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Pregnant Crossfitters

Anyone Crossfitting while pregnant!? :)

Wanted to see if there were any fellow strong mama's to be in the Crossfit community.

Re: Pregnant Crossfitters

  • crossfitkiwicrossfitkiwi member
    edited February 2014
    Sure am! I've had to scale back pretty significantly in the past week though as I discovered I've got a pretty big diastasis recti and don't want to make it worse.

    A bit bummed out about that, but my coach is giving me 'prego wods' and I'm still crossfitting about 4 times a week. Wall balls today, whoop!

    How far along are you?

    A couple of other threads too:
    https://forums.thebump.com/discussion/12248243/any-pregnant-mamas-lift
    https://forums.thebump.com/discussion/12158293/crossfit-rowing-did-i-overdo-it
    https://forums.thebump.com/discussion/12253961/diastasis-recti
  • Oh no! :( so sorry to hear about that!

    I will be 7 weeks on Monday. I've been cutting back on my WOD's as I am a little freaked out about miscarriages. Prior to pregnancy I was 3-4 days a week eating a strict Paleo diet.

    How are your coaches? Are they completely helpful when you ask questions or do you feel like you are having to do more the research yourself?


    Sure am! I've had to scale back pretty significantly in the past week though as I discovered I've got a pretty big diastasis recti and don't want to make it worse.

    A bit bummed out about that, but my coach is giving me 'prego wods' and I'm still crossfitting about 4 times a week. Wall balls today, whoop!

    How far along are you?

    A couple of other threads too:
    https://forums.thebump.com/discussion/12248243/any-pregnant-mamas-lift
    https://forums.thebump.com/discussion/12158293/crossfit-rowing-did-i-overdo-it
    https://forums.thebump.com/discussion/12253961/diastasis-recti

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  • crossfitkiwicrossfitkiwi member
    edited February 2014
    My coaches are great but not super knowledgeable about crossfit and pregnancy so I have done a lot of my own research. https://www.crossfitmom.com is a great starting point.

    I also used this blog as a resource: https://hestolemyheartsoistolehislastname.blogspot.com/p/crossfit-while-pregnant.html she kept doing russian twists and planks much further into her pregnancy, and I think those are possibly the movements that have got me into my current situation. Everyone is different though.

    The main thing is to just to be aware of your body and keep an eye on your abs for any separation. If it does start to happen you can catch it early and stop the core exercises. I was definitely pretty bummed to find out mine had torn as I thought I was being careful. But I've worked with my physical therapist over the past week to come up with  list of safe exercises that will protect my core and I'm just happy to be working out still :)

    I was probably about 80% paleo before getting KU but I've definitely had a few more things creep back into my diet. But I try to be choosey: sourdough, white rice and gluten free oatmeal are the main things I've added and it definitely helps with my energy levels.
    nikkiemyall
  • I did throughout pregnancy up until 41 weeks. I read the crossfitmom site scaling advice per trimester very carefully, cut back lifting only 25-35% through second tri, then more in third, but I did literally everything until it didn't feel right. Ran until about 35 weeks, kb swings/kb snatches all the way through, toes to bar till around 25-30 weeks, pull-ups till about 33 or so..... It all depends on how you feel. Keep showing up through!!!! Keep it up.
    sushiq83
  • Right now I am doing things RX but I just try to listen to my body. I have mainly noticed energy levels and running out of breath easier. My husband and I haven't told anyone that we are preggers yet so I haven't talked to my coach yet. I think the main thing right now for me is to not try to max out on weights. I do olympic lifting 2 days a week and I don't want to go for a PR. It might be okay but I feel nervous about the strain since I am still in first tri. I also get nervous every time I put a weight belt on. Anyone here have experience with that? I also need to figure out where I an cut back. While I do my gyms programming about 3 days a week, I also do olympic lifting twice a week and invictus usually 1-2 times a week. I eat mostly paleo and am hoping to continue that throughout the pregnancy but have noticed myself craving carbs more…rice cakes mainly LOL. 

    Glad there are others on this site that can share their experiences!!
  • Ya so far paleo has been doable. I will say, I typed that yesterday and then got together with friends and ate some non-paleo treats..OOPS. I will try to do 80/20 but who knows how long it will last LOL.  Ya, I think 2nd Tri is when I will really start looking at scaling back weights and modifying what doesn't feel comfortable. Definitely don't want to hurt the little munchkin!! :)
    [Deleted User]
  • I'm so happy this post exists!  I've been doing xfit for only about 6months and love it, but was nervous about being able to continue now that I just found out I'm pregnant... all of these responses are insightful- thank you!
  • You guys are so lucky to be able to keep up with Paleo! Meat and veggies do not sound good to me at all! Prior to pregnancy I cut out dairy since I was strict Paleo... now I'm eating dairy (milk for cereal, and yogurt) like it's going out of style!

    I did check out Crossfit Mom's website and WOW! I'm super excited that she has scaled movements that still work those same areas you would be working.

    I'm only 7 weeks pregnant now, but I feel like when I do pushups, OHS, T2B.. Pretty much anything that uses core work my stomach feels weird. I've been Crossfitting for a year so I should be fine and shouldn't have to scale anything, but I have been since I don't want to take any chances. Anyone else who's early on in the same boat?
  • Im still doing crossfit! Im scaling back on weights now that Im mid 2nd trimester. My doctor and coaches are very supportive of me doing it as long as Im comfortable. Its hard to stick with it on days that I feel like I have no energy but I always feel so much better and so glad that I went to a wod. Still aiming for 5x a week. Some weeks I got five some times I only make it two or three wods. Just listen to your body and remember that you are going to keep the muscle and strength that you already have. Its about maintaining and not about pr's and max weights.
    This is my fouth pregnancy but my first doing crossfit thoughout. I sleep better, I have less aches and pains and its made it easier to keep a healthy diet. Although Im only about 50/50 paleo, Im keeping processed foods to a minimum and eating balanced protien rich meals.
    Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
  • Hi All-

    Today I had my first u/s and the dr I met with to confirm was a few weeks off. I am 6 1/2 weeks right now not 9. The place I go to had us go to this Q&A for new expecting parents and one of the things they said was not to let your heartbeat get above 150. I just looked at my husband and laughed. My own personal dr knows I crossfit and is support and just told me to listen to my body. I do feel tired a lot but I think it is partly due to limiting my caffeine!! But I will say, tonight our gym did Fran and that was DEFINITELY above 150 for my heartbeat..It felt really good though!
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