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irstie Pelling, 38, set off on a year-long cycling and adventure trip with husband, Stuart, and sons, Matthew, 4, and Cameron, 2. Six weeks later she discovered she was pregnant..

route was suddenly blocked by an almost Invisible and completely unexpected thin blue line. We'd planned a cycle journey around New Zealand, an eco tour of Samoa and a wilderness trip of the USA and Canada, and now it was all up in the air.

'Pregnant women don't tend to cycle around New Zealand or go backpacking, do they?' I said to my husband. I thought back to my previous two pregnancies, where my only exercise was vacuuming up Maltesers from the sofa armrest and 'adventure' was daring to eat an egg that wasn't hard-boiled!

pregnancies, where my only exercise was vacuuming up Maltesers from the sofa armrest and 'adventure' was daring to eat an egg that wasn't hard-boiled!

ame me for putting the baby at risk? Was I stealing oxygen from the baby by going uphill and would my internal organs collapse? The medical profession thought not. 'There's no reason not to carry on cycling until the bump gets in the way,' said the New Zealand GP.

So, somewhat tentatively,

I carried on cycling north. I even completed a two-day mountain bike challenge event, towing my younger child in a trailer. I came last, but the toughest challenge was dealing with morning sickness while balancing the bike! I shipped my bike home

five months' pregnant and glad to see the back of it. The next stage, an eco tour of Samoa, involved sea-kayaking, swimming with turtles and the odd bit of basket weaving, none of which presented a problem. The Samoan women, who are as laid back about pregnancy as they are about most things in life, couldn't understand why I refused uncooked seafood.

We finished the trip with a We had six weeks in Canada five-day train journey glaciers, through meadows and up mountains. Canoeing turned out to be great exercise for me, as I helped paddle the family along Whistler's River of Golden Dreams.

and the US, where my bump was welcomed into lava caves, on

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