CrossFitting Through Pregnancy

By Catherine Cochran

In Medical/Injuries, Special Populations

December 14, 2012

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For pregnant CrossFitters, resources on how to continue hitting the WOD are becoming easier to find. CrossFit Chantilly owner Catherine Cochran, a Type 1 diabetic, shares her experience.

In 2009, as a Type 1 diabetic struggling with my condition and experiencing life-threatening hypoglycemic episodes, I did my first CrossFit workout: Fran.

It was heavily scaled, but I completed the workout and was immediately hooked. In the months to follow, I regained control over my blood sugar, my cholesterol levels and my life. It was invigorating and empowering, and I wrote about it in the CrossFit Journal article No Limits. In May 2010, I found out I was pregnant.

I started searching for resources on working out while pregnant. At the time, there weren’t many. I spoke to my doctor, who gave me guidelines on what I should and shouldn’t do. As a Type 1 diabetic, my pregnancy was already considered high risk, and I had a team of doctors ready to make sure I delivered a healthy baby.

Since giving birth to my healthy son in January 2011, more resources on working out—and specifically doing CrossFit—while pregnant have been published. Women and coaches who witnessed my experience with CrossFit while pregnant—and who now see the benefits my son is reaping as a result—have come to me for advice. I hope more women will share their experiences with the CrossFit world so coaches and women know what to expect and how to safely continue with CrossFit workouts during pregnancy.

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