The times they are a-changin’
This sentence has so many levels of relevancy, even 53 years after it was written by Bob Dylan, (who just happened to receive a Nobel Prize in literature for his great contribution to this world). We still have a long way to go regarding women’s rights, but their voices are cracking the glass ceiling bit by bit, in more areas than ever before.
Times are changing in every aspect of our lives, and it starts at the very basic, most primitive of our being as females – pregnancy.
Lots has been said and written about being active while pregnant, and the benefits it brings to both mother and child, but at the same time it also brings so many negativity and harsh discussion as to what should or shouldn’t be done, suddenly everyone is an expert on pre-natal training. Probably no other activity has drawn so many arguments than CrossFit has. With all the intense moves and heavy weights it attracts much more attention and controversy than a mellow yoga pre-natal class ever will. Commenters let their tongues fly loose and get really nasty, and the women who CrossFit while pregnant are being crucified and questioned about their ability to be reliable moms!
It’s time to set the record straight! CrossFit, like all other activities, should be approved by your doctor and yourself! That’s it! No other person in the world should have a say on your body, pregnant or not! If you haven’t done CrossFit prior to getting pregnant, than it might not be the best time to start, but if you had been doing it for a while than there should be no reason to quit doing so. It is highly important that you listen to your body, and refrain from any activity that doesn’t feel right anymore, even if you had done it easily just last week. Don’t ever feel like you need to prove yourself or compare yourself to anyone. Every woman is different and every pregnancy is different, so enjoy your journey and this special time in your life.
CrossFit strengths the body in so many ways, and can assist to withstand all the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and recuperation of the body after delivery. There are a lot of variations and scaling down for each exercise – box jumps can be modified to step-ups, push-ups can be done against a wall etc. Make sure to consult with a knowledgeable trainer on a personal level to fit your training to your needs, abilities and comfort.
In the first trimester, taking in consideration that you feel OK, most likely you won’t need to change much of your training. Look at this as a time to maintain your fitness rather than improve upon it – let your body be your guide and don’t go after any new PR’s! If you’re experiencing morning sickness, then try to schedule if possible your workouts later in the day to avoid training while nauseated. As you progress to second and third trimesters you will need to modify some movements and decrease intensity. The belly grows and your center of gravity shifts forward, leading in less balance. Again, let your body be your guide. Don’t attempt to do anything because you saw someone else doing it, if it doesn’t feel right then don’t do it. On the other hand, if something feels right for you and you’re educated about the way it affects/doesn’t affect your body then go for it – don’t let all the naysayers affect you.
No matter which activity you choose to do, being strong physically, reflects on your mental strength and makes you stronger in many aspects of your life – so be strong and keep doing what you’re doing!
Enjoy your body ♥
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