I had a huge pregnancy scare last night at CrossFit 417. There was a partner wod programmed and I love partner workouts! I have been feeling really good lately and my breathing has been under control and I am learning to pace and take it easy when working out. Last night the workout called for 75 back squats @ 65, 100 Pull-ups, 75 Front squats @ 65, 100 pull-ups, 75 OH squats @ 65, 100 pull-ups. I was able to communicate with my partner without breathing super hard throughout the entire workout. After the workout was finished my belly cramped up so bad and my baby was curled up so tight under my belly button he would not stretch out. I believe it was from the OH squats and keeping my core tight and the below parallel squat squished him. I had to go outside the gym and lay down and try to stretch him out because I was in so much pain. I was scared because I had never felt so much cramping and pain. I also could not feel him move which made me panic because I can always feel him kick after a workout. He did not move or at least I could not feel him move for 10-15 minutes after the workout. I walked around the gym and sat down and finally felt him move in my belly. It was the biggest relief I have ever felt. Lesson is learned. It’s not about me, anymore. The tough part is this. During the workout I can keep my heart rate down and move steady throughout. It’s the after workout that is affecting me. I don’t know if I need to scale more movements or if my core is flexed so much during a workout that is what is causing the cramping and tightness. I need to call my doctor, but I know all she is going to say is if it is uncomfortable then change what you are doing. I want to know the difference between safe and uncomfortable. I will follow the rules, but I need/want a CrossFit handbook on pregnancy. I guess this is why I am blogging about my pregnancy. It would be unethical to research CrossFit movements on a pregnancy.
I have been monitoring Luke’s movements all last night and this morning. He is moving and grooving all around and seems to be fine. I am not afraid to call the doctor if something changes. Matt’s out of town this weekend and I told him about the situation and he was freaked out and very mad at me. I was already mad at myself for pushing myself and to have him mad at me too was overwhelming.
My hypothesis from completing this workout is as follows: when the belly starts getting larger, but one is already strong from lifting before getting pregnant; it is not about the weight; it is the large amounts of repetitions at one time. I believe I would not have had the cramping if there was more change in the movements throughout the workout. The weight was really light. The range of motion below parallel over and over may have something to do with the tightness as well. My body went back to normal after 30 minutes of walking and sitting down.
I am very thankful my partner was a mom who was very active when she was pregnant with her son and she knew how to help me and calm my nerves down after the workout. She felt so bad she didn’t do more reps during the workout. I am a competitive person and when others want to compete against me my mindset changes. I need to work out in solitary confinement or explain to others to not challenge me before a workout. Ha, like that will ever not happen.