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1st Birthday!

Our baby turned 1!  How has it been a year (and my ass is still in bad shape, probably worse then the day I delivered)?  We had so much fun and got to celebrate with friends and family.  We also had some amazing pictures taken.  Here are a few of his 1 year pics.  A55A44A33A20A3

That kid loves to open his mouth.  Of course we got him a smash cake made by my amazing friend.  He ate some; then he decided to “King Kong” it, and sit down.  He also shared with Daddy.

How did people plan parties before Pintrest?  I mean I guess I planned a wedding without it.  I definitely went all Pintrest on his party, and loved it.  Here are some party shots.

We had a blast.  It was pretty much a weekend long celebration.  Nick was able to fly home and my mom flew down last minute too.  We have amazing friends here in NC who came and stayed and made it so special.  Sorry, not sorry for the picture dump!

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Meal Planning + baby

I am lucky that Anthony eats pretty much everything.  He goes through spurts where he won’t eat certain things (this week its chicken) but mostly he eats anything and everything.  Thankfully, this makes meal planning pretty easy.  He eats what I eat.  I am back to meal planning consistently as of this week.  Someone does get a little impatient when he is not swiftly being fed (don’t mind the photo bombing cat).image2

For breakfast most days we do eggs and some meat.  Anthony has his at the gym (mostly because it entertains him).  I make him 2 eggs in a little circle and cut it like pizza (triangles) and he happily eats that in his stroller.  I also bring him lots of little snacks (fine motor skills, yo!); things like dried fruit, raisins, and plain chex (gluten free not paleo).  Then he has a bottle.  Can you say piggy?!  I do bacon and eggs and a protein shake when I get home.

Lunches now that it is just the two of us are often left overs from the night before, or sliced deli meat and avocado and fruit, or anything we have on hand.  Seriously, we do TONS of left overs.  When you make a whole meal and its a 10 month old and yourself it rarely gets finished.  This also makes lunch easy peasy.  Little man also loves him some uncured, all natural beef hot dogs.  He INHALES them.  Good kid food, still decent for him.

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Dinners, I typically plan to make 4 different dinners during the week.  On Wednesdays we still do family dinner and have mexican (fajitas, just the meat, veggies, guac, and pico); Anthony usually has a shredded chicken taco and sliced avocado, or he inhales off my plate.  We do left overs on the “non-fresh” nights.  No point in wasting food.  Here is what this week looked like dinner wise.

Sunday: 5 ingredient spaghetti squash pizza from paleomg.com (I added diced chicken for more protein).  This was also lunch most of the week.

Monday: Grilled chicken, cauliflower rice, and steamed veggies.

Tuesday: left overs

Wednesday: family dinner

Thursday: Seared scallops, sweet potato, veggies

Friday: Tilapia, veggies, sweet potatoes

Saturday: BBQ grilled pork loin and veggies

Sunday: more leftovers

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Since, I am trying to get food ready, entertain the baby, and keep the house in show ready condition we are living the simple life.  Going back to the basics is never a bad thing.  And really, Anthony doesn’t mind leftovers at all!  He is also seriously digging seafood these days.  Good news when we get up to Boston the seafood is sooooo much better!

As far as snacks go we do lots of fresh fruit, sometimes veggies, protein shakes (paleo protein, almond milk, frozen fruit), raisins, trail mix (nuts, dried fruit, whatever you please; I make a big bag and we have it all week), sliced avocado, sometimes a paleo treat like cookies or something.  Again, simple is good.  Things that I can throw in little containers is amazing incase we need to vacate the house quickly.

What are your go to meals?  What are the complex ones you love and are worth the time?  Next week I may get a little crazy early in the week but we will see.

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5 Month Hiatus

Remember that time 5 months ago I said I was going to get back in shape.  Yeah, meet that rollercoaster.  We are at the bottom again, but I guess that means there is no where to go but up.  There has been an abundance of things that have gone down, including laziness that have lead to abandoning this place.  However, I am back! (I know I say that a lot…in theory it is true this time).

