Pregnancy: Week 14

We announced the pregnancy news on social media this week. You can read that here.

The bump: 14 weeks

The bump: 14 weeks

Working feel time, while personally satisfying, is requiring a new whole juggling act. Taking some time to work the kinks.

Week Fourteen WODS

Oct. 28 LOVING the fall weather!: Run 3.05 miles with the pooch (168 max heart rate)

Oct. 30 warm up

Strength/skill: Tabata – very happy I was able to maintain consistent reps for the first and third exercises

  • KBS (25#) – 88 total
  • Bar hangs – made it 5 or 8 straight
  • Air squats – 96 total

Metcon: Another workout that was difficult to maintain a reasonable heart rate. Had to take a number of breaks. Basically it was FRAN with running:

  • 21 thrusters (95/65) I did 45#, 21 pull ups; I used green band, 400m run
  • 15 thrusters, 15 pull ups, 400m run
  • 9 thrusters, 9 pull ups, 400m run
  • Total time: 20:30

Nov. 1 warm up 500m row

Strength/skill: weighted ring rows 10-10-6-6-4-4 I stuck to my body weight. That was challenging enough!

Metcon:

a. 3 rounds – 100 single jump ropes, 30 walking lunges, 15 sit ups – 9:21

b. 3 rounds – burpee to ground overhead (45/25); I just did the weight ground to overhead, 10 pull ups, 15 air squats – 16:19

c. 3 rounds – 100 feet farmer carries (2/1.5 pood), 12 med ball cleans (20/14) – 23:56

Food: Loving lemonade, iced tea, Popsicles, and eating WAY TOO MUCH Halloween candy. Ugh! Otherwise, fairly back to normal. I am needing carbs/grains to get me through the day.

Hotshots 19 WOD

The next WOD I tackled was the Hotshots 19 WOD in Prescott, Ariz. We had traveled to Prescott after my power yoga session, giving ourselves time to adjust to the elevation and figure out the lay of the land.

The official “Hotshots 19″ WOD: Six rounds (6 rounds because they died in June) for time of:

  • 30 Squats (to commemorate June 30, the day the Hotshots died)
  • 135/95 pound Power clean, 19 reps (19 reps for the 19 fallen)
  • 7 Strict Pull-ups (7 in honor of Fire Station 7, the Hotshots 19 station)
  • Run 400 meters (400 because the fire turned its course around 4 p.m. on June 30)

At 5,400 feet elevation, the 400 meter run was the most lung-sucking part. The hubs did an amazing job, finishing 5 rounds + 30 air squats and 10 power cleans in round six (5+40). He scaled the weight to 95#, but did the strict pull-ups unassisted (a first for him!). I was very proud! I was in Heat 4, finishing 5 rounds + 30 air squats. I scaled the power cleans to 65#, but also did unassisted strict pull-ups for the first time.

Strict pull-ups

Strict pull-ups

Smiling through the pain of running

Smiling through the pain of running

And I felt great before, during and after the event. The elevation (other than during the run) didn’t phase me and I was really proud of my pull-ups. And the babe’s “first competition” was one of meaning and emotion. It hit close to home for us, as one of our CrossFit friends was related to one of the Hotshots.

I’m even more proud of the CrossFit community, who participated in the WOD world-wide. It was inspiring to track photos on social media of people doing it around the globe. And the generosity for the families continues to be impressive. More than $300K has been raised online and more than $21K was raised at the event in Prescott. To help the families of the 19, CrossFit has established a trust fund through its CrossFit Kids Foundation. To donate, visit https://hotshots19.crossfit.com/

More pictures here.

Hitting the Box: Baby Steps

All the research from the day before really did me no good. I was still confused about what I should and shouldn’t be doing when it came to my pregnancy fitness. CrossFitMom is great, but I wasn’t looking for programming; I was looking for answers.

I needed some normalcy, so I hit the box.

Courtesy of reebok.com

Courtesy of reebok.com

August 27 WOD:

Warm up

Strength: Push Press 10-8-6-4-2 I got to 105#, but only one rep.

Metcon: Partner WOD 20 min AMRAP Push Press (95/65), double unders; partners switch every minute. I managed 74 push press and 160 singles for a total of 244 reps. My partner managed 380 reps.

