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Doing CrossFit while pregnant; is it safe?

Exercise has become a priority to many women and they don’t have any plans of giving it up while pregnant. Some are even taking it as far as continuing to do CrossFit late into their pregnancies. So what do you think? CrossFit while pregnant? Is it safe? Or are you putting your baby at risk?

Do CrossFit & pregnancy mix well?
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CrossFit is a highly intense military style of exercise that mixes aerobics, gymnastics and weight lifting through a combination of jumping rope, sprinting and carrying heavy objects such as dumb bells and medicine balls. It's a workout that can whip you into shape, but it’s not for everybody.

Whether you’re pregnant or not, listening to your body is key when it comes to how far you can push yourself with exercise. CrossFit International spoke with Good Morning America and said, “It is different for everyone based on how experienced they are with CrossFit and how fit they are. The workout can be very intense, we can scale it to make it appropriate for any population.”

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’s Chief Health and Medical Editor says, Anything that can put you or your baby at risk, give it up for that time. The extreme CrossFit, I worry about that. But anyone who’s starting a new exercise regime whether you’re pregnant or not, check with your doctor, go through it.”

“It used to be that doctors would say no exercise during pregnancy, now it’s just the opposite. It’s good for your heart, it reduces the chance you’re going to have diabetes, it’s good for your mood, your sleep, your flexibility, it’s going to help you through labor and delivery, it’s a good thing to do, but you have to be very careful,” shared Besser.

What are some exercises Dr. Besser would suggest? “If you like it, you’re more likely to stick to it so if you like to walk, continue to walk, swimming is a wonderful exercise, stable exercise bike is great. My favorite is pregnancy yoga because it focuses on breathing, strength and flexibility, all of the things that you are going to need.” Check out this fantastic Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Workout for under $10 bucks here.

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