Lifting for Two
When you get pregnant, people seem to come out of the woodwork with advice, sometimes more ridiculous than would seem possible. Navigating the constant stream of seemingly good intentioned information can be daunting. But we’re here to give you some advice as well..... don’t give up your fitness journey just because you’re pregnant.
I want to preface this blog with this; we aren’t your doctor or midwife. While most pregnant woman can continue to workout their entire pregnancy, if you’re determined to be high risk, listen to your medical professional.
All that being said, I’m sure along with the hundreds of bits of advice you’ve heard, you’ve been told repeatedly to “take it easy”, & “it’s okay, you’re eating for two”. You may have even been told not to lift anything above 10 pounds, which can be comical if you have a 30+ pound toddler at home already. We just want to say, while an extra cupcake when you’re feeling the need is totally cool, don’t use this 9 months to completely give up on any fitness goals you had. Labor and delivery may be one of the most strenuous things you ever physically go through, wouldn’t you like to go in prepared?
CrossFit is known for the ability to scale workouts. Do we expect you to be running 2+ miles and getting hundreds of pull-ups in the day you’re due? No. But that’s the beauty of this programming. If something is getting uncomfortable; we can scale it. Do you still need to be working out 6 days a week? Probably not, but keeping active is only going to help you in the long run.
Women have been sold this narrative that makes them think they need to “bounce back” to their pre-pregnancy body as soon as the baby is delivered. We don’t want you to take that away as our reason for writing this article. Your body needs time to recover and to regain strength, no matter how much you worked out during pregnancy. We aren’t worried about the aesthetic side, but the functional one; you’ll have an easier recovery if you’ve stayed active. Being a mom is hard work, not just emotionally, but physically. We are here to help you with that journey.
We’ve coached multiple mothers throughout their pregnancies, and all of them have had healthy deliveries and babies. While you don’t need to be deadlifting a PR every week while pregnant, lifting heavy weights and doing cardio is perfectly safe. Let’s us help you during this time of change and growth. We want you to be at your absolute best, no matter what path you’re on.