As a mother of three children (and expecting),I highly encourage women to give serious thought to exercising and nutrition before, during and after pregnancy. Believe it or not flexibility and strength play a big roll in everyday activities especially while carrying the baby during the 9 months of growth and birthing.
Many women who don’t eat right and don’t exercise regularly seem to have 3 or more of what I call “pregnancy symptoms”. Chronic back pain, constipation and tiredness were some of the major problems I experienced most during my first pregnancy.
Thanks to my introduction to Crossfit after my first pregnancy I radically changed my diet and my understanding of body mechanics. When I became pregnant with my second daughter I had been eating right and working out for almost a year. This head start totally changed the experience of pregnancy for me. By the second trimester I was able to dead lift, squat, row, run and do most of the exercises non-pregnant women performed with only small tweaks accorded to my pregnancy. Constipation? gone!, energy? in spades!,. I had enough energy to take care of my oldest and go to Crossfit twice a week. On July 23 of 2009 I was right at my due date, and was already dilated but was just not ready to birth so I decided to attend the 5pm class . I went into labor a couple hours after I got home and ended up having my second daughter at 9:30 pm that evening after less than 10 minutes of pushing in a full squat position (having the strength and hip mobility to use this birthing stance was a really great experience).
The midwives said I had had a text book perfect birth! no complications, no tearing and one of the fastest active labors they had seen. For me, the birthing was a lot easier and recovery was 10 times faster. I left the next morning, tired but with out the same lasting pain that had accompanied my ride home (3 days after) my first child was born.
In 2010 I became pregnant for the third time and gave birth on October 7th, 14 hours after completing a Crossfit workout once again and this time with better results than my second.
I currently run a blog about nutrition and health, helping families and mother’s to achieve an overall better lifestyle. I am proud to say I am pregnant with our 4th Crossfit baby, keeping a size 4 and feeling terrific,.Thank you to all the trainers for the 4th year in a row of professional support. If you’re an active women and pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, Crossfit Seattle is an excellent choice to maintain or improve your athletic skills regardless of your age, experience or…KettelBabe.