Dr. Cooker Perkins and Hannah Dewalt explore training intensity during pregnancy and call on CrossFitters to help them take their research further.
One relatively new territory that has received a lot of attention in recent years is exercising during pregnancy. At this point, we know quite a bit about aerobic activity during pregnancy (e.g., walking, jogging, swimming). The first guidelines about what women can and can’t do with respect to aerobic exercise during pregnancy were published in 1985. Because the guidelines were based on what science knew (and did not know), these guidelines were quite conservative.
Now, over 25 years later, with a surfeit of research studies to glean from, the recommendations for aerobic exercise during pregnancy have advanced quite a bit. To be brief, they essentially changed from “guidelines” to “recommendations” while they modified, expanded and clarified the details along the way.
Common questions a pregnant woman may ask herself include the following: But what about a training program that is higher-intensity or one that will improve strength and power during pregnancy? Will I harm my baby? Can women do it? Should women do it?
Truth be told, we don’t really know much yet. What we do know from the small group of studies that have been done is that “light resistance training” has been shown to positively affect some pregnancy and birth outcomes, and, perhaps more importantly, has not shown any negative effects.
The feats of the women who have continued CrossFit through their pregnancies are simply astonishing. There is no question: CrossFit moms are the pioneers of this new frontier.
Due to an email problem, Dr. Perkins asks that any women who previously contacted her please reconnect via this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women who are interested in learning more about the study and participating are also encouraged to contact her at the same address. Initial eligibility: women who voluntarily participated in CrossFit training during their pregnancy (no intensity or frequency requirements) and kept a consistent log of their workouts.