I felt good during the strength portion, but was struggling during the metcon. I was watching women I competed with prior to pregnancy knowledge doing circles around me. I think my fear of doing something wrong was eating at my subconscious. Throughout the metcon, I kept catching my hubs’ eye to let him know I wasn’t feeling right. We were both at a loss.

Two days later, I hit the box again.

August 29 WOD:

Warm up: 500m row, 61 kbs (1 pood), 30 slamballs (15#)

Strength: Max reps in 2 min: box jumps (40 at 20′), push ups (50), situps (60)

Metcon: 20 min AMRAP 50m plate run (45/25), 10 med ball cleans (20/14), 10 pull ups, 20 alternating lunges. I skipped the plate run and added the 25# to my alternating lunges. Managed 6 rounds + 9 reps.

Felt better today and whatever was gnawing at me two days before had subsided. Considering the entire WOD was basically 3-in-1, I was happy about my numbers.

On Friday, August 30, I skipped the box for a lunchtime power yoga session to celebrate a girlfriend’s birthday. I felt empowered on my mat. While the class was tough, crowded, hot and full of advanced yogis, I kept up and challenged myself into some balancing poses I typically struggle with. Little did I know, the hot rooms can cook the baby (not really, but I can’t shake this image from my head) … little did I know, pregnant women shouldn’t let their body temps get too high, but that class I left glowing from sweat and pose success.

I guess I really didn’t take baby steps. More like broad jumps!

Courtesy of: dbstrength.com

Courtesy of: dbstrength.com

CrossFit and Pregnant – Part 1

It’s Monday, August 26. I have a sneaking suspension that I’m pregnant. After suiting up for CrossFit, I ran to Target “to pick up a few things,” is what I tell my husband.

I head right to that aisle. You know the one. The one filled with all the embarrassing jellies and creams and condoms and pleasure packs … “Holy crap. There are so many choices, how do I pick one?” is what I think as I scan the rows of pregnancy tests. I go for cheapest – Target’s Up & Up line.

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I return home, to an empty house, thankful my hubs went to the early afternoon CrossFit class. I needed to tackle this alone. Within seconds (literally seconds!) of peeing on that little stick, a plus sign appears.

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I’m stunned.

Call me/us naive, but we really thought it would take longer. For YEARS, I have worried that I would never be able to have children. Not that I ever went through fertility testing, but it took my parents years to conceive and more years for them to conceive my sister. I’ve had numerous cousins miscarry and aunts unable to get pregnant. And so many friends who have faced the full range of pregnancy challenges (adoption, in vitro, surrogates, miscarriages, special needs births)  I figured we’d be dealt similar challenges. Never in a million years did either of us think we’d be pregnant within two months of trying. And we weren’t really trying. I mean, we weren’t not trying, but given our ages, we thought we’d get a head-start, expecting it to take longer. A lot longer.

Back to that afternoon.

I am paralyzed. Stunned. In tears. Unsure of what to do, think, say. I looked at pictures of CrossFit women and cried knowing my physique was no longer mine. I cried because I’m unemployed and “who’s going to hire a pregnant girl?!” Selfish, I know. I know we’re extremely lucky and blessed and all that jazz, but in those first moments, all I could think about were about the career and fitness challenges I would face the rest of my life.

Endless questions ran through my head – can I CrossFit pregnant? What about yoga? Running? Could I hurt the baby doing any of this? How much would fitness have to take a backseat? I was Googling everything and trying to absorb as much as I could.

Needless to say, I didn’t make it to CrossFit that night. I waited, stick in hand, for the hubs to return. His reaction of joy and excitement washed away some of my uncertainty.

And guess what, you can CrossFit while pregnant. You can also run, hike, do yoga, walk the dog, have sex … all my fitness favorites!

I created this site to focus on my CrossFit + pregnant nine months and the share stories of those who walked before. Because CrossFit is still fairly new, the resources and research are limited. It’s my hope that by telling my story and the stories of other CrossFit moms, we’ll pave a path for information, sharing, inspiration and joy for the women that follow.

CrossFit and Pregnant. Here’s to the next nine months!