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In good news the little man has grown a TON!  At his 9 month appointment he was 30″ long and 22lbs 12 oz.  That my friends is 97th percentile for height, and 92nd for weight.  For a kid who couldn’t gain weight he sure is cruising now.  He’s such a happy guy.  He is sort of crawling, and walking behind his walker, and using all of these things to torment the dog and cat.  Its fun for everyone.  He says mama, dada, ball, book, and uh-oh.  He is so much fun and full of personality.  He met snow for the first time and was not so sure about that situation.

In addition to the crazy of work, raising a now almost 10 month old (how did that happen?!), and regular life stuff we’ve made a massive decision to pack up and move back to Boston.  Hubs got a fabulous job offer and we’ve decided to head back up north.  We will be selling the house and moving back to lots more white stuff.  Hubs has actually already headed up the end of January so I have been figuring out single mom life.  He came home last weekend and it was fabulous.  We are working to be together at least a few times a month.

Thankfully, we have an amazing support system in North Carolina.  Our friends and southern family have been superstars and ready to help anytime.  We are still doing family dinner and hanging out on the regular.  Here is a great shot from Nicks “last” family dinner.

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I’ve been much better about being in the gym.  This week has been a train wreck as the little dude has been pretty sick so we are living day to day.  I am hopeful we get there tomorrow and all weekend.  Once we make the move up north I will have to find a new gym and that is going to be a struggle!  Especially to find a support system like the one we have here.

Speaking of the gym the open is coming!  How is it already that time of year already?  I will be doing it for the first time in 2 years if for no other reason then to kick my butt in gear.  I did compete the end of January with an amazing partner.  Of course, I woke up sick as a dog the day before the competition but we powered through.  And we didn’t finish last (this was the goal), and we didn’t die (secondary goal).  We did amazing at the lift workout and that was our best finish on the day at 13th.  My former snatch PR was 1 rep at 85 lbs; somehow after an exhausting day I pulled 3 off and quickly.  Scope out my RBF at the judge.  Whoops!

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And with those updates I must get some sleep.  More to come this upcoming week.  We’ve started cloth diapering and I love it!  All the details on it and the plans for little mans first birthday party (2 month away!).  Also, some meal prep (we are living the life of quick and easy around here), workout details, and who knows what else!

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Train Wreck…

I won’t lie I have been eating like a horse…and not a good way!  Not counting macros, not even a little bit paleo, etc.  I have not been consistent at the gym.  2 weeks into the new lifting program my shoulder got sore, I kept working out, then it wouldn’t go over head.  My knee is jacked up for no particular reason (I suspect 4 months of nursing with my legs crossed under me) and I can’t squat well.  I have gained weight; by no means my biggest but not my smallest.  I am out of shape, I feel like crap, and that is reflective of my choices.  I’ve also started a new job and spent some good time on the road, which means I haven’t planned correctly and eaten whatever.

That is pretty much how I feel.  However, tomorrow is back to paleo.  I am hopeful that I have my supply and supplements regulated enough for breastfeeding that we should be ok, so fingers crossed.  Dairy has got to go.  Gluten has got to go.  I am hoping to go 100% paleo, but I can’t mess with my supply for it.  My backup plan is a bit of gluten free bread.  I am going to keep my macros at 40% carbs and make sure I get every bit of them in through veggies and fruit.

I also have to get my happy ass back to the gym consistently, because do you know what is easy?  Excuses are easy.  I can’t always go first thing in the morning anymore with my new work schedule.  Little man no longer sleeps as much, or through dropping weights so its 98% impossible to be there alone with him and actually WOD.  By 445 when others at the gym to help me I am exhausted or still at work.  I am committing to at least 4 days a week at this point.  If that means I need to drag my ass out of bed at 630 in the morning and go when the little dude is still asleep then so be it.  And I HATE the morning.

I will be tracking EVERYTHING on MFP; feel free to follow me over there if you want to see what I am eating.

In other news I’ve taken a new job, still in sales and so far its rocking’ my sox!  The little man is still little but finally made his way into the 1st percentile for weight at his 4 month appointment.  He weighed in at a big 12lbs.  The doc isn’t worried.  He is thriving overall and is fabulous!  He has the busiest schedule of any 4.5 month old I’ve met (read: we rotate who is watching him since hubs and I are both self employed these days).  Its like a jig-saw puzzle of who is going to have him when.  Don’t fret we’ve made him a google calendar.  Thankfully, we have the most amazing nanny in all of the land!

