I’m noticing a trend. There are so many newly expectant and postpartum moms following along and I LOVE IT because that means there is a bunch of squishy new babies being or about to be born. And who doesn’t love babies??? Not loving babies is like not loving puppies and everyone loves puppies! But with all these babies come lots of questions so I thought I’d address the ones I’m seeing the most.
And keep ’em coming mamas. I love your questions.
Are you nursing? If so, has your supply been affected?
Yes, I am nursing and plan to until baby boy is 2. My supply was affected when I started dieting too hard. Once I added back in some calories, my supply was fine. Just make sure you drink plenty of water and when you think you’ve had enough, drink more. I can definitely tell when I’ve been slacking on my water intake so I grab 3 big bottles and carry them around with me.
Do you follow a specific training program?
No, I don’t. The only program I follow specifically is the 12 week program to rebuild my core. Even at 9 months postpartum, I still take workouts from there. I pick a lot of my day-to-day WoDs from my brain because I really don’t have a desire to lift super heavy right now. I’ve been combining a lot of bodyweight movements with skill and/or aerobic movements. For example, my workout on Monday was:
Calories on the Assault Bike
Wallball to a 10′ target
Calories on the Rower
If I’m feeling a little ka-razy, I’ll take a WoD from Crossfit Linchpin, Crossfit West Springfield or Comptrain. But for the most part, I’ve been doing my own programing and have been posting them every Friday.
Do you follow a specific diet?
I followed RP starting at 15 days postpartum because I wanted to be ready for my team and the open. If it weren’t for this reason, I would have waited until 6 weeks to start dieting. If you’re a first time mom who’s goal is to breastfeed, please give your supply time to get established before you throw a diet into the mix. Now, I’m focusing on quality paleo food with treats thrown in pretty much whenever I want. I’m eating for aesthetics, not performance. So basically, I do what I want.
I’m newly pregnant. What do I do for crossfit training?
Look here. No more maxes and chill the hell out. You’re growing a human. That shit is hard. Don’t worry about dieting and get out of the “training” mind frame. You’re no longer training. For the next 9-10 months, it’s just exercise and that’s ok. I promise.
How do you safely return to crossfit after the birth of your baby?
Take. It. Easy. I repeat, you just grew and human. Giving birth via c-section or naturally is the hardest thing a woman will ever do. And if you had a c-seciton, doctors cut through multiple layers to pull your precious baby out. Think about the gravity of this before you try to rush back into crossfit. You have one chance to heal correctly so do not take it lightly. Everyone’s postpartum journey is different so you cannot compare yourselves to what you see on social media. Start with some light walking and go from there. If you’re exhausted, sleep is more important than exercise.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Please seek the approval of your OB or primary care before you start a workout regimen.