This is a series on being a pregnant paleo/primal Crossfitter. I found out that I was pregnant in August 2011. My due date is in April 2012. I post each week about my Crossfit workouts, what I’m eating and various pregnancy symptoms. Just because I can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it; but you can use my blog as research for your own prescription!

I recommend checking out a few other blogs of women who are paleo and pregnant, or crossfitting and pregnant or both! Here’s a few favs: One Fit Mom, Joyful Abode, and Fitness Editor Blog.


At 33 weeks, the babe is still getting hiccups at least once daily. Also, he or she is still moving a bunch after I eat. Every so often the babe tries to stretch out and my belly looks like a football for about a minute or so. It’s hilarious!

My cold symptoms are gone. Yay! I am blessed to have the time and freedom to rest as needed during this pregnancy. I know that many women have to keep working up until they go into active labour and I am relieved to not be one of those women. I work, but it’s at home, at my desk, with no supervisors, near my living room; so I can take a nap when I need to do so.

On Friday night, I had an ache in the bottom right side of my uterus for about four hours. I wasn’t sure if it was the two to three hours of driving I did (unusual for me since I moved to NYC *and* since getting preggie) or if it was the half a mug of chamomile tea I had before I remembered that preggies aren’t supposed to drink chamomile tea (because it stimulates the uterus and can contribute to pre-term labour!)! I put a hot pad on the sore spot for 15 minutes and when I woke up in the morning it was fine.


At 33 weeks, after a few days of low-ish carb and a few high-carb days, my poofiness is less fat and more pregnant. Whew! I’m going to continue to restrict carbs on a cyclical basis in order to maintain my health and to try to avoid a “too large” baby. My mother visited this weekend and she said that I’m looking lovely and healthy. She may be biased; but she’s always been honest with me about how I’m looking (for the sake of my own health and happiness, of course), so I trust her judgement. 😉

We had Oscar Night here last night and I had all gluten-free snacks, but they were not all paleo. Just being honest…

I started taking the Vitamin C for the cold symptoms and have continued because of my midwife’s suggestion (re strengthening the amniotic sack). I’m not yet at 34 weeks, so I haven’t started the Evening Primrose Oil (also her recommendation, to help ripen the uterus). I’m still taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules, Enzymes, Probiotics and an occasional dose of prenatal vitamins.


February 21, 2012

Today I did the Kettlebell Technique class again. I love it! Here’s what I did:

  • 400 m run => 2:45
  • 50 Goblet Squats FT w/ 18# => 1:32
  • 5 rounds FT of: 1 rope climb (mod) / 20 KB swings (US) w/ 26# / 7 pull ups (with green band) / 15 KB high pull w/ 26# => 14:40
  • 4 rounds of: 45 seconds of max effort rope stuff
  • 5 Turkish Get-ups, each arm (unweighted)

I got a Braxton Hicks contraction during the run. Oops.

I think I might have done 60 Goblet Squats; but I wasn’t going as deep as I should on account of my new pants that kinda restricted my range of motion. I won’t wear those pants anymore. Bad pants!

Regarding the MetCon: I was really happy with the fact that I actually *did* the modified rope climb. This is the first time since getting preggie.

And, this is the first time I’ve done Turkish Get-ups! Ever!! Thanks to Coach Iz for the brilliant idea to do them unweighted. Seriously. I hadn’t thought of that. Now I’ve done them. And I feel proud.

Also, thanks to Coach Iz for being careful with me today. As much as I put on a macho front, I am highly aware of what I can and can’t do and I appreciate you always checking with me to make sure that I’m comfortable.

February 25, 2012

Here’s today’s WOD:

  • For Time: 100 Jumping Jacks
  • For Time: 50 Squats (75/45) / 5 Rope Climb / 40 Squats (75/45) / 4 Rope Climb / 30 Squats (75/45) / 3 Rope Climb / 20 Squats (75/45) / 2 Rope Climb / 10 Squats  (75/45) / 1 Rope Climb
  • Axel Clean and Jerk: 3/3/3 (Max Effort)

And here’s what I did!

  • 100 jumping jacks FT => 1:27
  • 50 back sq / 5 mod rope climbs / 40 sq / 4 rope / 30 sq / 3 rope / 20 sq / 2 rope / 10 sq / 1 rope FT => 18:05
  • Axle Grip Clean & Jerks => (wu 3×25) 3×45, 3×60, 3×75
I didn’t really scale a thing! Sure, I was doing the modified rope climb but so were most of the other peeps. I felt like I could have done heavier Axle Grip Clean & Jerks (with the fat bar) but I didn’t want to tucker myself out. Still… Yay!


Here’s a photo that I took myself…

Gilliebean at 33 Weeks Preggie!

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