We’ve also started giving him baby food.  All paleo.  All homemade.  He is still getting 6 feedings a day of breast milk, and 2 feedings a day of baby food.  So far he has had sweet potato, chicken, and avocado.  Tomorrow we are going to give butternut squash a whirl.  This week also holds carrots and spinach!  We are mixing everything with olive oil to add some extra fat (problems I wish I had!).  Ill do a whole post on baby food paleo style!  He is pretty excited about it!

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And some extra cuteness just to hold you over.
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He has made best friends with Lady who is his protector!  She is the most tolerant dog ever.  A keeps yanking on her and she just sits with him patiently.

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Thats what I’ve got for now!  Posts coming this week on baby food, and an update on eating by the end of the week!  Since little man is now going down for the night around 930/10 I have until midnight (when I pump) to do whatever I want!  I am hoping to channel lots of that here, into food prep, and some relax time!

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Paleo & Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is hard work you guys!  Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be this hard.  I got super lucky and had a good pregnancy, and a good labor and delivery, and generally a really good baby.  I guess you can’t go 4 for 4.  Maybe because I wasn’t mentally prepared for it to be this exhausting; maybe because I never in a million years thought I would have supply issues, that Baby R would have sucking issues, or that eating strict paleo would cause a supply tank that took me 6 weeks to recover from.  However, it is something that was really important for me to try and do.  I have not been willing to quit because it got hard (although there have been hours, days, and weeks when I’ve sat here thinking how much easier formula would be).  Personally, I believe its the best stuff I can give Baby R so thats what I choose to do.  Again, this doesn’t mean that giving your baby formula is bad; I firmly think everyone gets to make that decision for themselves.

When we got home from the hospital my plan was to give it 10-14 days and then get right back on strict paleo.  Gotta drop that baby weight and get my butt back in shape…well that plan went in the tank around day 18.  Baby R was born at 7lbs 9oz and dropped to 6lbs 15oz by day 3.  He gained weight VERY slowly (read an ounce or two a week; our best week was 4.4 ounces).  It took me a month to get him back to birth weight.  At his 3 week weight check the peditrician we were seeing came into the room and said “He’s not a birth weight.  You need to breast feed him then give him 1-2oz of formula after each feeding…its the only way to fix this.”.  I sat there and cried.  I am not a crier.  I was devastated.  Clearly, I was failing as a mom and couldn’t feed my child.  How could this be the only option?  This was on a Tuesday.

After I pulled my shit back together, I was able to think clearly (on Wednesday).  I picked up the phone and called the Lactation Department at the hospital I delivered.  Of course they didn’t have an appointment for 6 days.  The LC (lactation consultant) spent 45 minutes on the phone with me.  We talked about food (and suspect that the quick diet change and how strict I was being probably decreased my supply), we talked about how often he was eating (I was letting him sleep stretches at night because he didn’t complain about being hungry), and devised a plan.

I added back complex carbs (my major pregnancy craving).  If my choice was eat strict paleo OR breast feed Baby R I would eat all the bagels and once things got on track figure out a plan.  The hubs was like its a great excuse to eat whatever.  When I went to the LC the following week DS was back to birth weight (at almost a month).  This was progress, slow progress but progress.  We re-evaluated the plan again.  I rented a hospital grade pump.  I was going to feed him, pump the “left overs” and bottle feed them back to him (supplementing but with breastmilk not formula).  I was also going to power pump once a day (in crossfit terms 3 rounds of 10 min pump, 10 min break).  I was going to make this work.  Well in 2 days he gained 2 ounces.  We were now seeing his actual pediatrician who is beyond amazing.  He asked what we were doing and I told him I went AMA on the formula plan and he looked at me and said “Good for you”.

