“I think the biggest message that I’m trying to get out there is, ‘Take the time when you’re pregnant. Don’t look at it as a, ‘okay, what can I still do?’ because we all have that feeling of ‘ok, I gotta keep doing this for as long as I can because coming back is going to be so hard… but don’t look at is as what can you still do, but ‘what should I be doing?’… You might still be able to be kipping pull-ups, and it might feel fine, or you might still be able to be… I don’t know, lots of things. But, reining it in during that chapter, I think, is so important. It doesn’t mean you can’t CrossFit. I mean, there’s millions of things to do.” – Lisa Kozian Ryan
As a long-time CrossFitter and member of Valley CrossFit’s Regionals team, Lisa Ryan entered pregnancy in fantastic health. When she became pregnant with her first child shortly following Regionals, she continued to exercise with modifications as she “listened to her body” and followed the advice of her doctor and her coaches. Following her son’s birth, she slowly resumed working out, taking care to keep weights lighter at first and slowly rebuild her core.
At 8 months post-partum, she found that she had lost all her baby weight and yet still had a hard, protruding stomach. After consulting with several doctors and getting no answers, with the help of a friend, she discovered she had diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal wall. She began modifying her workouts and seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist, and with time, her separation decreased. During her second pregnancy, Lisa worked with a team of coaches and therapists to improve her breathing techniques and alignment, and to set up her pelvic floor and abdominals to work together and to be strong to support her pregnancy and recovery.
Today, Lisa is still working to heal her diastasis recti, and she is on a mission to share her message with other moms and moms-to-be that pregnancy and postpartum recovery require specific training and rehabilitative protocols, and that the type of training you do during this time can have lasting effects.
In this episode we discuss:
Ep 23 – Lindsey Valenzuela on Pregnancy, Affiliate Ownership, and Competition
Ep 41 – Graham and Savanna Holmberg: From Fittest Man, to Faith and Family
Ep 81 – Postpartum Training and the Road Back to the CrossFit Games with Lindsey Valenzuela
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