CrossFit and Pregnancy: Tips

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Published: November 26, 2020

Apart from healthy eating and plenty of sleep, exercising regularly is the best way to stay healthy. Nowadays, many people turn to a relatively new workout sensation, CrossFit. However, CrossFit is an intense workout that requires some serious strength and stamina. For that reason, many cross-fitters are regular class attendees, since slacking often may lead to loss of fitness. On top of that, working out releases feel-good hormones which make many people hooked to working out. Stopping exercise can be disheartening and stressful if you’re an avid gym-goer. But what happens when you get pregnant? Luckily, there are ways you can still mix CrossFit snd pregnancy, it’s just about making adjustments. That said, during your pregnancy, you can surely benefit from finding a personal trainer Dubai residents deem a quality trainer.

A healthy-looking pregnant woman holding her belly.
Crossfit and pregnancy might be a great match for avid cross-fitter mums that are looking to keep their bodies fit during pregnancy!

Sedentary pregnancy is the best! Or is it?

Sedentary pregnancies have been a trend for a while now. We all know that to be true quite well. And even though sometimes staying put is unavoidable in some pregnancies, most women are just fine working out even when pregnant! After all, it’s not very likely that our predecessors were scrolling through their phones while munching on ice-cream during their pregnancies. As women, our bodies were made to be strong, especially while carrying those little bundles of joy in our bellies. That being the case, we are more than okay exercising through our pregnancies, CrossFit included.

Not only is it good for women to be active during pregnancy, but not being so can have some serious drawbacks. If you were active for a long time, stopping exercise completely can impact your mental health. Especially if you feel like you have to give up working out because you’re pregnant. That said, if you were actually looking forward to having some time off to relax and not exercise as hard, it might not be so. Still, keeping up at least some form of exercise is advisable. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise, as long as you’re keeping your blood flowing a bit, you’ll do just fine! If your workout of choice, though, is CrossFit, there are many CrossFit workouts out there that are adapted to fit the needs of pregnant women. So basically, it’s just about adapting your workouts to your new condition.

Can being inactive impact my pregnancy and delivery?

That is hard to say. Some doctors are pro-working out, and some are against it. However, when you think about it, why couldn’t workouts such as CrossFit be seen as a form of body preparation for delivery? It does, in the end, make your body stronger and more flexible, your lung capacity greater, and your circulation better. How can that be bad for delivery and your and your baby’s well-being? That said, doing Crossfit and other forms of exercise definitely isn’t advisable in some pregnancies. If your pregnancy is one of those, that, however, is on your doctor to decide. Crossfit and pregnancy together simply aren’t the best fit for some women. And for that reason, consulting your doctor before starting a certain for of workout out is best.

A woman doing crossfit.
CrossFit is a strenuous exercise that might be suited just to long-time Cross-fitter mums!

CrossFit and pregnancy – the strong mummy saga

It’s not a secret that CrossFit can whip a person into shape in no time. It is a demanding workout that gets your juices flowing. Because of that, it’s safe to assume that most serious cross-fitters are in great shape. That can seriously come in handy during childbirth. Strong core muscles will definitely help you push out a baby much easier. Not only that but aside from eating healthy, working out is one of the best ways to prevent blood sugar swings during pregnancy. Diabetes is something that can happen during pregnancy, however, proper and stable nutrition, and a well-planned moderate workout plan are the best ways to avoid any pregnancy complications if possible.

Basically, an overall healthy lifestyle is what you want to try and adopt when pregnant. If you haven’t had the best diet before, there are plenty of healthy eating tips on the internet if you need help. However, any major changes can be risky during pregnancy. Losing weight is something you should avoid when pregnant, so if you’re planning on changing up your diet, it’s best to consult a professional nutritionist beforehand. It’s also best to avoid starting any vigorous exercises when pregnant if you weren’t participating in them before your pregnancy. That said you and your baby both can definitely benefit from light exercise.

Listen to your body, it knows the best

Your body and your doctor are the ones you should be listening to at all times when pregnant. If your doctor deemed your pregnancy as low risk and gave exercising a green light, you’re free to do it! However, when engaging in vigorous exercises such as CrossFit it’s best to listen to your body when deciding what, when, and how much to do. You should never be straining your self, so scaling back might be necessary. Pregnancy is the time to set your fitness goals aside and exercise for your and your child’s health! Having said that, if you feel like Crossfit and pregnancy at the same time are impossible for you, there are plenty of exercises you can still do, such as:

  • swimming
  • walking
  • yoga
  • stationary biking
A woman doing yoga while pregnant since Crossfit and pregnancy together aren't the best choice for her.
Yoga is a great form of gentle exercise that’s well-suited to most pregnant women!

Crossfit and Pregnancy together are a-okay

Being pregnant is not easy. Even though pregnancy is the most wonderful thing in the world, all mums would probably agree that pregnancy also means holding it until you make it to your home a little too often. But all jokes aside, when pregnant, your body needs more care than usual. And working out is one of the best ways to care for your body. And even though CrossFit and pregnancy aren’t a dream combination for all mums, Crossfit mums can definitely benefit from it. However, if you’re a to-be mum in Dubai and Crossfit just isn’t your cup of tea, there are mild pregnancy yoga Dubai classes that are a great form of gentle exercise that’s suitable for most pregnant women. If you wish to start working out, just make sure to always consult your doctor first, and then set out on a journey to a strong mum bod!

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