This is the second part of my pregnancy journey with CrossFit. Explaining the physical and emotional Roller-coaster I experienced during my second pregnancy.
It’s funny how as soon as it’s known that you are growing a tiny human, people assume you are frail. After we got past the “safe zone” of 13 weeks we decided to share our news. First call was our family, closely followed by our CrossFit family. One of the first questions people asked was “Are you going to keep going to CrossFit?” My response was why wouldn’t I? It’s just like riding horses while pregnant. If you were doing it before you can continue during. It’s not like I was just starting out, I was consistently training 4-5 times a week for the past 18 months. I knew my limitations and was under supervision.
I came across a situation at work where I was carrying bulk coin from one room to another. My colleagues started fussing about me not lifting weight. I had explained to them that I did weight lifting as a sport and if that didn’t count, I carried my 5 year old daughter weighed a lot more than a bag of coin. I know they meant well but I don’t like being fussed over.
My training continued 4-5 times a week and now I didn’t feel so silly modifying my WOD’s. I was now unable to do sit ups due to the pressure they put on the umbilical cord so we started introducing other movements that was the same motion but baby safe. My lifting was not effected so far. I managed a 5 rep back squat at 70kgs an started improving on my overhead lifts during this period. By around 20 weeks my bump was becoming uncomfortable while running. This meant I was then substituting rowing for running. If there was one thing I disliked more than running, it was rowing. My time on the rower helped me built more strength and was still able to keep my cardio going.
Towards the end of my second trimester I started feeling a pull in my lower abdomen when in a hang position, like pull ups. I didn’t want to injure myself and tear my abdomen muscle apart, as this would have serious consequences in the future. So at this point I started reusing resistance bands again while doing pull ups. Let’s be honest by this stage I had already put on 10kg (damn Kit Kats), that’s a lot of extra weight to try and get over the bar.
My competitiveness was under the spotlight again. I seen my peers making gains and I was at a stalemate. I required a bit of reminding that I was growing a human and not to be so hard on myself. Easier said than done most of the time. I was trying to focus on other elements of my training like technique and overhead work so that when I was back at full capacity my gains would come.
Again, a lot of work and encouragement came not only from my coaches but also my friends. I knew I was doing the right thing by continuing my training and that my children would be proud of me, I Also wanted to show other women that pregnancy doesn’t mean the end of working out.
Stay tuned for my next installment.