Happy Friday! This time last year I was in the second trimester of my crossfit pregnancy, watching regionals from the sidelines. The second trimester consists of weeks 13 through 27. This is when things get interesting. You start to show, you find out the sex, you can feel teeny little baby kicks that turn into massive shots to the ribs, all the fun stuff. The second trimester is also when you start to feel less like crap and more like a normal human being. If you’re fortunate, your pregnancy will go off without a hitch.
I was not so lucky. During my crossfit pregnancy, I had a few scares that had nothing to do with me doing crossfit. The first scare was at 20 weeks during my anatomy scan when they said Maddox looked smaller than normal, particularly his long bones. They would continue to monitor me and him every 4 weeks to ensure he was growing properly. My OB assured me that she thought nothing was wrong and wanted me to continue doing what felt comfortable. Crossfit was my release. It was the one hour where I didn’t feel like an incubator but just someone trying to get their sweat on.
Scare number two was a fender bender at 24 weeks. I started having contractions and was rushed to the emergency room via ambulance. After 2 bags of IV fluids and 6 hours of monitoring, I was sent home. It was the first time I had taken more than a week off. I have always been more prone to accidents outside of the gym than inside.
My next ultrasound was at week 26, when the doctors told me again, that his long bones (femur and humerus) were still measuring small and to prepare for a possible chromosomal disorder. What they didn’t take into account was that my 5’10” husband has a smaller than usual inseam. The boy, unfortunately, did not get my long legs. Poor guy. They wanted to continue monitoring him every 4-6 weeks. This was the most stressful part of my pregnancy. I don’t think I could have dealt with it if I didn’t have crossfit as my outlet. While I was disheartened that I could no longer move with the speed and intensity as pre-pregnancy, I was thankful that I could continue exercising at all.
My advice to anyone with an atypical pregnancy is to stay off google and take everything with a grain of salt. What is meant to be will be.
During my crossfit pregnancy, another very common question/comment I received was:
“Do you ever worry that you’ll hit your belly when lifting?”
NEVER. I repeat, I never worried about hitting my belly. Ever. You don’t even think about it. Because your growth is gradual, the form during your lifts is constantly changing to accommodate your size. When I got too big, towards the end of my second trimester, to reach the barbell without squishing my stomach, I started doing my movements from the hang position. Given the lower intensity, my boy was never at risk.
10 rounds of 10 hang power cleans and 10 calorie airdyne seemed like a good idea at the time. I wanted to quit at round 7. It's so damn hot and its only June 😰😝😰 It may be time to switch to morning workouts. Are ice baths frowned upon while pregnant? #birthfit #pregnantathlete #hotAsHell #imMelting #22weeks #teamCFWS #GRIDbounce
Things I stopped doing during my second trimester:
- Full squat movements because I suffered from Symphysis Pubic Disorder (SPD)
- Running because of my SPD
- Box Jumps – I subbed step ups because I’m clumsy
- Regular Pushups – I used parallettes
- Burpees – I did side burpees or used gymnastic mats as a riser
- Full lifts – I started doing mostly hang movements.
- Pistols – lol I stopped these at 14 weeks
- Rope Climbs – because there’s a baby in the way. I subbed strict pull-ups
- Strict HSPU – I was up 20lbs. There’s no way in hell!
I still did kipping pull-ups, muscle-ups and HSPU. These movements are questionable because they put stress on the midline but I felt fine doing them and have seemed to bounce back without any negative effects. Your milage may vary.
Stay tuned for part 3…..
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.