What Happened to the Zika Virus? And Can I Take My Baby to Latin America?

Zika virus is spread by two types of mosquitos.

Last year, it seemed like the Zika virus was in the news daily.  At least it seemed that way to me, as I was pregnant and thus at risk for having a baby with birth defects if I contracted it.  Luckily, the virus did not hit the United States the way some models predicted it might.  And while I don’t want to belittle the experience of those who did contract it, most US mamas and babies survived the scare without incident save for a few areas of Florida and Texas.  But since then, we haven’t heard much about Zika.  Is the epidemic over?  Should pregnant women still avoid travel to Zika areas? What about young children?  In this article I will bring you up to speed on the latest regarding this somewhat unusual epidemic. Continue reading “What Happened to the Zika Virus? And Can I Take My Baby to Latin America?”

My Crossfit Pregnancy: Workout Modifications

Every pregnant mama is different!

What many don’t realize about Crossfit is that it is possible to modify any workout!  I learned this first hand when I continued to Crossfit while pregnant with my daughter.  This post is pretty technical and specific to Crossfit, so it won’t interest everyone, but I wanted to follow up my previous post on why Crossfit during pregnancy was right for me, with some more details on my workout modifications.  It’s hard to find authoritative information on what’s safe and what’s not.  I can’t claim to have an expert opinion, but I want to share my experience.  In this post I’ll break down what I did, and what I modified or eliminated, in each trimester of my pregnancy.   Crossfit mamas, read on! Continue reading “My Crossfit Pregnancy: Workout Modifications”

“Is That Safe?” — Why Crossfit During Pregnancy Was Right for Me

Author doing overhead squat while pregnant
Doing Crossfit at approximately 25 weeks pregnant.

“Is that safe?”  Every time I mentioned Crossfit during pregnancy or posted a picture, a well-meaning friend would inquire as to whether such activity was acceptable.  It’s an understandable question.  For me, I believe it was.

While exercise during pregnancy was discouraged long ago, today doctors generally agree that it is beneficial to both mother and baby, and should be encouraged in uncomplicated pregnancies.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that “regular physical activity during pregnancy improves or maintains physical fitness, helps with weight management, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women, and enhances psychologic well-being.”

Okay.  But what about intense exercise like Crossfit? Continue reading ““Is That Safe?” — Why Crossfit During Pregnancy Was Right for Me”