BabyFit Blog #2
Warm up 2 rounds: 20 slammer balls-10 burpees-20 bar kips-10 double unders
Skill: Rope Climbs 2 total ascents Strength: Deadlift (5-5-5-5-5) worked to 95lbs Working Set
Buy In 200 Meter Med Ball Run 10lbs
Deadlifts 75lbs-bar over burpees-ring rows
Cash Out 200 Meter Med Ball Run
Before I was pregnant I discovered a great Birth and fitness resource called BirthFit. Their basic philosophy includes 4 pillars; fitness, nutrition, chiropractic, and mindset. If you are pregnant and into crossfit or just staying fit in general I highly reccommend checking out their website, www.birthfit.com for more info on these 4 pillars and tons of motivation, education and support through blogs, podcasts, and connection with other women.
This week I listened to their very first podcast (they have a handful available now) and you can download them for free! The guest speaker for this podcast was a chiropractor as well as a mom of 4 boys. She spoke a lot about how her births differed and how she incorporated the 4 pillars. One of the last questions they asked her was, “If she could do research on anything next, what would it be?” She wanted to research the long-term effects on babies of mothers who consistently workout during their pregnancy. She mentioned we already know when you workout you increase bloodflow to the fetus and that has developmental benefits when they are in the womb and that there has to also be long term benefits on the baby as well.
I found this super interesting and it really got my brain buzzing.
This idea ties perfectly into another article I read this week posted by CrossFit. A study done on mice, which simply found that mice birthed from mothers who were active during their pregnancies evolved to be mice that loved to be active as adults, while the babies with stagnant moms grew into adults with less motivation toward exercise. Link to article (http://mobile.nytimes.com/
These two interactions left me feeling reassured that staying active during my pregnancy is one of the best things I can do for my growing baby. It also helps to motivate me on the challenging days when I may not be feeling 100%. I am staying focused but also giving myself a little break…It’s not the end of the world if I don’t work out everyday!
This last week in Truckee the weather was super nice and I was motivated to take advantage on my work breaks to go outside and get moving. Even if it is for only 5-10 minutes. Focusing on lunges and squats this week left my booty feeling alive!
My main challenge this week has been a constant stuffy nose and ear irritation. Some weeks it doesn’t bother me too much and some it feels like I have a head cold, which is super frustrating because I don’t! After seeing my doctor about a month ago I learned that it actually something that almost a third of pregnant women deal with and it has a name, rhinitis of pregnancy. Basically because of the higher levels of estrogen in my body and increased blood flow my mucus membranes become swollen and produce more mucus. YAY! Because I’m pregnant taking a decongestant is not a good idea. The best remedies are drinking lots of water, using a neti pot, and warm showers. I’ve been doing all of these remedies for a while now, but I still struggle with it and may my entire pregnancy. But hey, the end product is worth it, right?!
This Sunday’s Crossfit class was fun! My favorite part was the rope climbs. This was the first time doing them while pregnant and to a whopping 18ft! I felt confident in my ability and strength. It left me feeling empowered and happy. The only modification I made during the WOD was instead of bar over burpees I did sprawls which did not irritate my belly.
Already looking forward to next Sunday in the gym!
Thanks for tuning in this week to my baby-fit journey.