2 WEEKS PP

April 30, 2012

ME

I’m still feeling achy in the crotch. Like I was kicked by a horse! Tailbone is doing better though!  It only aches occasionally. My uterus potbelly is smaller everyday! My organs feel like they’re mostly finished doing the cotton-eyed joe. Breathlessness has lessened quite a bit. Only shows up after being up and about for more than 20 minutes. Or after taking the two flights of stairs in our apartment building. I’m still bleeding a little bit. But I’ve gone from telephone book to notepad (if you  know what I mean). 😉

Still more recovery is necessary; but with too little and irregular sleep, it’s difficult to recover confidently.

 

THE BABE

Textbook two-week-old. Sleeps, eats, poops. Cries. Is extremely adorable and “delightfully” unpredictable.

 

OTHER NOTES

We just got back from a ten-minute walk. Our second. My first without hubby. It was lovely outside. She fell asleep in the ergo within minutes!! So she missed the whole thing.

Walking made my crotch hurt. And I walked slowly! I wonder how long it will be before I can do a squat clean?!

Here’s some pics…

Gilliebean, with Olivia, at 2 weeks post partum.

Olivia at 15 days old!

 

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1 WEEK PP

April 23, 2012

I’m sitting with my beautiful little newborn. We’ve just finished a feeding and she’s in a blissful post-milk nap. Active-sleep cycle. She doing great. She’d lost a whole pound of her birth weight in just five days and the ped was concerned but four days later, she was back up 10 ounces so we’re in the clear! Oh the joys and worries of EBF.

As for me, I was shocked by the amount of recovery I needed. I’ll share my complete birth story later but in the meantime, for reference, I’ll share that my labour was 25 hours long – 12 hours of early labour, 10 hours of active labour, and 3 hours of pushing. Even so, I was shocked that when my midwife asked me to go to the bathroom and show her that I could pee (common request for all vaginal births both at home and in a hospital) I was unable to stand or walk on my own. I’d just pushed a baby out! Why couldn’t I stand or walk on my own?!

I ended up needing help to walk for two days straight. I was so breathless for many days after that. Even today, stairs are tiring. Also, it took me a while to be able to lift my legs. A few days at least. I celebrated each time I could get them higher.

It was somewhat fun to watch my uterus shrink back daily. It’s not all the way back to normal yet, but it’s almost there.

Finally. Ow. Who kicked me in the crotch? And why am I still bleeding?


BABY!!

April 16, 2012

Welcome to the world…

Olivia Grace Fritzsche

Olivia Grace, on her birth day.

Born at home at 40 weeks plus 3 days, weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz and measuring 21 inches long.

Birth story to come. 🙂


39 WEEKS PREGGIE

April 9, 2012

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.

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

At 39 weeks, my hormones felt like they normalized. I still have had a few bouts of acidic reflux and my ligaments are even looser. Practice contractions are more frequent and more common. And the babe is getting heavier and heavier. Hiccups are still occurring. Notes from this week’s midwife visit: my blood pressure was 114/62!! Even better than last week!; the babe’s heart-rate was in the 140s; and my fundal height was 39 cm. Right on target again! To the guy who I walked past on the sidewalk who looked at me and said, “Twins!” Take that. My fundal height was right on target for one baby. 😛

I think I dropped over the weekend. My belly was significantly lower on Sunday than it was on Friday. I think it dropped over the course of the day Saturday. But I’ll let my midwife confirm that at our next appointment.

I haven’t had much swelling this week either. Just a tiny bit on the top of my feet on Sunday. Other than that, it’s been pretty good! I chalk that up to proper nutrition and walking and sufficient rest. But who really knows, right? 😉

 

FOOD

At 39 weeks, my appetite is still mildly increasing. Still eating organ meats, pastured eggs, mostly gluten-free, limiting rice and corn, grass-fed beef, sustainably-raised fish and organic fruits and veggies. Still taking these supplements: Vitamin C, enzymes, probiotics, vitamin D, Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules.

 

ACTIVITY

So last week marked the end of my CrossFit journey while pregnant. This week I’ve only been walking. I’m also doing the occasional Cat-Cows (aka Pelvic Tilts). I really miss my box and have been stopping by occasionally to say hi. They have been so great and warm. I can’t wait to get back.

I also can’t wait to use my abs again! I’m looking forward to sleeping on my tummy! I’m looking forward to do ab-mat sit-ups and GHD back extensions. I’m even kinda sorta maybe looking forward to burpees. 😉

OTHER NOTES

Here’s a picture from 39 weeks!

Gilliebean at 39 weeks preggie!

 


38 WEEKS PREGGIE

April 2, 2012

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.

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

At 38 weeks, I’ve felt like I’ve had a serious ramp up of hormones. From intense emotions to acid reflux to even looser ligaments, my body feels like it’s not my own. Everything is heightened. Even my (ever more common) Braxton Hicks contractions feel different; like I can feel them in my chest, my nose, and my head before I actually feel my uterus tighten. And headaches. But no swelling (good!). I’ve also experienced a massively increased appetite which, coupled with the increased acid reflux, isn’t going over well. Finally, I’m feeling really exhausted; but I also have difficulty sleeping because of the belly and the acid reflux. It’s a pretty crazy time period. I understand why women usually are ready to be done done done with pregnancy in their last month! It’s HARD WORK!!

