Programming for Pregnant
& Postpartum Weightlifters
The snatch and the clean and jerk. They’re beautiful. We love them.
Weightlifting has really grown to be popular for female athletes over the past decade, largely due to CrossFit. More and more women are showing how strong they can be. Over the last 10 years or so, weightlifting has really grown for female athletes due in large part to CrossFit. When your motherhood journey begins, you may worry that you may need to hang up your belt and put your lifters away… and maybe grab some light dumbbells. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to do this!
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our Weightlifting MEMBERSHIP is right for you!
The Barbell Mamas’ weightlifting program has two streams: one for pregnant athletes, and one for postpartum athletes. When barbell training during pregnancy, or returning to barbell training after giving birth, there are considerations and modifications to reduce the risk of any pelvic floor issues like leaking or pain.
This is a 3-5 day/week program that’s 45-75 minutes long (depending on which options you pick), that helps you continue training with your barbell during your pregnancy and get back on the platform or lifting your best after childbirth.
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Programming that follows the timeline of your pregnancy
Movements like the snatch will be modified as you progress throughout your pregnancy, to ensure you don’t develop bad habits when returning to weightlifting postpartum
We ditch the belt and change how you breath to reduce pressure on your pelvic floor
Teaches proper breathing mechanics to reduce strain on the pelvic floor as you progress through your pregnancy
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Programming provides modifications for different methods of birth (i.e. vaginal, c-section)
Designed to help you recover and return to weightlifting safely
This program gradually returns you to Valsalva (holding your breath with lifting) as well as weightlifting belts
Considers what your body has been through with birth while also getting you strong for the platform
Athletes can add or remove pelvic health filters, depending on how they feel and how they're recovering
All Memberships Include:
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! We welcome athletes of all levels! We encourage you to post videos on our members-only Facebook group for feedback, especially the snatch and clean and jerk. For this sport, we recognize the benefit of 1-on-1 coaching for these very technical movements.
No! You can benefit from our strength training program as a recreational beginner to a long-term competitor.
All of the programming at The Barbell Mamas is specifically designed with pregnant and postpartum athletes in mind. Modifications and considerations are included in programming, so you can still participate in powerlifting!
Yes! There is a structured deload every 4-10 weeks in this program. Ramping up and backing off are so important for athletes of all levels.
No. We recognize that every person’s body is different, and what they need to get their body ready for movements will be different too. If you have any questions about how you specifically should warm up, we can answer that question in our members-only Facebook group!
We generally suggest that you should wait at least 6 weeks after vaginal or Cesarean delivery. Your C-section scar should be closed and healed (no scabs, pussing or fluid leaking). Vaginally, you should have any stitches mostly removed and minimal bleeding.
Yes! If you’d like to work one-on-one with one of our coaches, we have individualized programming available. Click here to get to our online store.
This program is created by Christina Prevett, a CrossFit coach, athlete, powerlifting competitor, pelvic floor physical therapist and mom who’s worked with athletes of all levels in a variety of sports for almost 10 years.