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Posted on March 2, 2014
Ashley Khalipa, 8.5months pregnant and getting 14.1 done! What is your excuse?
Healthy Mama, healthy Baby
More and more woman are continuing on with their CrossFit routine throughout their pregnancy. It is refreshing, empowering and enlightening to see. It's not for everyone and those who choose to keep at it do so with caution and awareness of their own body.
It's been a while now since I was pregnant but I thought I would post this list of things I learnt about MY body during pregnancy. It's different for everyone, so keep that in mind. Hopefully it can ease some our pregnant clients out there who are on the fence about CrossFitting during their pregnancy.
- Your body is not your own right from the moment you get pregnant. Just go with it, there is no point fighting it. If you feel sick and don’t feel like working out, that is ok.
- Working out stopped being about having fun and more about staying healthy. It was pretty uncomfortable most of the time working out for me, but I continued to do so for my own health as well as my baby’s.
- Don’t confuse pain with discomfort. While it was uncomfortable to work out, it wasn’t painful – there is a difference and I think most first time mothers can worry that discomfort is harming the baby. I knew in my case, it wasn’t.
- Running caused PAIN. After about 20 weeks, it hurt to run – so I stopped. A lot of woman can run right up till they give birth, I couldn’t.
- I stopped doing movements that flexed my trunk. Situps, toes to bar etc. I scaled loads and reps as I saw necessary. I felt no desire to complete workouts as rxd or set any pr's
- It is a myth that squatting will put you in labour. I tried! 100 air squats didn’t work.
- I tried to stay cool, but obviously that is impossible to do while working out. I figured out that my body would tell me if I was too hot. I would feel dizzy. If that was the case, I stopped and had some water.
- Eating healthy made me feel better and have more energy. Being pregnant doesn’t change anything about your diet. The cravings are just slightly heightened. Be strong and don’t give in to them (all the time). Your healthy baby will thank you.
WORKOUT FOR MONDAY
Find a heavy Front Squat for 3 reps
7 Front Squats (165/115)
7 Front Squats (135/95)
7 Strict Pullups
7 Front Squats (<95)
7 Pullups or Ring Rows
* Compare to March 6th 2013