Friday, November 22, 2013

Steph I.

After many years of struggling to begin a family, I finally became pregnant with twins in the beginning of 2013. At the time, I had only been Crossfitting for 4 months. I loved this new found type of exercise and did not want to give it up, but also wanted to be cautious considering all I had gone through to get pregnant. I told Aimee early on that I was expecting twins and she shared with me how she and many others had continued to Crossfit throughout their pregnancy. In the beginning, I switched from going to regular classes and did private sessions with Aimee where she taught me how I could modify any WOD. During my sessions with Aimee she had given me the confidence to continue to participate in the regular classes and really taught me to listen to my body. Even if she was not teaching the class I was going to she always made herself readily available to answer any questions about modifications and even the many pregnancy questions I had along the way.

There can be higher risks with twin pregnancy but I was lucky to have a wonderful and uneventful pregnancy. I continued to Crossfit until my 36th week of pregnancy. I felt great, remained healthy and carried my daughters over 38 weeks. I truly believe I had such a great pregnancy due to Crossfit and Aimee's guidance throughout! Thank you, Aimee!

Caitlin and Elizabeth

Thursday, November 14, 2013


My name is Kelleigh and I just had my first baby.  I have been crossfitting for almost three years.  I first became pregnant last October but unfortunately that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.  After the miscarriage I was devastated and unsure if I should continue working out.   My friends, family and co-workers all told me to stop crossfitting since I had lost the baby.  However, my obgyn disagreed with the majority of opinion and told me I could  keep crossfitting.   The doctors assured me that the miscarriage had nothing to do with my workout habits.  I gave up crossfit for a little while to grieve after the miscarriage but returned a few weeks later.   Crossfit is what makes me feel good and I could no longer sit at home and focus on how sad I was.   I gradually got back to my regular workouts when I found out I was pregnant again.   I was elated to find out I was pregnant but I was also nervous to crossfit.  I did not want to have another miscarriage.  My obgyn assured me I could crossfit.  However, I took it very easy in the first trimester because of my nerves and not feeling well.
I began to feel better in my second trimester and was working out much more.  I still had some concerns about working out and my coach Paul provided me with Aimee’s information.  Paul told me Aimee did crossfit throughout her pregnancies.  Paul suggested I email Aimee with any questions I might have.  Aimee was wonderful and answered all my questions.  She put an ease to so many of my fears and I felt much more comfortable working out.    I did crossfit 3-4 times a week through my whole pregnancy and felt great.  I was able to keep most of my weights very close to my pre pregnancy weights and did not need to scale many workouts until the very end of pregnancy. 
This blog is a great resource because the majority of opinion will tell you how crazy you are for doing crossfit while pregnant.  People told me I should not lift heavy weights because it would put me into pre term labor or give me complications with the pregnancy.  I decided not to listen to everyone else and simply listened to my body and my obgyn.  My obgyn was thrilled I kept so active during my pregnancy and told me I could continue working out until delivery.  Despite popular opinion I did not go into preterm labor and I delivered a healthy baby boy at 40 weeks and 6 days.  My advice to other women would be to listen to your body and your doctor.   I think crossiftting while pregnant is amazing and powerful.  It keeps mom and baby both healthy!!