Julie Anne Genter, New Zealand’s Minister for Women, is the most hardcore mom of all time
At 42 weeks pregnant, most women are over it enough to loathe walking across the house let alone doing any kind of real cardio. Carrying 6-10 pounds of baby ain’t easy, especially when you’ve been building up to it for basically 10 months. But Julie Anne Genter, New Zealand’s Minister for Women, clearly isn’t most women. At 42 weeks pregnant, she rode her damn bicycle to the hospital when it was time to give birth.
We should clarify, she was not in labor when this happened. Genter was scheduled to be induced on Sunday. But still. She was 42 weeks pregnant. And instead of settling her 42-weeks-pregnant self in the backseat of a car like you know you’d want to, she hopped on her bike and pedaled her way to her induction appointment, which was just over half a mile away from her house. Not too far, but still — 42 weeks pregnant.
This woman is a complete badass.
“Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby,” she wrote on Instagram. “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!)”
Power to Genter for not only doing this, but saying it put her in the “best possible mood.” At 42 weeks pregnant, all that would put me in my “best possible mood” is a Lay-Z-Boy recliner and a pint — no, make that a gallon — of Ben and Jerry’s.
But there’s Genter, cycling to literally give birth, and looking like a smiling champion doing it. If only everyone could make the very end of pregnancy look this good.
According to NDTV, Genter has used her government seat to advocate for sustainable transportation options, and her colleagues in the New Zealand Green Party called this “the most #onbrand thing ever” for her.
She’s been cycling throughout her entire pregnancy, actually.
As of Monday, reports say her baby still hadn’t arrived. Let us just go ahead and be among the first to send this amazing new mom congratulations, even if we’re a little early.