Read part 1 of Lydia’s journey at this link: http://crossfitcomo.com/crossfitting-while-pregnant-part-1-by-lydia-hunt/

 

With the help of my loved ones, my CrossFit COMO family and approval from my doctor, I successfully continued modified CrossFit workouts until 37 weeks pregnant, but it was not easy.

I’ll never forget that last workout (I did not know it was the last at the time). I walked into the gym, saw the prior class wasted in a pool of their own sweat by the row machines, I thought, ‘I can’t possibly do this, it was hard enough walking through those doors’. I did it, despite my fears. I finished last, but felt like a champion due to all of the encouragement around me.

  • Walking through the doors of CrossFit COMO 2-3 times a week was pretty fantastic. I always walked out feeling strong and alive.
  • I Rx’d 16.4 from the Open at 25 weeks pregnant. Although I did not compete in the open I attempted it. I completed 55 x 155 lb. dead lifts and 45 wall balls. This was a huge success for me as Open workouts are slightly terrifying without being pregnant.
  • The highlight of the whole pregnancy was when my head trainer took it upon himself to strap a 14 lb. wall ball to his belly and do a WOD with me in order to understand a little of what I and all the other pregnant ladies go through. Talk about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes {. I have also never laughed so hard in my entire life as a few minutes into warming up he says “I think I’m going to pass out” – I know the feeling.

How I continued CrossFit Workouts through Pregnancy:

First and foremost I could not have done this without my husband. He was my biggest cheerleader and the one who held things together so I could continue to work out. I also could not have done it without my CrossFit COMO Family. Some days, I’d question my ability to walk through the door and they literally had to carry me mentally through a workout.

In addition, here are a few more movements modified in later pregnancy, on top of continuing the modifications from early pregnancy (PART 1)

  • Burpees – (29 weeks) Half Burpees – down into plank and step back up, no jump.
  • Jump Rope – (30 weeks) Knees to elbow – all jumping was off the table as they started causing Braxton Hicks contractions.
  • Running/Walking – (35 weeks) Any bouncing movements was causing contractions so any Running was replaced with Assault Bike or Rowing.
  • Push-ups- (35 weeks) Banded pushups – hooked band to rig/step out and push.

My motto was “show up, modify and keep moving”. It was not easy, but it was worth it.  There were days I wanted to throw in the towel, but I kept moving forward. Mostly, I did everything slow and steady. I tried not to worry myself with weight or speed. I just moved forward and did what I could. Getting passed my competitive side was hard, but once I did this I was able to continue to be successful in my workouts.

The Results

This pregnancy, compared to my first couch potato pregnancy, was amazing. I had energy every day. I rarely felt the need to take naps. I was happier, healthier and stronger.

Sadly, I did not get to work out on my due date like I had hoped. I was benched 3 weeks before my due date because of high blood pressure & a baby measuring over 9 ½  pounds. A week later, I was scheduled for an induction. After many heroic hours of labor, my doctor decided c-section was the safest route to getting baby here. Not my first choice, but happy to have a knowledgeable doctor who kept both me and my baby safe.

And so… on June 14, 2016, I gave birth to a beautiful girl: Eliza Antova Hunt and she was a healthy and strong 9 lb. 11.2 oz.
Tune in next time to hear how Postpartum c-section after CrossFitting while pregnant has turned out.

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