Just yesterday, celebrity couple Iya Villania and Drew Arellano took to Instagram the big reveal on their second child’s sex via a fun CrossFit Workout of the Day video. But the exercises done by the two, particularly Iya, left some fans a little worried, questioning whether or not doing CrossFit was actually safe even if you’re over 4 to 5 months pregnant already.
With their workout consisting of hanging leg raises, snatches, and rowing, Iya and Drew concluded the intense CrossFit clip with the popping of a balloon, which gave away the color that represented the sex of their new kid (color blue if boy and pink if girl) next to one-year-old Primo. As it turns out, they are having another boy in the family!
Boy oh boy Oh boy.🤪 Another awesome #genderreveal made possible again by @hannah_olives and @javyo! Organizing, documenting and editing all done by the Olives’! Mwaaaah! Big thanks to @anton7reales of @avantgardecrossfit for letting us thrash the box with blue powder!🤪#18.1 #18.1+1 #wearvamos www.WearVamos.com
However, along with tons of congratulations from followers read concern from a few fans, who wondered if it was safe for Iya to be exercising and doing CrossFit several months into pregnancy.
To answer mounting questions, yes, it is harmless for pregnant women to be hitting the box as long as you do the same type of exercises that you’ve been doing and not suddenly increase the level of intensity of your program while with child—reduce intensity a bit, in fact.
Especially if you’ve been an active individual, in most cases it is even advisable to stay active while pregnant. Given a few modifications as your bump increases in size, you should be fine. As also emphasized by one article, as long as your body and your doctor give you the go-signal, you’re good to continue with your regular workout even if it’s all the way up to a few weeks before due date.
Going back to Iya, a known fitness buff since before she had her adorable eldest son Primo, her exciting pregnancy journeys on Instagram have, for the most part, helped educate Filipino families by shedding light on exercising while expecting. Her continuous promotion of an active lifestyle in between career and motherhood is something we can always root for.
Despite all the negativity I would receive during my workouts while pregnant, this is where I gained some confidence and that what I was doing was right and good for both #Primo and I 😊 #GPRepost,#reposter,#notetag @birthfit via @GPRepostApp ======> @birthfit:”I’m pregnant! What should I not do?” That is the email we get most often here at BIRTHFIT. # Here’s what we encourage all women- pregnant and postpartum- to avoid: sit-ups, crunches, knees to chest, toes to bar, and extended periods in plank. Other than those movements, movement recommendations and modifications depend on the mama, her physical, emotional, and mental health, and the desires/goals she has both for birth and within the year after birth. # Each pregnancy and birth is different; therefore, it is important to approach your pregnancy as its own unique experience. You are your own story; not the same as your best friend or sister or even your mother. Just do you, mama! We encourage you to set up a consult with our team and surround yourself with a team of people that know what they are doing. We have affiliates around the United States that cannot wait to help you out. 💚 #BIRTHFIT #fitness #nutrition #chiropractic #mindset #movementislife
Congratulations to Iya and Drew!