When I was pregnant with James Michael, I continued to CrossFit about four times a week and felt strong up until the end. Sure, I had to tweak the WODs after I hit 20 weeks, but I followed CrossFit Addiction‘s programming for the most part. I still lifted respectable weight (for someone carrying extra weight) and would do a pullup or box jump every couple weeks just to prove to myself I could.
My WODs this second pregnancy have definitely been different. I squeeze in a quick WOD between two classes at the gym if James or another gym member has a few minutes to watch JM. But honestly, most of the time I’m keeping an extra eye on him while on the rower or doing kettlebell swings because he’s a toddler and into e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. And obviously a gym with people throwing around heavy weights is an extremely precarious environment.
Now that we’ve moved into our new house just a mile from the gym, James has dropped off some extra equipment so that I can have a garage gym and WOD whenever I get a free chance. Too bad all my free time has been taken up getting our house ready, but that will slow down in the next week and I’ll be able to focus on knocking out some basic WODs once JM goes to bed at night and the temperature cools off just a bit. Plus, once little Beau comes, it will be a month before I make it to the gym, so having some workout options at home will be crucial to staying active.
Regardless of how many times I make it to the gym each week or if I do an alternate WOD in the garage or at a park, I still want to ‘represent.’ A couple months ago I was on the hunt for some CrossFit maternity shirts. I ordered a few off Zazzle.com, and though I liked the designs, the shirts themselves fit horribly. They were too wide and boxy and too short so that they barely covered my bump.
This prompted me to consider printing my own CrossFit shirts for expecting mamas. I searched for a wholesale supplier of maternity blanks, but the few companies that carried maternity shirts seem to use the same guidelines for fit. And though that fit may work for some pregnant women, it most certainly would not work for any pregnant athletes, especially CrossFitters. What I needed was a shirt that was longer and more fitted that showed off the bump instead of covering it up with a billowy tent.
So I looked in my closet to check out my favorite maternity shirts, and I kept coming back to some basic cotton maternity tanks by Old Navy. I have several colors in small and medium sizes to fit me throughout my pregnancy. I wore them underneath sweaters and cardigans during my winter pregnancy with James Michael, and with Beau I wear them alone as a workout top or with shorts, capris and maxi skirts. They are super versatile and the fabric is soft.
So that’s the maternity tank I chose for my CrossFit design. I gave my design concept to an old coworker who opened her own design business, and she whipped up just what I was looking for in no time.
I have a couple more design ideas up my sleeve, but wanted to start small to see how this initial batch would fare. Am I the only pregnant CrossFitter who can’t find any decent CrossFit maternity clothes that don’t cost $50+? I guess we’ll see.
If you’re interested in a tank, you can purchase one from my Etsy shop:
Hopefully, I’ll be able to add more color options and designs in the future.
Without further adieu, here’s my first design (and try to overlook my squinting):
For a size reference, I’m wearing a medium at 35 weeks pregnant. I’m 5’7″ and have gained 22 lbs as of last week.