Happy Fitness Friday! Welcome to the Third Trimester. This consists of weeks 28-40, if you’re lucky. 41-42 if you’re unlucky. As I mentioned in my previous post, baby boy was being monitored for his long bone growth all throughout my pregnancy. I had 2 more ultrasounds during my third trimester and at my final one, they apologized for scaring me and gave my boy the “A Ok.” I wasn’t sure if I wanted to punch someone for making my life hell for 16 weeks or hug someone because they told me something I already knew. He was perfect in every way.
I refrained from exercise during weeks 32 to 37 because my ultrasounds weren’t measuring to their standards and I was having a hard time gaining weight. Go figure. If I look at a dessert right now, I’ll gain 3 pounds. It was also the end of the summer and ridiculously hot. I could usually be found floating in a body of water somewhere. My family did a very good job at keeping me busy and feeding me lots of amazing food.
At my 38 week checkup, my OB gave me the go ahead to exercise. My final workout was in my garage and consisted of wallball shots and assault bike sprints. I have a secret love affair with my assault bike. I went into labor 5 days later after a hayride. You can check out Maddox’s whirlwind of a birth story here. This little boy can’t make anything easy.
Again, my advice to anyone with an atypical pregnancy is to stay off google and don’t compare your pregnancy or recovery to anyone else. Our stories are all different. I was so worried about what could have been that I didn’t enjoy the end of my pregnancy. The third trimester is hard enough.
Another common preggo question:
“Can I do squats while pregnant?”
During pregnancy, your body releases a hormone called relaxin. This is what helps your pelvis and ligaments relax and expand to accommodate a baby. This hormone also makes it uncomfortable for some women to squat below parallel. I was one of those women. I never went past parallel once I hit 20 weeks but its not because I wasn’t trying. It was because it truly hurt when I did. So yes, you can squat while pregnant but don’t push your body past where its comfortable. Your below parallel squat will be there once the baby is born. Stick to power movements mamas!
A huge shoutout to @crossfitblur for always being so welcoming every time we're in town. It was nice to throw some weight around with the AC on 😊 Working with 65 and 75% of my 1RM for a 10 min EMOM. I love that my obstetrician FULLY SUPPORTS my working out. "As long as you're comfortable, keeping doing what you're used to." Moving weight has always been one of my strengths. Baby boy is perfect so I think I'm good. If you have nothing nice to say, STFU. There's too many pregnant women sitting on their asses doing nothing because they've been conditioned to think that they have to. I refuse to be sedentary. The countdown is on little man! #fitpregnancy #birthfit #liftlikeamother #fiternitybaby #crossfitmom #babybelly #thirdtrimester #29weeks #latergram #crossfitblur #obapproved
Last week I described the things I stopped doing during my second trimester here. This week, I’m going to describe a few of the things I could still do because that list is so much smaller!
- Sled pushes and drags
- Rowing and the assault bike
- Parallette Push Ups and burpees
- All barbell work. Single movements only. No more complexes because I didn’t trust myself and the risk outweighs the reward.
- Ring rows
- Dumbell Snatch
- Jumping rope
I continued doing muscle ups for no other reason than I really love muscle ups and wanted to maintain them for as long as possible. I wouldn’t recommend them though. Do as I say, not as I do! 🙂
Stay tuned for a run down on my postpartum recover next week! If you have any other questions, drop a line in the comments. I’m an open book!
Disclaimer: This is not to be taken as medical advice. Please seek the approval of your OB or primary care physician before beginning a new workout regimen.