A few months back I did an eat clean, train dirty post on doing crossfit throughout my pregnancy. Check out the that post by clicking here. I am happy to report that at 34 weeks I am still trucking along, but have come up against a few challenges that I didn’t really anticipate earlier in my pregnancy.
So everything is in one post, here is a short recap of how I have continued to enjoy crossfit throughout my pregnancy.
- No need to modify any movements (unless something feels uncomfortable for you)
- Stopped doing box jumps (in case of falls)
- Sit ups and ab intensive movements are still allowed
- Take lots of breaks and try not to push too hard (even though your ability will still be there)
- Drink lots of water during your WOD and strength
- I noticed that I would be winded faster
- I still did all barbell & body movements – at about 75% of my usual weights
- Don’t go for PR or 1RM during entire pregnancy
- Sit ups and most on your back ab movements are no longer allowed
- I decreased my weights by 50% (this was personal preference – lift what feels right for YOU)
- I stopped doing dead lifts & pull ups (both because I began to find them uncomfortable)
- Listen to your body – if movements feel off or put strain of any kind on your abs, stop
- Workouts have become much slower with lots of a breaks and lots of water
- Fewer trips to the gym per week (my body at this point can only take so much in 1 week!)
- I no longer do running WODs – I opt for rowing
- I decreased my weights depending on the movement – I work towards number of reps rather than adding weight during strength training
- Lots of breaks and LOTS of water
- I am still able to do all of the same movements I did in the second trimester – weight has just become lighter
- REALLY LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
For the most part I feel like once your belly arrives in the second trimester the changes into the third are not huge, just everything becomes a little bit harder each week. One thing I really didn’t foresee was how bad the feet (and hand) swelling would be. Last week it was a bit painful to grip the bar (because of wrist/hand swelling), but I found throwing on some wrist wraps really helped and… then there was the shoe struggle. I currently JUST fit into my shoes. Of all the obstacles while trying to keep fit during pregnancy, I never thought this would be the one that really stumped me!
Anyway, I hope this helps anyone who wants to continue crossfit throughout pregnancy. It has really helped me and if you are able to, I highly recommend it! Happy training everyone!!
Until next time day dreamers!
** Please note, I am not a trainer or doctor – this is purely my own experience with crossfit and my pregnancy. Speak with your health care professional before continuing crossfit and don’t consider crossfit if you were not training pre-pregnancy.**