*Disclaimer: this page is not intended to replace medical advice. We encourage all athletes to consult with their doctor before making decisions regarding exercising while pregnant.
If you are reading this it's because you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or maybe just interested about CrossFitting while pregnant. That is great because this page is for all three of you!
The main consideration for athletes taking classes while pregnant is workout scaling. You can still train while pregnant, however, as you get further into your pregnancy you may need to adjust the movements and intensity of workouts. We encourage athletes who are pregnant to educate themselves on scaling options, come to class with a daily plan for the workout, and run the plan by your coach.
Although this page focuses on scaling, having the right mindset towards training is equally as important. Here are a few key mindset points, from athletes who have done CrossFit while pregnant.
- Remind yourself every training day that you are pregnant. Be grateful for your healthy body and that it's not the end of the world if you can no longer do a movement.
- Safety is #1 priority for you and your baby.
- You WILL need to make adjustments based on the movements, type of workouts, and how you are feeling each day. Your energy levels are going to be lower in the first trimester and you may find it difficult to get to the gym regularly during this time, and that's OK! Your energy should return in the second trimester. Going into your third trimester, training may feel harder and more draining with the weight gain so adding rest-time and reducing intensity will be important.
- Listen to your body, if you're not comfortable with the movement don't do it!
how to approach a workout
Before starting a workout you should have an idea of how you wish to scale it. Make sure to relay your ideas to your coach and come up with a game plan that works for you. For ideas on how to scale common movements, see below:
For more information on staying healthy and training while pregnant.
Crossfit & Pregnant