Andrea Nitz is the founder of CrossFit Mom, and explains why a executing a wide variety of functional movements at relatively high intensity is also good for pregnant women.
“Is it safe to exercise while pregnant?” is an age-old question. In earlier times, pregnant women were told to stay in bed and rest, due to their “delicate” condition. Even today, some doctors will tell their pregnant patients not to do anything more strenuous than walking.
As CrossFitters, we see things differently.
We know what we are doing is good for our body, so how could it be bad for our baby? As many studies have shown, it’s not. It is actually very good for the kid. All of the great things that you are doing for your cardiovascular system by exercising, you are also doing for your baby’s. Having trained many pregnant clients and been forced to develop safe, specific maternity-oriented exercises and rules as a trainer at CrossFit Brand X in Ramona, Calif. (also the HQ of CrossFit Kids), I have seen for myself that babies born to CrossFitting moms have a number of similar traits that make for a smoother transition to life outside the womb.