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Posted on December 31, 1969

One Tough Momma!

One Tough Momma!

If you've been at the box anytime recently, you would have probably met (or heard about) Katie A., at some point. She is one tough momma to two beautiful kids; a daughter Harper (1) and a son Chase (born 4/13/17).   She was fortunate enough to be able to do CrossFit throughout BOTH of her pregnancies.  By scaling when she needed to, having coaches help her along the way, and by listening to her own body she was able to continue staying active the entire time.  A couple days before she had her son, Chase, I was able to ask her about her journey while doing CrossFit while pregnant and how each of her pregnancies differed along the way.  Here is what she said:


"I worked out just as long (with Chase), but was definitely modifying everything, both weight and just every movement in general. This time around, I continued on with the heavier weights and modified as few things as possible. I thought being pregnant with Harper was easy, but this pregnancy has been even easier. Plus staying fit has allowed me to keep with The Hurricane (our nickname for Harper) while carrying this extra load. The Open also helped with my motivation and made me get to the Box on those Friday nights when I would have rather gone home to my couch after a crazy day at work." Everyone has their own opinions on the do’s and don'ts of pregnancy.  Many physicians now say that you can continue performing the workouts that you were doing before you became pregnant.  In many cases, they WANT you to continue what you were doing before you became pregnant, rather than stopping cold turkey.              There are also many benefits to working out while pregnant, including but not limited to:


  • Reduces backaches, bloating, constipation, and swelling.
  • May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes
  • Increases energy
  • Improves mood (HUGE benefit!)       
  • Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance
  • Helps with sleep
  • May improve your ability to cope with labor
  • May shorten labor and shorten recovery after birth.

*I totally agree with each and every one of these, having had a child without doing CrossFit and having one while doing CrossFit


Being a part of the CrossFit community, we all know that CrossFit is "constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity."  Along with this, the program is designed to be scaled universally.  So, know that if you are thinking about becoming pregnant or become pregnant, you can still do the WOD!  It might not be exactly how you imagined it, it might take you a little longer to finish, and you will be carrying a wall ball in your belly, but the benefits are so amazing, as long as you are scaling properly and listening to your body :)


Written by: Kourtnie Kohler

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