Recently, there was an article written by ABC news regarding the controversy surrounding a pregnant woman posting a picture of her lifting weights (Read full article here). Many commenters stated she was being selfish and hurting her baby. Some went even so far as to say she could lose her baby by continuing to workout this way! It seemed many people thought this woman was selfish and sacrificing the health of her baby to stay fit.
I’m going to share something with all of you-I cross fitted throughout my entire pregnancy with as minimal scaling as I could do. And something else-I got pregnant a MONTH into Crossfit. I only Crossfitted for a month prior to even GETTING pregnant. Granted, I was already used to high intensity exercise, but still.
I always listened to my body. I took things slow, and never did weights that I couldn’t handle. I watched for overheating, stayed hydrated, and took rest days as needed. But I continued to lift and do what I could as long as I could do it. My last workout pregnant, at 40 weeks pregnant and 4 days, was a combination of 135# deadlifts and burpees, which I did on parallette bars. I eventually went into labor 5 days later, and had my baby at 41 weeks and 2 days. I never suffered from any complications during labor, my weight gain was all baby and muscle due to doing body weight stuff pregnant, I ate healthy and my recovery was phenomenal. I had a 26 hour labor followed by an emergency c-section (my daughters head got stuck since she was facing the wrong way)-I had the worst of both worlds. But i healed and recovered incredibly fast.
by 4 days post partum i went up and down stairs. By 2 weeks I could walk 4-5 miles and weaned off the strong painkillers. By 3 weeks i was lifting her carseat, walking to the store, and completely off all pain medication. By 4 weeks I ran 2 miles and did some body weight workouts, and by 6 weeks I was back to the gym.
The article makes a great point about how it’s socially acceptable to eat crap, and feed your baby a ton of sugar, salt, and saturated fat (indirectly)- but show a woman lifting moderate weights, and people act like she’s hurting her baby. She’s not only obviously strong enough, but does so under coaching and guidance, yet she’s under fire. Other lifestyle choices such as poor diet, lack of hydration, and sedentary lifestyle have a higher risk of the mother developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and excessive weight gain for both mother and fetus. I think there needs to be more literature and information for mothers on the benefits of staying active and healthy, and how to do so properly. There ARE guidelines, but they don’t result in bed rest.
Anyways, off my soapbox.
5×2 Front squats with 3 second pause at bottom of squat
1RM 3 pos clean then a jerk
5×5 Pendlay row-heaviest set possible
For the front squats I got to about #120. Which is good, seeing as my previously recorded 1RM is
#125 (EDIT-we just retested today and after 2 days of squatting I still hit #135, but my legs were shot. so fresh, i’m probably at 140-145). That pause takes a lot out of you!
The 3 position clean is really 3 cleans. The first position is the high hang (which starts above mid thigh), the second is right below the knee, and the last is the ground. These were full cleans, so we had to land in the bottom of our squat. After the 3rd position, we did a jerk. I only got to #105 before I started to run out of time-probabley could have hit 110 or 115. For the rows I did 85-90-95-95-100
Hatch Squat Cycle Day #2
Back Squat-1×10 1x 8 1×8 1×8
Front Squat 1×5 1×5 1×5 1×5
I think my back squat weights were 90, 100, 105, 115 and my Front squat weights were 75, 80, 85 85.
also, look at my weights. Anyone who Crossfits knows how empowering it is that our 10 LB weights are the sizes of normal 35 lb plates.
Sad. Just sad.
3 mile run
not timed, just because it was pretty
I probably logged 4 hours this weekend of walking with my husband and the little one. It’s so nice now that it’s cooling down.
Well, I had this probably 3 times this weekend
Progenex Dutch Chocolate and Berries. I should probably spend less on protein and more on actually building muscle.
And this sandwich at least twice (cheddar cheese, roast chicken, random Fiber bread from Trader Joes and mayo sandwich with root chips)
Saturday night was burgers and chips (basically the above, with a burger instead of chicken)
Sunday night was bacon and sweet potato fritters and garlic mustard drumsticks ( Recipe from Tina at Carrots n’ Cake) The drumsticks are so so easy and TASTY. The bacon and sweet potato fritters are basically just mashed sweet potatoes and bacon, mushed together and put on the extra bacon fat to fry. I put them in the oven for the last 10 minutes of the drumsticks, and that seemed to help them stay a little firmer.
There was also chocolate, coffee and random bars of some sort of easy delicious ess consumed.
Exciting things on the home front. it’s officially Fall, which means pumpkins and cooler weather.
Yes. Die with cuteness overload.
It also means time to bust out new baby wardrobe, which is great since her long sleeves have never seen the light of day. It also means hoodie weather and football! Go Broncos
Oh, and this new thing has developed.
This is her basically saying “F-You” to the pediatrician who said most babies don’t crawl until 9 months. Yeah, right. Thank for the false hope
We’re mobile and we mean business. Time to baby proof, 4realz. Except she doesn’t really seem interested in exploring her environment, just getting her toys. and mommy. always mommy.
What are your thoughts on pregnant women and exercise? What do you think is “too much” ?