15 Dec CrossFit During Pregnancy and Trying Post-Partum CrossFit
Benefits of Exercising while Pregnant
Women who exercise during pregnancy:
- Have reduced weight gain and fat deposition during pregnancy
- Have fewer discomforts during pregnancy
- Report a more rapid physical and emotional recovery from delivery
- Tend to have easier, shorter and less complicated labors
- Have less need for pain relief during labor
- Have more stamina during labor
- Increase their aerobic capacity
- Decrease their susceptibility to illness
- Increase their energy level
Babies of exercising moms:
- Have significantly lower heart rates than babies of non-exercising moms
- Are better able to cope with the stress of birth
- Have a greater ability to adapt to life outside the uterus
- Are more healthy at birth
- Are leaner at birth and tend to stay lean as they grow
- Sleep through the night sooner
- Are better able to self-calm
- Score higher on tests of general intelligence and oral language skills
- Have decreased risks of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases later in life
Post-Partum Return to CrossFit
When you are ready to return to CrossFit Caveman after having your baby (and your doctor has cleared you for working out again) the coaches are committed to providing you one-on-one care as you transition back into your workout routine.
For many new moms (whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth) it can be frustrating and discouraging to return to a workout routine. Even while nine months pregnant (if you worked out that far into your pregnancy) you were probably able to move better and lift heavier than you can returning to the gym postpartum. Some important things to remember postpartum:
- You have been through the birthing process, for many that includes hours of labor which is VERY taxing on your body
- You have taken at least 6-8 weeks off of exercise. For any athlete that is tough to get back to, adding in labor and delivery makes it even more difficult
- You are probably sleep deprived. Keeping up with your new addition often means at least one mid-night feed (in the best case scenario) which means you are still not getting solid uninterrupted sleep overnight.
The coaches – and more importantly other moms who have been through this – are there to help you modify workouts as needed, reassess your CrossFit goals, and just to be there for you as you try to get back into your fitness routine. While there are generally no required modifications of movements for medical reasons you may find that you will need to modify movements based on your strength levels and stamina.
Did you know that four of our six female coaches (the only 4 who have been pregnant) have participated in CrossFit before, during, and after pregnancy. We are experts on how to modify the workouts for you because we have been there ourselves and understand what you are going through.