Jul 08 2014

Climbing With Kids: Recovery Mode

When it comes to learning about the whole pregnancy experience, all you hear about are the months of anticipation, the growing pains you should enjoy along the way, and what to expect during the actual labor. It’s like it’s all designed to get you ready for that one great miracle moment of life. But funnily enough, right after that magical moment is over, it’s like, “You’re on your own, best of luck!”   The whole recovery experience afterward is not something I was really prepared for, nor was it something that I...

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Jun 25 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Month 9: Letting Go and Holding On

By month 9, everyone was asking me the same question: “Aren't you done being pregnant?" It’s funny. Until people started asking me that, it hadn't really occurred to me to feel as if I should be “done.” It was just the state I was in; I didn't feel as if I despised my pregnant body or anything like that. By that point, I had found my groove. I was able to go on my daily walks, accompany Randy and friends climbing during the day, and generally carry on my normal...

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Apr 22 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Month 8: In the Wake of Tragedy, Enjoying My Last Two Months of Pregnancy

As I wrote earlier, Month Six was my best month of the pregnancy. An unseasonably warm winter in the Sierras allowed me to continue climbing in Yosemite. I was feeling healthy, happy and in a groove, with regular trips to the Manure Pile Buttress to do some easy but enjoyable “trad walking” on climbs up to 5.8.   It was that month in Yosemite that I continued to bump into my friend, and fellow Yosemite resident, Sean “Stanley” Leary. His wife, Mieka, is also pregnant and one month behind me. We talked...

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Apr 14 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Slowing down in Month 7

After having my best month yet last month, I was optimistic that I would ride that feel-good wave through the rest of my pregnancy. Alas, by month 7, I found myself looking round, feeling slow and becoming increasingly useless.   When you’re a health-conscious, athletic person, there are a few things in life that you’d never imagine yourself experiencing: like having to wear loose, over-sized clothing or waddling around like a stuffed penguin on flat ground. I was plus 25 pounds, and feeling every one of them.   I didn't climb at all this...

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Apr 07 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Interview with Long Huynh, OB/GYN and climber

One of the many messages I received after I started blogging about climbing and pregnancy was from Long Huynh, an OB/GYN and climber living in Boulder, CO. She had collaborated with Climbing Magazine a few years back to do a very brief summary of climbing during pregnancy. However, I had many specific questions, as did a bunch of you that I thought would be great to get answered by a medical professional. What she gave me was above and beyond and more than helpful. There is so much information below...

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Apr 01 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Caroline George Interview

When I published some of my first blogs on climbing while pregnant, I got a barrage of messages and notes from women around the world who had been through the same thing. Some of them I knew and some of them I didn't. Caroline George is someone who reached out to me in the very first months. Although I don't know Caroline personally, we have many many mutual friends and she's been a great source of information for me.   Caroline holds the prestigious title of IFMGA certified guide, something only a...

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Mar 25 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Finger strength exercises

Hi Beth -   First off, let me say thank you for getting this subject out there and talked about. I have run into women at the crag and in the gym who talk about your blog all the time. Some have children and some never want kids, but it has started a dialogue, so thank you!   I know that you have mentioned that you have tapered back on climbing because of your extremely loose joints. I am 3 months pregnant and have noticed that my joints are also getting very loose. But...

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Mar 13 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Martina Cufar Interview

I first met Martina Cufar at the X Games. We were both young climbers competing against the greats of the sport (Liv Sansoz, Katie Brown, etc). Her climbing always impressed me, so strong, so focused and so smooth. Over the years I would see her at other X Games and World Cups, dominating with her quiet demeanor.   As we both slowly left the competition scene, Martina had several World Cup podium finishes and a first place at the famous Arco Rock Masters event under her belt. She went on to climb...

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Mar 06 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Month 6: Reaching False Summits and Continuing the Climb

Hitting month 6 felt like reaching a glorious summit compared to where I had been, especially during my first few months of pregnancy. Back in months one and two especially, I was tired, nauseous all the time, scared and alone. “I really don’t understand how anyone could possibly enjoy this,” I thought to myself, daily.   But by the time I reached month 6, I had gotten into a groove. I was enjoying my regular trad-walking in Yosemite. And most important, I finally started blogging about my pregnancy. To be open and...

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Feb 28 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Thoughts and Perspective from Miri in Germany

  Hi Beth -  I just read your blog about your pregnancy! Really cool and of course congratulations!! I am not a professional climber but a very enthusiastic and passionate climber - and we're parents of a 1.5 year old girl. When I became pregnant I was insecure about climbing and bouldering and about our climbing after the birth. My doctor is really cool and is really sporty himself and he kept supporting me in doing sports and of course in climbing. We went in the gym 4-6 times a week, I belayed...

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