Baby R in this past week has gained 7.2 ounces.  When we did his weigh in at the  LC I did a happy dance; they did a happy dance; it was dance central.  The other thing we changed…I took my 6 week old baby to a chiropractor.  They are wonderful.  and it has totally changed how effectively he is sucking.  They do not adjust babies like they do adults.  Its very light pressure and babies will naturally move to adjust themselves.  Its actually quite cool, and Baby R loves it.

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As far as paleo goes — after this past week at the LC we’ve decided I can slowly start incorporating it back in.  SLOWLY is the key here so that if my supply starts to decrease we can see what does it.  I am going to keep the slow rolled oats, white potatoes, gluten free bread, etc in for a bit.  I am cleaning up everything else for now.  Re-taking out occasional cheese, bagels, gluten, sugar, most processed.  Its going to be a slow road back and rushing it clearly didn’t help things.

I am also back at the gym.  I started lifting again this week.  My lifts suck!  My endurance is in the tank.  My hip flexibility is down the drain.  I have to keep reminding myself that I grew another human for 9 months, then gave birth to him.  I was WOD’ing pretty light from 6 months on.  I took 3.5 full weeks off.  Its going to take time.  I need to get my diet under control.  No straight sleep isn’t conducive for good workouts.  I need to be patient with myself.

It took me 9 months to gain the weight…its going to take me 9 to get it off.  Remember this no matter where you are in your journey and no matter what your goals are.  Time and patience are critical to any change.

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Birth Plan & Execution

Let me preface this with I strongly believe in everyones right to choose how they want to give birth.  You should do what you think is best for you and your baby.  Whether you want an epidural, non-medicated, repeat c-section, home birth, etc. its totally up to you!  Same thing for breastfeeding, formula feeding, using a bottle, and/or a binky.  I don’t want someone to tell me how to have my baby, and I would never do that to someone else.  Raise a respectful, happy kid and you’re doing it right in my book.  The debates between moms on this stuff is ridiculous!

Anywho!  I planned to do this post before I had little man but that clearly failed; so it is now a 2 for one.  I decided long ago that I wanted to try and have him without the use of any medication.  I did my research and decided this was likely the best option for me.  I read books, did research (not on google, blogs, and peoples opinions; in medical journals, from the CDC and ACOG), and ultimately we decided to take a class.  We opted for a Bradley class and it was fabulous.  The combination of these things allowed me to make good educated decisions about what our birth plan would be.  Hubs supported this 100%.  He did some good whining about classes but after we had Anthony he said it was totally worth and it really prepared him for what would happen.

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Our ultimate goal was obviously a healthy baby and mom.  I wanted to be in a hospital for all the “just in cases'”.  In the event something was wrong I wanted to have doctors right there; with that being said I wanted to stay home as long as possible.  I knew I would be more relaxed at home in my own environment.  I could get in and out of the tub if I wanted, go for a walk, eat, drink, bounce on my birthing ball, and do what I wanted.  We devised a plan and wrote it out for when we got to the hospital.  At my 36 week appointment the doctor I saw approved it and said all looked good.  His exact words were “this looks good…I hope I am on call.  Non-medicated births are fun and badass”.  While I love all the docs at my practice I was secretly hoping he was on call that day (and he was!).

Here is my birth plan as it was written out (thankfully lots of these things were standard operating procedure at my hospital):

Our primary goal is a healthy mother and healthy baby.

We strongly believe in labor and delivery as a natural process. To ensure the health and safety of mother and baby we desire a non-medicated, safe, and natural labor and delivery experience.

Labor & Delivery

  • Assuming no complication, we prefer to labor without the assistance of labor stimulants or pain medication. If pain medication or stimulants are desire they will be requested, please do not offer them.
  • Please allow membranes to rupture naturally (no stripping of membranes during vaginal exam, or artificial rupture before or after labor begins). If medical team feels either are necessary please discuss options and medical indications beforehand.
  • Please no IV fluids during labor unless necessary for treatment of an abnormality. We plan to stay hydrated through oral fluids.
  • Although we understand some time on the electronic fetal monitor is unavoidable, please limit its use as much as possible in order to facilitate freedom of movement during labor. To ensure adequate monitoring of the baby, we would prefer intermittent auscultation per ACOG guidelines.
  • Please limit vaginal exams to admittance, during the pushing stage, and for specific medical indications only.
  • We would like access to shower during labor, and ask for freedom to labor (1st and 2nd stage) in whatever positions provide comfort and encourage progress.
  • During delivery, assuming no overriding complications, please do not perform a routine episiotomy. We prefer the risk of a tear to this surgical procedure.

