New Zealand's Minister For Women Cycles To Hospital At 42 Weeks To Have Baby

#42weekspregnant #cycling #bicyclesarethebest

Julie Anne Genter is New Zealand's Minister for Women and Associate Minister For Transport and Health. She explains, "I'm into lively streets, real food, and bicycles" and her Instagram frequently shows her love of cycling. She and her partner, Peter Nunns, even made a cycling-themed announcement to reveal they were expecting.

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When it actually came time to have her baby, she opted to ride her bike to the hospital at 42 weeks pregnant.

Genter shared photos on Instagram of her and her partner getting ready for the bike ride and en route. She explained, "Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby. This is it, wish us luck! (My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the car for the support crew ... but it also put me in the best possible mood!) #42weekspregnant #cycling#bicyclesarethebest"

According to the Independent, the Green Party politician reported that she used an electric bike and her journey was "mostly downhill." 

She joked, "Probably should have cycled more in the last few weeks to get the labor going!" Genter had an expected due date of August 6 and went to be induced on August 19. 

In May, Genter shared information about a project about cycling during pregnancy and with a baby. At the time, she said it was very relevant to her as it covered the obstacles and needs women with children have while cycling. 

Total Women's Cycling reports that people can cycle into their second and third trimesters but recommend getting advice from their doctors. They point out that every pregnancy is different and if people stop enjoying cycling or it becomes too difficult, they should listen to their bodies and quit it for the time being.

As of August 20, Genter has yet to make a birth announcement, but many people are offering their congratulations.

Some are even sharing their cycling while pregnant experiences.

"I cycled on the morning I gave birth (to buy tomato plants from the nursery)!" one mom explained. "I found cycling in the late stages of pregnancy so much more comfortable and enjoyable than walking. And we didn't own a car, so that wasn't an option."

Genter's cycling to the hospital to be induced follows New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern giving birth to a baby girl at the end of June and making history as the first elected world leader to take maternity leave. She took six weeks maternity leave.

The Minister of Women announced she would take three months leave.

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

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