As a woman who struggled to lift her feet high enough to get into the bath well before full-term, I am always astounded by pregnant mums-to-be who just get on with stuff. I mean, I know we’re supposed to (I can hear the internet trolls telling me that woman have been having babies in fields for centuries), but the reality is that not all of us “in the family way” are up for yoga, or dancing, or putting socks on, or picking up anything dropped on the floor …
So when I read that the Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, cycled to the hospital for her induction at 42 weeks, I wanted to give her a virtual high five … along with some haemorrhoid cream.
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
On your bike!
Apparently the choice of transport was just a matter of numbers but Julie Anne is a regular cyclist and finds it to be an easy and quick way to get around to carry out her MP duties.
The Green Party MP later commented that she actually rides an e-bike and that it’s “mostly downhill to the hospital” but with or without a bit of power and gravity assistance, I still think that’s pretty amazing.
The MP and her partner were happy to announce the arrival of their baby boy the following day.
We’re overjoyed to announce the safe arrival of our son at 18.03 this evening, weighing almost 4.3kg. We waited a very long time for labour to start, but when it did it was short and sharp. We are so grateful for the lovely staff at Auckland Hospital who provided wonderful care, for the incredibly experienced independent midwife who supported us the whole way, and for our amazing friends and family. All of you have been so generous!
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This blog was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.
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