The current topic or joke at our gym is there must be something in the water or dont drink the water, because you may magically become pregnant. We are blessed to have 5 beautiful ladies, currently with a baby on board, at our gym. These 5 ladies show up every day and work very hard! Safe to say their hard work is showing. With being pregnant, things are a little different and from what we have collected over the years, there is not one way to go about exercising while pregnant. In fact, almost every doctor will tell you something different depending on who you see. The point of this post is not to tell you the cold hard facts of how to go about this. This post is 5 points of view and what these ladies are currently doing to stay active and what they needed to change in order to stay active safely. Keep in mind, all 5 of these ladies were doing CrossFit before they got pregnant, so most changes were scales or substitutes for certain movements. Read below to find out what these ladies have to say.
Melissa Corcoran – 16 weeks
Nichole Litzinger – 23 weeks
Dani Larkin – 33 Weeks
1) Is this your first pregnancy? No this is my third. But first unplanned 🤗
Amanda Pasterick – 23 Weeks
This is my second pregnancy- my son is almost 12 months old and I am 23 weeks pregnant.
I was able to exercise up until the day before I had my son- modified of course & at a lower intensity than usual.
Yes of course, your body is going through so many changes- even day to day. Most are still able to exercise while pregnant, but with a different end goal. You aren’t working out to necessarily get better and break personal records, you’re preparing your body for the marathon of child birth so to speak & aiding in your recovery after giving birth.
5) (if applicable) Does exercise help the pregnancy?
I believe exercise absolutely helps with pregnancy for so many reasons:
- 1) Exercise helps improve posture & alignment to minimize pregnancy aches and pains while also increasing your chances of carrying your baby in a good position.
- 2) Exercise helps you gain strength and lean mass (specifically in the glutes, hamstrings, anterior core, and upper back) to help take some of the load off your joints, tendons, and ligaments as your belly grows.
- 3) Exercise helps prepare the core and pelvic floor to maintain strength, integrity, and a balanced tone throughout pregnancy.
- 4) Exercise develops a solid aerobic base and help manage stress levels through low and moderate intensity cardio.
Angela Onda -22 Weeks