A BLOG RETROSPECTIVE — AND SOME EXCITING NEWS

I wrote this blog’s inaugural post almost two-and-a-half years ago.

I was heavily into CrossFit, weightlifting, trail running, snowshoeing, yacht racing and The Paleo Diet. I was also 14 weeks pregnant, and struggling to find information to support my view that I could, for the most part, continue to maintain my healthy and active lifestyle during pregnancy.

At the time, I was able to find only one solitary blog detailing a woman’s experience of CrossFitting and eating Paleo throughout her pregnancy. The blog was deleted a short time later, long before Oliver was born. The only other existing resource was the CrossFit Mom site, which has weathered the test of time and is still around today.

Other than that, it seemed I was on my own. So I set out to create the blog that I wished existed before my pregnancy. The blog was mostly for me — a place to document my pregnancy journey and work through some of the unconventional ideas I had. I didn’t know if it would continue beyond the pregnancy. I didn’t know if anyone would stumble upon it — and if they did, whether they’d even be interested in reading it.

For the first few weeks, my blog stats showed that I had precisely two regular visitors: J and my mother. Then, about five weeks later, Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple kindly included my blog in his “Weekend Link Love” feature, and it all took off from there.

In the two-and-a-half years that have followed, I have seen dozens more Paleo-CrossFit-Pregnancy blogs emerge in the blogosphere, which is incredibly exciting to me, because it means that this stuff is becoming mainstream! Women all over the world are refusing to blindly follow obsolete guidelines, and are instead making their own well-informed decisions about their pre- and post-natal health, and how they want to raise their children.

Through blogging — and reading other peoples’ nutrition and fitness blogs — I’ve learned a lot about how to critically analyze information, especially when it comes to the methodology used for research studies, and the often faulty conclusions that are drawn.

Looking back, many of my original prenatal diet and exercise posts were a little heavy on “anecdata” and light on supporting references. Three of my top five “all-time” most viewed posts (which, interestingly, were all written in the first month of this blog’s life) fall into this category: Pregnancy Myth #2: No Heavy Lifting; Pregnancy Myth #3: No Sit-ups After the First Trimester; and Pregnancy and the Paleo Diet. I’d like to start rewriting some of these posts over the next few months — making them more informative and well-researched.

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In other news… yesterday, my blog’s Facebook page reached 1000 likes! This is a huge milestone that I never imagined I could reach.

The proof (in case I lose a bunch of fans before this post goes live :) ).

Proof that it happened. In case I lose a bunch of fans by the time this post goes live 🙂

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But actually, that’s not the exciting part of this post. For that, I will defer to my son, who is a far more entertaining deliverer of news than I could ever hope to be:

Just like when I first began OneFitMom (then called “PaleoCrossfitPregnancy”), I am currently 14 weeks pregnant!

It seems like a fitting opportunity to return to this blog’s roots and do some more writing about the topics that originally drew people here: nutrition and exercise in the context of pregnancy. Of course just because I am pregnant doesn’t mean I get to stop parenting my toddler, so there will still be plenty of posts along those lines, but it will be interesting for me to revisit what I thought during my first pregnancy, and see if it still holds true.

Here’s to new adventures :).

Baby #2 at 12 weeks gestation.

Baby #2 at 12 weeks gestation.

35 responses to “A BLOG RETROSPECTIVE — AND SOME EXCITING NEWS

  1. Congratulations! You’ll be one of those mommies who makes having two kids look easy. 🙂 We’re looking forward to more adventures!

    I managed to exercise a lot when pregnant with D. and 1-4 times a week after she was born, but now with two in tow it’s getting to the point where I can’t remember my last foray into the gym. Hmm. I am a super pedi-cab though and I shuttle those two all over town, so all exercise is not lost–it’s just not at the gym and well it involves no kettlebells or other exciting equipment (except a bike and sometimes a jump rope!). I definitely find this mommy job to be all-encompassing.

    • Haha, I might make it *look* easy, but behind the scenes I will be making myself crazy trying to keep up with everything :).

      I’m really not sure how the whole gym thing is going to pan out once there are two little ones in the picture. We are hoping to hire a part-time nanny, since I have to be able to devote at least some time to my new business, so hopefully I can continue to fit the gym in a couple of times a week, on my work days.

      I am sure that cycling all around town with a toddler and a preschooler more than makes up for not being able to go to the gym. That’s hardcore! 🙂

  2. Congratulations!!! I have followed your page when I got pregnant with my second. I was cross fitting till 34 weeks and she decided to want to come out so I have to hold off.
    I had a healthy baby girl normal breach delivery in three hours. — I still think that keeping fit and being active has something to do with my quick labour. My first daughter I had her in two hours.
    My second Bub is now 10mos— I’ve lost 20kgs over the past six mos going back to cross fitting and healthy eating.
    Thanks you for your blog! It sure does inspire people and very informative.

  3. Congratulations – that is wonderful news!! I too followed your blog while pregnant and have since stumbled across many other pregnancy and paleo (and both) blogs, i love them all! Have you read “Primal Moms Look Good Naked”? It’s nice to see a hard copy format out there other than “The Mother of All pregnancy” or “What to Expect..” books…

    • I’ve not read it, and didn’t even know it existed. Thanks for the recommendation – it looks like a great book, and I agree that sometimes it’s just nice to have a physical book!

