Why I don’t recommend kipping beyond the first trimester.

Us CrossFitters love our kipping- it helps us do sexy gymansty stuff. But it’s not the best idea if someone is pregnant. Here’s why.

Let’s think about the kip. It’s broken down into the hollow swing and the arch swing. Both of those positions can cause symptoms/issues in pregnant athletes. In the hollow position, there is increased stress and demand on the abdominals. In the arch position, the abdominals are put on stretch – especially for those who over-exaggerate or "break" the kip.

Increased demand on the abdominals = increased likelihood of coning.

Increased stretch to the abdominals = increased likelihood of coning.

Coning is a visual representation of the diastasis occurring along the linea alba of the rectus abdominus. The diastasis occurring is completely normal during pregnancy – however we don’t want to give additional pressure to an area that’s under stress. Putting preventable pressure/stress on that area increases the risk of a larger diastasis, possible hernia, possible pelvic floor issues.

Here is a picture of me coning by simply hanging from the bar during my pregnancy.

Here is a picture of me coning by simply hanging from the bar during my pregnancy.

Risk vs reward. Is kipping in workouts worth the possible risks mentioned above? In my opinion, no. Coaches, it’s your job to monitor your athletes and let them know the risks associated with movements/action. Athletes, it’s your decision to make, but make it with as much information and knowledge as possible.

If you want to learn more about coaching pregnant and postpartum athletes head over to the Resources tab, and check out the link to Brianna Battles' course.