I had been doing crossfit for two years before I became pregnant. I knew before I was pregnant that I wanted to become certified, so during my 20th week I did just that. I was also an assistant trainer at my former gym in Houston for 3 weeks before my cert.
I didn't eat super well during the pregnancy, though my version of not eating well is still pretty good in comparison to the majority of Americans. I had good intentions, but that went to hell around the time the smell of water made me sick. I was able to continue to workout consistently until about 32 weeks. I ended up with very VERY bad swelling. As in, my legs were swollen, and the skin around my ankles would split open because there was no place left for the water to go. I couldn't fit into any shoes I had any longer. The end of my pregnancy became very painful because the water weight got to be so extreme. I had only gained 25lbs until 32 weeks. Then, in those last few weeks I put on another 30. To say my joints and body hurt from all the weight would be an understatement. We tried everything to get rid of the swelling but nothing helped. I did not develop preclampsia or diabetes during the pregnancy since those would be reasons for the swelling.
Despite how much weight I gained, it truly did prove to be all water weight. My son is barely 3 weeks old and I'm 12 pounds from my pre pregnancy weight. I am already back to wearing most of my pre pregnancy clothes again, too.
Our delivery was amazing. I had wanted to do a pain medicine free birth but found I wasn't managing the pain very well. From the first sign of labor to actually delivering my son, 11 hours passed. When I arrived at the hospital I was already 7cm dilated, got the epidural very quickly, and was able to direct my own delivery. I actually had a peaceful delivery because of the pain medicine. It all went by so quickly and easily, and we even got to sleep during the last part of my labor. My son weighed a very manageable 7lbs, 11oz.
I started working out a week ago, with a little light running. I'm not physically ready to lift weights yet, though I'm dying to pick up a barbell. My husband and I are also doing paleo for the next month to give me a jump start back into working out. Getting in the mindset to workout again makes me feel more like myself again. Having a baby changed things completely, but Crossfit is giving me a little of my "normal" back.
I am also using a belly wrapping method to help with recovery and would highly recommend it. At the very least it covers the left over baby bump when I'm out of the house, and it helps with back ache. I didn't realize how weak my core muscles would be after giving birth.