  4. So happy for you guys!!! I found your blog when I was preggers with my 4th, over a year ago now, and loved it from day 1. I;m so glad your name is getting out there more and more, you are a wealth of information. Congrats on baby #2, 1000 likes, and doing it right! 🙂

    • Thank you! Your blog, too, has been a wealth of information, especially for meal ideas and meal planning.

      P.S. I’m pretty sure your mention of me on your Facebook page a few days ago was instrumental in me hitting 1000 likes this week, so thanks 😉

  5. SO EXCITING! I’m (selfishly) exited to be sharing this journey with one of my favorite mom bloggers too – I’m 12 weeks with my second child today! The video with Oliver is too adorable.

  6. Congratulations Carli! I sure wish I had the courage to do it again, but for us the sole heir is enough 🙂 I wish you a happy, healthy pregnancy, a good time revisiting and learning more about your passion, and a speedy recovery post-partum. Love from the city, Sue, Mark + Jack.

    • Thanks, Sue, for the good wishes. The jury is still out on whether the decision was a matter of courage or stupidity 😉 There was definitely a period where Oliver was working hard to ensure he remained an only child.

  7. Yay! You crafty lady, keeping silent for so long. 😉 I blab the second I can!
    I’m with Bethany. Excited to be right along with you this time!
    Per your response to Sue. Prier to getting knocked up with #2 my husband was watching my dear nephews play during a visit. There was of course a few tiffs and “that’s Mine” moment. He walked up to me and said “Maybe just one is enough…”. A few short months later he was begging for another baby. It’s amazing what those sweet little twerps make us do 😉

    • I was dying to say something when you posted that comment a couple of weeks ago, but alas… we hadn’t even told our families by that point. You are about 17 weeks now?

  8. yay congrats!! i’m in week 15 with my first, and the advice i get here in sweden are as scary as the north american ones. they mean well, but that much bread would make me puke… well, more than i usual do these days… so i am def looking forward to following your blog and advice and ideas!

  9. YAY! So happy for you! I am not pregnant but i love reading about it nonetheless. I also love your parenting philosophy and your food posts and really I just love your entire blog!

  10. I would love to see an article about diastasis rectus (separated abdominal muscles). I actually had a 2 finger separation before my pregnancy, and even had an umbilical hernia repair before my pregnancy as well! Both were probably due to a weak/lazy core and tranverse abdominis (TrA) specifically. At the end of my pregnancy, I found a PT in the area who specializes in core rehab and have now almost closed the diastis that was increased in size during my pregnancy. Her website has great info:
    http://www.thetummyteam.com/

    Because of what I have learned there, I will likely never be doing crunches or situps for exercise again, nor would I recommend them to anyone to do pregnant or not. Maintaining a contraction of my TrA will be my limiting factor when strength training, i.e. the rest of me is stronger than my core, but I will stop doing my pushups, etc. when I feel that I can’t maintain that TrA contraction- all in order to avoid causing a diastasis rectus again. There are other exercises (isometric) to keep the core strong without stressing the connective tissue of the linea alba.

    • Wow, not that I thought I was the only one, but I haven’t heard of many others that have had this. I went into my first pregnancy with (what I thought) were awesome abdominal muscles. I developed diastis rectus after having my daughter and at some point between my first and second developed a small umbilical hernia. The only advice I get from our doctor and some of the trainers at my gym is to not do sit-ups or other abdominal crunch like exercises. I was also told not to have the hernia repaired until we’re finished having children, so that kind of further complicates things. My abdominal area is just a mess now. I’ll definitely check out The Tummy Team.

      I would be interested in a blog post on abdominal muscles, pelvic floor integrity and whatnot… 🙂

  11. Hi Jenn,
    That’s a great topic for a blog post! I was reading a similar thing the other day about exercise and pelvic floor integrity – how if that is a woman’s “limiting factor,” she should exercise within the range that allows her maintain its integrity, the same way one would do with any other muscular limitation.

  12. Wow that’s amazing news! I’ve followed this blog from the beginning of my pregnancy and your parenting advise is a constant source of inspiration to me since Oliver’s about a year older than my son.
    Congrats on the pregnancy! I see myself planning a second one in the near future and will continue to follow your blog closely!
    Thank you so much for the link! 🙂

  13. Wow! Congratulations!! This is great news! I will be looking forward to read those very good post. I know they’ll be awesome! Thank you for sharing this!

  14. Congrats on the new little bundle you are growing! Your blog actually inspired my blog for the same reasons you outline above. There wasn’t much information readily available to those of us who are thinking of or are already pregnant and wanting to continue leading a paleo / active lifestyle. Because of your blog I did my research and was able to continue lifting weights, doing core work, boxing and eating gluten / processed free through my entire pregnancy. My last weight training session while pregnant was 2 days before my baby girl was born. 🙂 I now love looking through Oliver’s eats and getting ideas for my baby girls foods. Keep it up momma! You are an inspiration.

  15. Congrats to you!
    Thank you for your blog!! I have been crossfitting for about 2.5 years now and just found out we’re pregnant. Our first pregnancy- very excited! I do follow a modified Paleo diet (about 90% strict) I look forward to reading your past and future posts. I too am hoping to continue working out as long as possible.

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