Baby on Board

By Kristin Auger

In Special Populations

May 10, 2014

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Athlete Kristin Auger shares her experiences with CrossFit training while pregnant.

I stand just inside the open door with one leg forward, feeling the customary adrenaline and prickly anticipation I always feel before the start of one of my favorite benchmark workouts. The familiar elements are all in place: my comrades milling beside me, bars loaded in rows behind us on the gym floor, music pulsating on high from the stereo.

“3,2,1 … go!

I’ve heard the refrain hundreds of times, and I shoot off like a lightning bolt because running is my thing.

“Except for right now,” I think. “Maybe running isn’t my thing right now.”

My chest feels awkwardly heavy on my ribcage, and my belly feels hard and rotund under my tank top. I slow down, think about my breathing. It’s harder to breathe than normal. My legs feel sluggish.

I let a number of determined CrossFit athletes rumble past me, and I fight with my own stubbornness because I remember this internal battle between instinct and ego. Now is not the time to push myself to my limits, as has become customary in the last three years. Digging deeper, conjuring determination, getting after it—none of these apply to me right now because I’m 13 weeks pregnant.

The content of this article is not intended to supersede the advice of a licensed medical professional.

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2 Comments on “Baby on Board”


wrote …

My wife gave birth to our first last year and she continued to Crossfit throughout her entire pregnancy, even the 2013 Open! She needed it as much for her sanity as anything else. She modified her workouts, didn't use any heavy weight, avoided inverted exercises and abs, but continued to train. She had a super fast delivery for her first, (15 minutes) and an equally quick recovery. We credit her fitness level with the easy transitions. Little Matthew was healthy as a horse and was crawling and now walking way earlier than most infants his age. I think if you're smart about it, it can be a great way to maintain fitness through the pregnancy period and maintain your fitness levels so you're not starting at square one.


wrote …

Interesting article Kristin.

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