Post-Partum

  • Unless baby or mother is in crisis we wish for him to be delivered directly onto the mothers abdomen. Once the cord has stopped pulsing and been cut, we wish for the baby to be handed to father, at which time standard necessary infant exam may be done (APGAR and vitals check). Once the baby starts exhibiting breastfeeding cues we wish for the baby to breastfeed.
  • Please delay cord-clamping and cutting the cord until the cord has stopped pulsating and/or the placenta is delivered. When it is time to cut the cord we would like for Nick to cut it.
  • We wish to delay standard newborn procedures for at least one hour (weighing, measuring, bath, eye ointment, vit K, newborn exam, etc.) for the purpose of bonding.
  • Assuming there is no immediate threat to mother or baby’s health, we ask that the baby please delay any immunizations or routine tests required by law until after this bonding period.
  • Since we will be exclusively breastfeeding please do not give baby any bottles, rubber nipples, sugar water, etc. Please check with us before providing a pacifier.

We were excited about the plan and felt really good about it.  Per the Bradley class the plan was to leave for the hospital at “3-2-1 GO!”  Talk about easy for a crossfitter to remember huh?  That stands for contractions 3 minutes apart, for 2 hours, and 1 minute long…then you go to the hospital.

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So how did it actually go down you ask?  My birth story as I recall it (some which was filled in by the hubs).  Be warned I use words like “discharge” and things below so stop reading if you are gonna be all “eeewww she said discharge!”

On April 22, I woke up at 3am cramping and thought maybe this was it but same thing happened last week and after working out everything stopped. I went back to sleep around 4:30 then got up like normal.  Told DH I thought maybe I was in labor but was going to go workout and coach my normal 9am class. I went to the gym and worked out with my normal people, still cramping which were apparently contractions 12-15 minutes apart. On the way home I stopped for gas and then decided to start cooking myself breakfast around 10:30.

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I had just put bacon on the stove and thought maybe I peed some on myself or that it was discharge (happens when you are 9 months pregnant).  So, I changed out of my spandex and threw on mesh shorts.  3 minutes later I was like “ummmm I think my water broke” because I had a cramp then a trickle of fluid that ran down to my ankle.  I went and changed for the 3rd time in 10 minutes and was calm as could be. At 10:44 there was no question my water had broke as there was a huge gush and soaked through a pad, underwear, and my sweat pants.

I wanted to stay at home as long as possible and figured we had lots of time.  By the time I had finished breakfast my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart but only 30-45 seconds long. Our plan was to leave when they were 3 minutes apart and at least a minute long consistently for about 2 hours.

I decided I would shave my legs and take a bath at around 1130am. I made it through shaving my legs and decided to get in the shower and wash my hair and such instead of just hanging out in the tub, as sitting was not comfortable. We called the doctors office since I had an appointment at 1:30 (which is why the hubs was home from work). They said if my water broke I could go to labor and delivery but if I could still talk through contractions we could wait a bit longer.

I was very happy to be laboring on my hands and knees.  At some point the dog was outside and heard me moan and proceeded to scream and cry till hubs let her in.  She proceeded to lay next to me as calm as could be until we left.

Around 1pm DH loaded the car and we decided we probably needed to leave.  Little to say that was a bit too late.  We got to hospital at 1:39 (official check in time), and there was no question I was in full transition in the car. At some point I told DH I thought I was going to throw up, we quickly learned my new SUV takes corners well at a pretty good speed.  They sent me to triage to make sure water had broken.  Keep in mind I was on my hands and knees at admissions and it was clear I was in labor. There was another woman likely in early labor hanging out in a wheel chair and as I was on my hands and knees she looked terrified (oops).

