Compare training during pregnancy to how you trained previously.
Well let me just tell you that trainging during preg was a challenge for me prior to becoming pregnant. I was RX’ing most of my WOD’s and going “all out”, so it was tuff for me to take a “step back”, but being able to accept in my head that I COULD still CF during pregnancy helped me more than I could have ever imagined. I kept telling myself, its only for 9 months and plus its about him right now, and I know I am giving him the BEST possible start. So yes it was quite different on “level” of what I could and couldn’t do, but not in my heart and head knowing I felt GREAT, and so did he!!
As someone with training CrossFit during pregnancy fresh in your mind, what advice would you give to other owmen training throughout their pregnancy?
I would tell them NOT to stop. Don’t be afraid that you will “hurt” your baby, by doing CF. It not only helped me feel great and stay energized, but I have been having such an amazing recovery time. I would tell them to seek the advice from there Dr’s first, but that if they give you the “go ahead” , keep at it, just don’t be silly about it, take things slow, and not go crazy on trying to go “all out”. You showed up and your not on your couch…..so just complete it no matter how long it takes ya!
What did your diet look like during your pregnancy? Were you more ‘strict’ during those 9 months or was it more difficult to eat clean during pregnancy?
I knew the more crud I ate, the bigger I would get and the not so great start (my new son) would get. I refused to get over 170, and I DIDN’T! You can bet I ate pretty darn good for being pregnant, but I sure as heck gave into my cravings 😉 I was always careful not to over do it and made sure I always kept him in mind when sticking anything in my mouth!
Did you utilize anyone for body work and/or alternative therapies during pregnancy (chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc.)?
I actually went to a massage therapist weekly the last 10 weeks or so just because my upper back was bothering me. I did have weak vertebra before I got pregnant so lifting weights always helped with this problem. Going to her (massage therapist) REALLY helped out!
What was your favorite workout during pregnancy?
I really didn’t have a favorite. I was just soooo pumped up that I could still WOD. I LOVED being able to still do my pullups (RX’d) at 9 months pregnant!
Much of training CrossFit involves a lifestyle both in and out of the gym. How much would you say a lifestyle that supports vigorous exercise, strong community ties, and a priority in nutrition played a role in the success of your pregnancy?
Congratulations Meg on the birth of your son!