey that fit my belly.