Monday, October 28, 2013

Pregnant CrossFitter Controversy

Hello friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I was actually quite busy this weekend attending friend's birthday parties, baby showers and little kid's birthday parties. Fun huh? Actually, I've come to the realization that I have transitioned to "that stage" where all my friends are either having babies or having birthday parties for their kids. It's all seemed to happen somewhat spontaneously, but perhaps I was simply trying to evade it during all these years. The truth is, that this "stage" is not so bad at all; it just makes you realize the importance of being a responsible adult (the not-so-much-fun part!).

Anyway, now that I'm 9 months pregnant (finally!), I must tell you that I have continued working out. Unfortunately, it's been getting really difficult to run because my belly is so big and heavy, and the discomfort I feel in my lower abdomen is just plain ridiculous, but I am still exercising nonetheless. I have opted for cardio options that are less forceful on my body, such as the elliptical and power walking on an incline. Today I walked on a 10.0 incline at a 4.0 pace for 1 hour. Check me out:

Sporting my MPG pants. I love them because they "work" with the curves of my body and they are super comfy!
This actually brings me to an article I read today about a Very Pregnant CrossFit Mom who apparently caused a frenzy online because she's 8 months pregnant and lifting weights. After reading this article I just had to give my 2 cents on the issue. First of all, it's completely safe to exercise during pregnancy. As a matter of fact, it's strongly encouraged that women exercise during pregnancy because it may help them cope during labor and delivery. There are other benefits as well, such as lowering the risk of gestational diabetes, weight control and an overall healthy well-being.
When I found out I was pregnant, the doctor clearly told me that it was okay to continue running. He said, "Believe me, your body will tell you when to stop running." Sure enough, he was right! I stopped running about 2 weeks ago because it was causing me lower abdomen and back pains, but I ran up to 10 miles when I was 8 months pregnant. Doctors caution that if women were not active before pregnancy, then they should take it easy, however if a pregnant woman was accustomed to running and/or lifting weights prior to their pregnancy, then it should be safe.
The article states that "extreme" exercising could restrict the blood flow to your baby because it's diverting to your muscles, but the human body is beyond amazing and it knows to provide less oxygen to your muscles when you're exercising because your baby needs it. I say, shame on people who think that pregnant women cannot exercise. Pregnancy is NOT a disease or an ailment. While I do believe that pregnant women should exercise in moderation, I don't agree with women who use pregnancy as a scapegoat to eat whatever they want while they veg out all day long- that's possibly more unhealthy than "extreme" exercising. Congrats to the CrossFit momma for doing what she thinks is right!

Lea-Ann Ellison, the CrossFit Momma
Do you agree or disagree with Ellison weight lifting during pregnancy?
I am grateful that the temps
have lowered in Miami. This
is as close to Fall as we are going to get!

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