By Hope McNew
There are a lot of days I feel like I should be doing more, but I do what I can. I never saw anything I was doing as inspirational or motivating. I am working out for myself and to hopefully maintain the hard work I have put in so far. This stupid sinus infection and stuff has really taken its toll, but I am trying to get back into things.
I started CrossFit 2 months before I got pregnant. I started CrossFit knowing that I would be trying to get pregnant a few months later. I always knew I would continue with CrossFit. That was a requirement for starting. I needed to know that I could continue and that the gym I went to would know what to do for me.
I talked with my doctor and my midwife about continuing CrossFit. They both are completely supportive and mostly think I just need to listen to my body and do what I am comfortable with. As of now I am 16.5 weeks in and the biggest hurdle for me has been getting a really bad sinus infection and running a fever for about two weeks. I was not able to work out because of the fever and being pregnant. I was able to deal with morning sickness, but the fever was a different story.
I have had to scale a little more than usual. I do burpees to a box and right now cardio is tough because sinus issues make me cough until I have to take a break. And breathing is difficult. I feel so out of shape when running.
My short-term goals have changed. I am not trying to lose weight, but I am trying to not gain too much. I worked too hard to get to where I am now. I want to keep a healthy weight for the pregnancy. I also want to continue as close to my five days a week working out as I can.
So far working out has seemed to help me feel more energetic from day to day. I hope it will help with some of the typical aches and pains of pregnancy. I feel like I will just feel stronger overall. I have been told that CrossFit will help during labor also, I’ll see when that time comes.
The community and support at Wreck Room is what has kept me working out. I am working out for my benefit, but having so much support makes it harder just give into the exhaustion and sickness.
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