A couple weeks ago I posted some videos of myself doing some olympic lifts at my Crossfit gym on my social media. Most of the feedback was positive and encouraging while others expressed their concern for my health and for the safety of my baby. I'm writing today in response to those loved ones who have expressed those concerns.
First off, I really do appreciate that you are concerned for me and my baby. I know that it's coming from a place of love and from people who legitimately care. Times have changed and new research has debunked the old thinking that staying active during pregnancy is bad for you. Even the familiar guidelines about keeping your heart rate under 140 bpm have been disproven. I have a degree in exercise physiology so I have had the opportunity to study the latest research in my field. Staying active during pregnancy is encouraged. Whatever you were doing before you got pregnant, you can continue to do throughout your pregnancy. It's not like I decided to start Crossfit after I got pregnant. I was going consistently for a year before we conceived. (I actually credit part of my fertility to Crossfit because it helped me lose weight and drop off excess body fat in a healthy and timely manner)
Third, all my workouts are under the supervision of trained and certified Crossfit coaches whom I trust 100%. They help me modify weights and movements so I can still complete workouts safely. They make sure I am totally comfortable with what I am doing and also trust me when I say I need to slow down or cut back. Which leads me to my last point.
I am not stupid. I listen to my body. I am not killing my baby by doing Crossfit. After losing a baby earlier this year, I am actually more in-tune and conscious about what I am doing more than ever before. I've cut back the intensity and the amount of times I workout per week. Sometimes, I go really slow and I'm the last to finish. I never push myself more than I know I can handle. If it's too intense, I scale back. That is what is so awesome about Crossfit. Any movement and workout can be modified to fit your fitness level.
I am so thankful for a healthy and strong body. I'm excited to continue to maintain my fitness through this pregnancy. It the first time I haven't been in school or working full time while I've been pregnant and it feels nice to dedicate my time to being healthy.
If you're still concerned after readying this, keep it to yourself and trust that I know what I'm doing.
Below is an AWESOME video from Crossfit headquarters about doing Crossfit while pregnant.