I never thought I was going to be one of those weird pregnant workout people, but maybe I am. - Shannon Dieringer

Tips for CrossFitting while pregnant from Dr. Shannon Dieringer

(Note: Shannon is not a medical doctor, but she does have her PhD in adapted physical education, and she’s CrossFitted through two pregnancies, so she’s kind of an expert all the same.)

It’s going to be hard

I never thought I was going to be one of those weird pregnant workout people, but maybe I am. - Shannon Dieringer

“I never thought I was going to be one of those weird pregnant workout people, but maybe I am.” – Shannon Dieringer

“The first trimester is hard because you don’t really look pregnant, and you can’t really tell anyone you are pregnant. I mean you can, but it’s awkward. You feel really tired. With Titus, I lost all my core strength immediately. With this one, I have not. I definitely have lost it, but not in the same way. Up until even like two or three weeks ago, I was doing everything minus burpees, rope climbs…  I didn’t bench last week. I was like, wouldn’t I kick myself if I did something stupid?”

About those weights

“Lower the weight.”

Do what works for you

“Everyone is different. I was talking to a friend a while ago, and she was saying she was doing sit ups and wall balls way up until the end of her pregnancy. One thing my doctor has said is about the laying down position, like if you are there for a long time (sit ups) you are not gaining anything from it, and it’s probably doing more harm than good. So I have refrained from that.”

Working out while pregnant vs. taking a break

“I honestly think working out while pregnant is easier than coming back. That’s really hard. You get so excited to come back. It’s ok at first because you are like, ‘Ok, I just took six weeks off, I just had a baby,’ but then you get frustrated because you are like, ‘Why is this stuff not coming back?’  Then your baby is growing and maturing and you are going through feeding changes, so then it gets tough. Months three through five are really rough.”

Check with your doctor

“My doctors has been awesome about it. As long as you are doing what you were doing prior. Which, I am. Then you are fine.”