They checked me and I was 7cm and they sent me immediately down to labor and delivery; they made me stay in the bed and I was not happy about it.  My doc was in surgery.  I told DH I wanted the drugs at that point because I was having constant contractions, and they clearly hurt!  Thankfully he was like give it 15 minutes and if you still want them you have to be the one to ask the doctor.

The doc got there the first words out of my mouth were “Dr. XYZ this sucks!! Give me the epidural”.  He laughed and was like “ummm no and that’s not what you wanted and you know it”. He wanted to check me and before he cold get gloves on I was insisting the baby was coming NOW!”

Doc was like let me check and we will see.  He was like “yup he is right there”.  The nurses hardly had time to drop the table, get new gloves on my doc, and get everything ready. Baby was out 10 min later.  I think I pushed like 12 times and that was over 4 contractions.  At some point towards the end I was like screw waiting for a contraction and I asked if I could just push him out before the contraction. The doc was like you do what you want.  I pushed that final time and he was here.

We were going to delay cord clamping but baby pooped on the way out so we couldn’t. DH cut the cord and Anthony was screaming. 7lb 9oz and 21” long. He is perfect. I made hubs go count his fingers because he would never show them. Then hubs brought him to me.  I was admitted at 1:39 and had him at 2:24 so things moved very fast! Lesson learned I labor fast so go a bit earlier! I am thrilled to have gone med-free and only had a slight tear and only 4 stitches.

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I’ve had an amazing recovery and feel great.  I am very fortunate to have had a non-complicated pregnancy, delivery, and recovery.  I really attest most of that to staying in good shape, not over eating, and being logical and making good decisions when pregnant.  We were discharged 26 hours after I was admitted and we were thrilled to go home.

Now for some serious cuteness in the last week.

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The day we got home…I was a little sleepy and had been up 37 hours!

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Nap time for Anthony, he is a snuggle bug for sure!

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Please tell me again how the dog is going to try to eat him.  They are BFFs already.

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Seriously this kid is super alert and expressive!

He is breast feeding like a champ!  We have chosen to exclusively breast feed before introducing a bottle between 3 and 4 weeks.  That way hubs can feed him too.  I am not WODing until the 11th and it will be easy and light until I am officially cleared by the doctor on the 18th.  We are back to eating super strict paleo as of yesterday (exactly to my plan of home and situated for 10 days then back at it).  I know I’ve lost a lot of muscle and have some pounds to shed but in time.  I am focusing on diet for now and then hitting the gym hard again once I am cleared.  I am also pretty sure my boobs weigh 10 pounds currently.  I am up about 11 pounds from pre-pregnancy but again theres lots of muscle to put back on; and its not about the scale.  Heres a picture from 2 days before I delivered and 2 days after for comparison.

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More posts soon on getting back in the swing of things, food, goals, and much more!  What are your goals?  Tell me about some short term ones, long term ones.  They don’t have to be huge they just have to be something to strive for.

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Pregnant WODing

I am in my 39th (pushing 40th) week of pregnancy and yes I am still WODing.  By no means am I WODing like I was before I got pregnant.  My goals at this point are simple:

1. Keep moving and stay active!

2. If it hurts…STOP!  Note when I say hurts I don’t mean crossfit hurt, I mean hot damn thats painful because my belly is in the way, or something is stretching funny, or everything is stretched out and I don’t move like that anymore.

3. Finish every WOD, even if that means scaling it (which I do A LOT of these days).

4.  Being pregnant and WODing means no even looking at other peoples scores because they are not comparable (note: this has been drilled into me by the other coaches when I was getting super frustrated every day, it has helped; because really nobody else is WODing with a 23lbs slam ball on their stomach).

Its that simple.  Now to alleviate your concerns.  Yes, my doctors all know and support that I am still working out.  No, it is not bad for the baby.  Yes, me and baby are still PERFECTLY healthy.  Actually, the docs say I have had a textbook pregnancy.  My blood pressure is perfect, my test results have all been perfect, baby’s heart rate is text book.

As of last week at 38 weeks and 4 days I had gained a total of 23 pounds.  There is no doubt I have lost some muscle and put on some fat but oh well.  Average women are expected to gain 25-30lbs total.  I am right about there.  Wonder where it all goes?

