Many months ago I wrote about my fitness journey through postpartum (with baby #2) and pregnancy (with baby #3) with CrossFit. The CrossFit workout method totally changed the way I looked and felt as a busy stay-at-home mom, even during pregnancy. My story is “CrossFit worked for me, and if I can do it, ANY MOM can do CrossFit.”
CF workout at 20 weeks pregnant with Bear Cub #2 “helping”
I still get regular comments and questions about CrossFit from women who read my story – and I’m thrilled that some of you have given CrossFit a try yourselves! I hope I can be as much of a support and encouragement to other Mamas as ya’ll have been to me during my fitness journey.
One of the emailed questions I’m frequently asked is how did CrossFit work for the rest of my pregnancy. Now that I’m 39 weeks and nearing the end (soon! at least I sure do hope!) of this pregnancy, I thought I should write an update on how CrossFit worked over the whole pregnancy. When I wrote the other CrossFit pieces I was only guessing how the full pregnancy picture would look with CrossFit. Now that I’m nearing D-day, I can give my full pregnancy eval.
My first trimester CrossFit workouts looked very similar to my non-pregnant CF workouts. The difficulties were the morning sickness and utter exhaustion (read: major lack of motivation), but I found that working out despite the sickness actually helped me feel better post-workout. I certainly couldn’t muster the energy to work out every day in the first tri, but I did keep up a consistent pattern, took lots of extra breaks to catch my breath and drink water, and I did not work out for time, just completion. The result was a lot of extra strength, stamina, and energy in the early days of pregnancy.
In the first half of my second tri, CrossFit remained similar to the previous months. I was still doing those dreaded Burpees and wall balls and pull ups and toe touches. The added perk was I didn’t feel nauseous all the time so I wasn’t battling against that during workouts. However as I began to really “show”, my ability to do sit ups and some other common CF moves went significantly down hill. I adapted by adjusting my workouts with other moves that worked similar muscles or muscle groups.
CrossFit really helped me manage my pregnancy weight in the second tri, and it also gave me the ability to maintain a level of physical strength I needed to keep up with my two crazy (and heavy!) Bear Cubs. At age 1 and 2 they weighed over 70 lbs. between them. I truly believe CF helped me keep up with the holding, carrying, lifting, swinging them in and out of car seats and shopping carts, etc. that I still had to do while pregnant.
My third trimester looked very different than the first two when it came to working out. As my belly grew, so did my ability to do a LOT of the workout maneuvers I was used to doing with CrossFit. I did my last Burpees and toe touches in May at about 6.5 months pregnant, and after that, it just felt too awkward and uncomfortable to keep it up. We also moved to a new home when I was half way through my 7th month, so my “working out” literally became the daily packing, moving, unpacking routines that our situation in life required. (My Hubs would come home from work and we’d joke about my WOD (“workout of the day”) being “how many boxes did I unpack for time.” Besides the moving/unpacking exertion, climbing stairs or toting around my children felt like enough of a daily workout.
In a nutshell, I did NOT turn out to be this type of pregnant CrossFit mama in the third trimester. Or any trimester. Or any time in my life. Ever:
(HA! Not even close! But isn’t she awesome?!) Via
While I was hoping to be able to give more of a “I was able to do CrossFit through the entire pregnancy” report, I still feel like I had a successful, positive fitness experience during this pregnancy. And I feel a lot stronger than I did at the end of my other pregnancies.
I simply can. not. wait. to get that 6-week-postpartum green light to begin CrossFit after Mr. Baby arrives! I’m so ready to get moving again post-ginormous-belly. (Let me know if anyone wants to join me! I’d love the accountability and encouragement of sharing the journey!).
My CrossFit Pregnancy Eval:
CrossFit helped me achieve the healthiest pregnancy I’ve had thus far. The way I’ve carried this baby compared to the others…the amount of weight I’ve gained (at 39 weeks I weigh about 5 lbs. less than my postpartum plateau weight months after my last baby was born) and the energy I still have in these final days of pregnancy is, I believe, a testament to the positive effects of CrossFit.
The “dual pillars” of healthy living for me this pregnancy were my workout regimen with CrossFit, and a nutritional lifestyle change the Hubs and I made in our home exactly one year ago. I don’t like to say we’re on a “special diet” because it’s really become more than a diet – it’s become a way of life in our home.
And next week, I’m going to tell you all about it. Hope you’ll stop back over here so I can share it with you next week!