|Power snatch + Overhead Squats at 31 weeks|
Working out in the third trimester felt great! My energy level and stamina remained good and I enjoyed continuing to sweat and exercise. The other huge benefit for me in third trimester was
I really didn't experience much swelling during my pregnancy. However, I flew to Florida at 36 weeks and my ankles, feet, and hands got swollen. After spending two days guzzling water and elevating my feet, I had enough. I went to the hotel gym with my jump rope in hand. After assessing the equipment, I decided on a workout with some dumbbell hang power cleans + push presses and Double Unders. Thirty minutes later, the swelling in my extremities was noticeably improved. Since that dramatic experience, I've noticed that if I have two rest days in a row, I'll have a little more fluid retention in my hands and feet...nothing that's a big deal...but it's easily remedied once I'm back at the gym.
|We worked out at Bahia Crossfit during our Christmas babymoon to Puerto Vallarta (31 weeks pregnant)|
Despite feeling great during my third trimester, my changing body required more modifications. Here's the quick list of the changes I made.
Stopped or Modified:
Pull-ups: at 33 weeks, I started using a band for high-volume pull-ups in a WOD. Apparently gaining 30ish pounds finally caught up with me!
Toes to Bar: at some point (cannot remember exactly), my belly started getting in the way of the full range of motion, and I began kicking straight out as a modification.
Box Jumps: at week 35 I began modifying to step-ups. I will still do box jumps as part of a warm-up, but it's too physically taxing to do them in the WOD itself.
Burpees: at 32 weeks I stopped going down all the way to the floor and starting just stepping back into a straight arm plank, then jumping up and clapping.
Olympic lifting at 39 weeks (the weight is about 75% of my 1rep max)
More olympic lifting (39 weeks pregnant)
|On my due date! 40 weeks pregnant...getting ready to do an Endurance WOD of running, rowing, double unders, and ring rows...trying to coax the baby out of me!|
Without a doubt, everyone's journey with pregnancy and fitness is different! Thank you for reading mine and I hope it helps inspire you to keep moving as much as possible while pregnant. For me, Crossfit has been the greatest gift over the past 40 weeks and I believe it's a big reason that my pregnancy has been so healthy and enjoyable.