Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Working out at 30 weeks


Just in case anyone is coming here wondering what kind of workouts you can do at 30 weeks, I'll post yesterday's workout.

Warm-up with a 20# bar
15 good mornings
15 presses
15 overhead squats

3 rounds of:
10 knee raises
10 pull-downs 60#
10 walking lunges


50 double kettlebell clean and jerks with 8kg, broken up into sets of 10

So I'm 30 weeks tomorrow, 3/4 of the way there. Despite some good resources out there, I feel like it's hard to get a sense of what women actually do for exercise at different points in pregnancy. My first trimester I had to make myself do less because I felt fine (other than getting lightheaded a little more easily). Second trimester I felt some more limitations but could still do a scaled-down metcon no problem and most of the lifts felt pretty normal. Again, I had to make myself go lighter. I could totally understand how people can keep doing CrossFit throughout pregnancy and had visions of doing pull-ups and snatches right up till the end.

But once I hit the third trimester, I felt myself skidding to a halt. A lot of days I just can't get myself to work out at all. I'm actually worn out from the constant motion of the baby. It's not the fatigue/sleepiness I felt early on, which I could work through. Instead, I feel like I've already done a tough workout! When I do get myself to the gym, my stamina is minimal. I'm short on air, even when I go really slowly and take lots of breaks. My muscles tire quickly. I keep cutting movements out of my repertoire. Things that were relatively easy a couple weeks ago are near impossible now. I had to make the tough decision to stop going to my strength class, because I just can't keep up and I can't keep going for an hour anymore, even though it's relatively mellow and I've been scaling down in weight and difficulty.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this, given that the baby and I have both gotten so much bigger in just the last few weeks. He's an estimated 3 pounds and 17 inches long now! But I read about people doing CrossFit up until the day they give birth, and I just can't wrap my head around it. I was in very, very good shape, training hard right up until I got pregnant, and then keeping up with training even though I scaled back the intensity. I read posts and comments on sites like CrossFit Mom, and I wonder what these women at 7, 8, 9 months are actually doing in the gym. Maybe they're just coming in and stretching out and moving a PVC pipe around? If I were still at my CrossFit gym, I don't know if I would be able to scale the workouts enough to still be able to participate at this point. On my own, I can come up with stuff and I can go at my own pace, but I'm struggling with enough things now that I can't imagine doing even a scaled CF metcon in another month or two. Maybe it would be different if I had been able to keep working out at a CF gym throughout my pregnancy, maybe I would be used to it. But it's not like I was sitting around sipping lattes either.

I'm not feeling guilty or anything - I know my limits and am happy to stay within them - I'm just puzzled I guess. I feel like there's representation at the two extreme ends of the scale - the women who say they're not doing any exercise during pregnancy or think that a slow walk around the block is exercise, and the ones who are still doing full-on CrossFit the day before they give birth. So anyway, if you come across this post and you're in your third trimester and you also feel puzzled, at least you know you're not the only one.

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