Our site uses cookies to make your experience on this site even better. We hope you think that is sweet.

How Safe Is Riding A Two-Wheeler During Pregnancy?

4 min read

It is best to avoid traveling in a two wheeler during your pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters.
To wheeler safety in pregnancy

  • Why Is It Unsafe To Ride Two Wheelers During Pregnancy?
  • 10 Precautions To Take When You Ride On A Two-Wheeler During Pregnancy
  • 5 Ways You Can Avoid A Two-Wheeler Ride During Pregnancy

Why Is It Unsafe To Ride Two Wheelers During Pregnancy?

Two-wheelers, as such, are not the culprits. But the crazy traffic on our roads, combined with the sad condition of the roads with multiple potholes, ensures that you are in for a very bumpy ride. The bumpy ride poses a problem even when you are driving in a four-wheeler (or a three-wheeler). But it poses a bigger threat to two-wheelers because:

  • Two-wheeler rides are rougher than four-wheeler rides – this will make your journey bumpier than usual
  • Two-wheeler rides require more balance because, well, you are on just two wheels
  • Two-wheeler rides are also riskier because there is an increased chance of falling and hurting yourself in case of an imbalance

In fact, your doctor might even suggest to stay off the roads completely during your first trimester. So, it is advisable you avoid two wheelers if you can help it. Whatever means of travel you decide to use, you should first talk to your doctor and ensure she is fine with your plan.
If avoiding two-wheelers is not a practical option for you, here are:

10 Precautions To Take When You Ride On A Two-Wheeler During Pregnancy

  1. Always wear a helmet, whether you are riding the bike, or sitting pillion
  2. If there is a chance you will be outside in the dark, take a high visibility jacket with you
  3. Try to avoid peak hour traffic in the morning and evening. Not only will the ride be more difficult and time-consuming, being out in the sun and smoke for long is not advisable during pregnancy
  4. Always pick a road you are familiar with, so you can anticipate the road humps and potholes ahead and will not encounter either of them out of blue
  5. While this is not always possible, make sure you know where the nearest hospital or medical center is, on the route you are taking. This way, if you feel unwell in between, you know where to go
  6. If you are driving as a pillion, make sure the driver knows that you are pregnant and that he/she has to go slow and avoid potholes
  7. Try to avoid long drives during the afternoon, when the sun is ablaze, especially during summers. The chances of you feeling dizzy is higher in the mid-afternoon time
  8. Keep a water bottle in the two-wheeler so that you do not become dehydrated when out for long
  9. Avoid riding in the rain. Also, avoid riding just after the rain when the road is wet and slippery (and the potholes are not visible due to water on the road)
  10. Avoid riding in fog or low visibility. During winters, early morning and late evening, there would be mist and fog which can lower your visibility

Although many of these tips may seem difficult to follow, especially if you have to get to work in the morning and hence cannot avoid the morning traffic, you have to find alternatives because it is always better to be more careful than less.
Pregnancy and two wheelers
Do you want to find alternatives to riding a two-wheeler? Here are:

5 Ways You Can Avoid A Two-Wheeler Ride During Pregnancy

  1. Car pool! While this may seem obvious, very few of us actually do it (which explains the crazy traffic!).
    • Ask your colleagues where they live. See if there is a way you can reach their residence, or they can pick you on their way to work. Trust us, people would want to help out a pregnant lady
    • Alternatively, ask your neighbors where they work. If they go to the same area as you for work, or if they pass your workplace on their way to work, then again they might be able to pick and drop you
  2. If you live in metros, cabs are easier to find thanks to services like Ola and Uber. They also have a “share” option where you ride with other people, which in turn brings down the cost of your ride
  3. Find out about public transport. That is right, the government transport buses might seem rickety in some regions, but once you move to the third trimester, it would be close to impossible to sit on a two-wheeler comfortably
  4. Try to make your work life a bit more flexible:
    • Talk to your manager about having a more flexible work timing, which might help you coordinate better for carpooling, or avoid peak hour traffic
    • Consider working from home some days in a week, if your company permits it
  5. If the office is close by, and you plan to walk, always make sure you do not walk alone and you have a friend or colleague with you so that there is someone to help if you feel unwell

For more on this topic, read Driving During Pregnancy – Car And Two-Wheeler Safe Driving Tips

Responses (0)

Please check a captcha

Want personalized reading and shopping suggestions for your exact stage of pregnancy?

Come on, sell the idea of signing up with us in two lines so well that they HAVE to sign up.

image

Want curated content sharply tailored for your exact stage of pregnancy?

165+ Services.

6+ Cities.

60K+ Parents Reviewed.

Explore Local Services.

Get regular updates, great recommendations and other right stuff at the right time.