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Stationary Bike

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The good news with starting a low impact workout like riding on a stationary bike is that you can start at any time during your pregnancy. Pedaling a stationary bike places no weight on the joints, which is easier on the joints than many weight-bearing exercises. As long as your midwife or health care professional gives you the green light, you can start riding and continue through your pregnancy as long as you don't have any complications.

Choosing A Bike

One thing to consider when choosing a stationary bike is to look for one that has a broad, comfortable seat. A best choice while you are expecting might be a recumbent bike with a nice cushioned seat and pedals in the front. Some bikes come with a built-in heart rate monitor, or you may already have a heart rate monitor of your own. Because a stationary bike normally only works the the lower body, you might look for a model with dual action arms so you can also work out your upper body.

Safe Ride

  • Stretch before you start exercising to help prevent injury and strain on your muscles.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes during exercise.
  • Remember to breathe deeply.
  • Drink water regularly before, during and after your exercise to avoid dehydration.
  • Keep your heart rate under 140 beats per minute while exercising during pregnancy.
  • Please take a moment to read Keys of Safe Pregnancy Exercise.   CREATE LINK