The kid is still getting daily hiccups, so I guess his or her lungs are not yet ready to breath oxygen “out here.” I read online this week that when the baby’s lungs are ready, they secrete a hormone that triggers the elevated oxytocin levels that begin actual labour! Isn’t that amazing!?

Notes from this weeks midwife visit: BP at 120/68, babe’s heart-rate is still in the 140s, the babe is still head down, facing right and the fundal height is still right on target. Every thing is still a go for home birth. 🙂

 

FOOD

At 38 weeks, my appetite has increased (as I mentioned above), but I’m not really able to eat more because so has my acid reflux! I’m just eating more often, but smaller meals. It’s so weird. Before I  was pregnant, I really subscribed to the “Mastering Leptin” strategy of eating that helps to control hormone regulation: eat three balanced meals a day and Do. Not. Snack. But now snacking is so much a part of my routine. Once I deliver this babe, I plan to go back to the do-not-snack plan because it really does help me maintain hormone regulation (which helps maintain my health and body-fat-percentage); but for now, I just need to keep eating whole, real foods because my hormones are doing their own thing with the pregnancy. Right?

I’d stopped eating the organ meats a few weeks ago and I’m wondering if that was a mistake. I didn’t do it on purpose. I just started choosing other meats. I still have two pounds left in the fridge. I plan to gobble up both of them before my due date (and I have more arriving in the mail). I think that perhaps the recent appearance of mild stretch marks is a result of having halted my organ-meat consumption. Also, there are some who theorize that the presence of stretch marks is a predictor of perineal tearing; however, there are plenty of examples of women who didn’t have any stretch marks and tore horribly and women who had lots of stretch marks and didn’t tear at all. Either way, I plan to continue to do what I can to nourish myself and my skin.

Supplements I’m still taking: Vitamin C, enzymes, probiotics, vitamin D, Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules. I stopped taking magnesium (not sure why).

ACTIVITY

March 28, 2012

I made it to the box today! Power cleans were on the schedule and I can’t resist power cleans. 😉

Here’s the WOD…

  • 500M Row
  • Power Cleans: 3/3/3 @ 65/75/85% 1rm
  • 5 RFT of: 3 Power Cleans (BW/.75 BW) / 6 C2B Pull Up / 9 GHD Sit UPs
  • 10 minute AMRAP of: 10 Push Ups / 15 Ball Slams / 20 Double Unders

Here’s what I did…

  • 500M Row => 2:23
  • Power Cleans: (WU 10×15, 5×35) 3×45, 45, 65, 75, 80
  • 5 RFT of: 3 Power Cleans @ 65# / 6 mod ring rows / 9 cat-cows =>5:49
  • 7 min AMRAP of: 10 mod ring Push Ups / 10 Air Squats => 4 rounds + 10 + 8
I’m really happy with my row time. I was taking it easy and going for long strokes and longer recovery time. Amazingly, I stayed at about 29 spm.
My 1RM for Power Cleans is 110. I achieved this at about 17 weeks preggie (Nov 1). So obviously I kept these lighter than Rx. But I did more sets. I was also curious, because of OneFitMom’s comment last week, how straight my bar path is. So I set up my iPhone and shot two videos. Enjoy!
On the first met-con, I obviously scaled way down. There’s no way I can do 75% of my body weight. Also, I think I’m done with pull-ups until after I give birth just because of clumsiness and awkwardness and the looseness of my ligaments! Ring rows were much better. Finally, GHD sit-ups. … Yeah.
Coach Iz and I decided last week that I’m done with ball slams. And I’ve been done with double-unders for a while now. So why get complicated? So for the second met-con, I just decided on an easy couplet. That said, the ring push-ups were definitely harder than I’d anticipated. Both because I haven’t done push-ups in a while and because my ligaments are looser now!
All in all, a crazy good workout. And I’m glad I went. 🙂
March 29, 2012
I walked 1/4 mile.
March 30, 2012
I walked 1/2 mile.
April 1, 2012
Here’s today’s WOD:
  • Tabata Row
  • Tabata Air Squats
  • Tabata Rope Undulation
  • Hang Cleans (above the knee): 3/3/3/1/1 (Max Effort)
  • 15 minute AMRAP of: 15 DeadLift (155/115) / 15 Lateral Bar Burpee / 15 Toes-2-Bar
Here’s what I did:
  • Tabata Row => 70, 73, 72, 71, 70, 67, 68 m
  • Tabata Box Squats => 9, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 6, 7 (Total 59)
  • Tabata Rope Undulation
  • Hang Cleans => 3×35, 3×45, 3×55, 1×65 (PR!), 1×75 (PR!)
  • 15 min AMRAP of: 15 Sumo Dead-lifts at 65# / 15 Baby Burpees / 15 Knee Raises => 3 rounds + 15 + 15 + 13

Yes, the Row was only 7 rounds. I mis-programed my rower. Oops! And those box squats were slow as molasses, eh? I decided to do box squats to save my round ligaments from potential pain. Still amazed at how slow I went.

My previous PR for Hang Cleans was 60# back in September (I was about 9 weeks preggie).

It was a fun class. I felt tired at the end of the day; but good tired.

OTHER NOTES

Here’s a picture from 38 weeks!

Gilliebean at 38 Weeks Preggie!

It’s getting so close! I actually could go into labour at any minute, or it could be another three weeks! Nobody knows! My mother and I are betting on April 10th (even though my due date is April 12th and it’s my first baby). April 6th is the full moon. And according to every stranger on the street, I am going to give birth “today!” 😉