“There is a common misconception that while you are pregnant you should not work out. For some women during their pregnancy that is the case, but I have been lucky enough to have two healthy pregnancies. I started at Bravo Crossfit in December 2011 and found out I was pregnant with my second daughter January 2013. I really wanted to continue Crossfit but (I have to be honest) I was hesitant especially since a lot of the feedback I was getting from people was “YOU ARE CRAZY!.”
When I was pregnant with my first daughter I was minimally active, worked out here and there and went for lots of walks. I gained 45 pounds and was pretty weak. It took me a long time to get my strength and energy back after she was born. This time around I wanted to stay very active and keep my strength up.
My goal was to continue Crossfit until my 25th week of pregnancy. Well, here I am at 33 weeks pregnant and still going strong. Crossfitting pregnant definitely has its challenges, but it keeps me strong, energized, and positive for post-pardum.
Discovering crossfit has changed my life in so many positive ways and continues to do so. Both my husband and I reap the benefits that Bravo Crossfit has to offer. Date nights have turned into crossfit WODs at the gym, and we have stayed true to attending each week. I have challenged myself physically and mentally in ways I never thought possible. I have blown my personal goals out of the water, completed a Super Spartan, ran numerous 5ks, and have become competitive in a healthy way! When I first met my husband I didn’t have a competitive bone in my body and it drove him nuts! Now I love a little healthy competition 🙂
None of this would be possible without the help of our beloved coaches, Cesar and Olga. Cesar helps scale the WODs so I am comfortable, he researches the movements and their modifications for a pregnant woman, and he gives me the confidence to continue crossfitting each week. Olga is always there to support me and continues to help give me some personal attention during the WODs to ensure my comfort. Without these two coaches to guide me, I would be back at New York Sports Club walking on the treadmill!
I look forward to getting back into Crossfit in full force once I am cleared post pardum and setting some new goals for myself. I am hopeful that the return will be a smooth transition, because I have still been involved at Bravo. Before crossfitting, I didn’t have personal fitness goals, and now I look forward to raising two children, continuing to Crossfit with my husband, completing a triathlon, and running a half marathon.
Most importantly, I want to thank the entire Bravo Family for their love and support. So many of the “Bravo Crossfit Moms” have offered me encouragement, advice, and I am truly excited to continue to grow strong with you all. I look forward to continuing on this new found, healthy road I have been traveling.” – Stephanie Conklin