Let me tell you WODing pregnant is no easy task.  I can’t tell you how many times I get to the gym and am like I could go home, or just coach and not WOD, or AMRAP a good nap.  However, I know getting moving is good for me and for the baby.  So I do it, for both of us.  Assuming everything stays good I plan to keep working out until he shows up.  Then hopefully take 4 weeks off and go back VERY VERY light and work into 6 weeks post partum and then start training again.  I am still getting my sweat on as seen by this fancy sweat angel post WOD last week.

image1Lets talk about scaling shall we?  Again, I am no expert this is what has worked for me.  Other then lightening things 20% or so I went completely normal until around 30/32 weeks.  My belly didn’t in the way, my joints didn’t feel like they were never going back together, my pelvis didn’t feel like it was being jack hammered into, so on and so forth.  At this point I generally lighten the weight loads in RX WODs 30ish percent.

Movements I can still do and am doing as normal:
– sit ups (no it doesn’t squish the baby or harm him)
– push press
– monkey bars
– ring dips (I’ve always needed a light band for these but I actually feel stronger doing them now)
– rowing
– slam balls
– cleans/clean & jerk (bar bath is slightly off to compensate for around my belly, but as normal for the movement)
– kettle bell work (swings & snatches)
– lunges
– deadlift

Scaled movements:
– pull ups –> I am using a light band.  On days my belly feels really tight I do ring rows because the band irritates me
– box jumps –> step ups
– squats (back, front, overhead) –> to a ball or a box (my pelvis and hips HATE squatting currently, and if I bottom out there is no saving that so I touch and go)
– thrusters –> again to a ball or box
– burpees –> air squat and a push up
– pushups –> on a set of plates
– running –> rowing for equal distance
– wallball –> 1/2-3/4 squat not full
– double unders –> single unders
– HSPU –> regular push ups to plates
– rope climbs –> butt on floor and pull up to standing

That is the gist of it.  If something else funky pops up in a WOD I figure it out.  Or use a reliable crossfit site to see what a good scale for it is.  A few recent WOD examples for you:

15 min AMRAP
200m run
10 push ups
20 air squats

What I did….200m row, 10 push ups to plates, 20 squats to the ball.  Here was my set up:

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I did my push ups with my hands on the plates and went down until my belly touched.  I squatted to the ball.

Wanna see how sexy I looked after that workout?  Obviously, you do!  And this was after some serious floor laying and breathing post WOD.

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A few other examples:

I did wallballs to 1/2 squat, high pulls (carefully as to not knock my stomach and hands slightly more outside the normal), step ups, push press, row.  My score right before I got pregnant was 216.  My score at 39 weeks and 1 day 170 (thats a difference of 46 reps…not too shabby).

For this I changed it to the “Dirty 30”.  I knew 50 reps of all of those would be a bad scene and would probably push it too far (hence the using common sense thing).  The only things I changed were box jumps to step ups, back extensions to sit ups (hanging upside down gives me some nasty vertigo), burpees to a squat and push up off a box, and doubles to singles 3:1 (I did 90 singles).

So can you still WOD pregnant?  Absolutely.  As a coach we tell people all the time “Crossfit is functional movement”, “It can be scaled for anyone”.  Well that holds true now as well.  Don’t be dumb but get to it!  Obviously, if you are going to crossfit pregnant ask your doctor and make sure they are on board.  If they aren’t find out why.  There are some out there who are old school.  Ask questions, ask for research.  ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) is a great resource.  If you have never crossfitted before I wouldn’t recommend starting when you get pregnant (again people common sense), but if you have been doing it there is no reason (in my non-medcial opinion) you can’t continue.

I also secretly hope that I will WOD this baby out on time or close to it.  However, he will do what he wants and show up when he wants to.

In other exciting news Hubs for my birthday got me a gift certificate for my USAW Sports Coaching Certificate and I can’t wait.  The plan is to go in September once I’ve been back in the gym and have thrown some weight around again.  Oddly, most are held at Crossfit gyms now so I wonder how popular this is becoming with coaches.

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