20/09/2013 13:30
Mother sparks outrage for weightlifting two weeks before her due date

Heavily pregnant weightlifter branded 'selfish'



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Lea-Ann Ellison is eight and a half months pregnant, the point when most mums-to-be take the time to relax and unwind before the little one arrives.

But this 35-year-old has other plans for preparing to go into labour. Lea-Anne, a CrossFit enthusiast from Los Angeles, posted photos of herself lifting heavy weights on Facebook while heavily pregnant and has since received a huge backlash from commenters.

Lea-Ann has defended her decision to lift weights in her condition, saying: "8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity. I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years and ... strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body's capabilities to kick ass."

But some angry commenters aren't convinced that this is a safe exercise to do when only two weeks away from your due date. Josh Giannapolous said: "Cross fit? This goes way beyond a way of life, and right into an obsession.

"She is very selfish for endangering a life for her own personal gains and achievements. This is not a proud picture to post."

So - is this level of exercise safe to do so far along into a pregnancy? We spoke to a qualified midwife working in central London to find out the facts.

"National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) guidelines state that women are fine to do moderate to light exercise during pregnancy, but to stay away from contact sports", she told us.

"The guidelines don't say anything specifically about weightlifting, and because Lea-Ann has been doing this for many years, I don't think there would be a problem with it. But that's unique to her situation.

"Obesity in pregnant women is a big problem at the moment, so in general it's good to promote women exercising during pregnancy. Each woman just has to look at their own situation and seek advice if they have any questions."

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20/09/2013 15:09
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Good for her, Its not new exercise to her and her body will have adapted to her pregnancy as it progressed just like anyone else. Plenty of active women continue the same routines during pregnancy which is much healthier than sitting on your arse all day. If  the activity is something your used to doing and your doctors say your in good health with no problems why not. I think the problem people have here is not that she is exercising but that she is doing an activity most women cant relate to. Would people be having a go at her if she was swimming or running.
20/09/2013 15:36
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shock, horror, doesnt every one know that back when we lived out in the wilds if a tiger/lion/killer TB badger attacked the village, the husband used to say to the animals "hey Mr lion, cant you see she is pregant and cant do any exercise or run away" he would wag his finger at the animal and it would walk away with its head held in shame.

 

what a namby pamby world we live in now, not that long again most women were walking miles to get water (as they do in some places still today) and having to lift and carry washing and food as they tried to keep a family going - they couldnt sit on their rears and do nothing. well down madam. i tip my hat to you for being pregant not "sick".

yes i am a bloke.

20/09/2013 15:09
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go for it Lea-Ann!   every father & bloke in the world is wishing you and other mum's to be the best as the fitter you are then the healthier the baby will be because of all the blood being pumped around your body which helps you AND the baby/babies.   please DO ignore people, especially men, who say they are 'horrified' as they are probably small-minded and would make you laugh out loud if you saw their small size in bed.   Our bodies are better able to dispose of any toxins etc if we exercised like you.

Toby
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I honestly cannot believe who any body can be "outraged" by this?  This woman should be applauded.  It goes to show how "soft" we in the Western world have got when someone exercising whilst pregnant can be criticised by some idiotic sections of society.  My goodness, women in Africa, India, China, etc often do back-breaking work up to the day they give birth, have the child and (assuming the birth went ok) they are back working within a day or two.  It's only because we are lucky enough to live in a first world country that our woman can afford to be so decadent.  I'm not saying we shouldn't enjoy the privilege we have but get some perspective people!  A little hard physical work will not be dangerous for either mother or baby and in fact probably does a lot of good.  Certainly a lot more so than all the obese mothers we are seeing.
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If the Doc  say it's OK then I say go for it girl.
20/09/2013 16:33
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Healthy, active pregnant woman. There should be more of them. End of.
20/09/2013 16:25
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good for her I say she's pregnant for gods sake not disabled,

 she will probably get moaned at if she decided to breast feed in public too

the people who like to moan about such things shouldn't bloody look.

20/09/2013 18:41
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This is a disgrace! How dare she eat healthy and exercise.
20/09/2013 17:24
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OUTRAGE OVER EVERYTHING ... EXCEPT .. CATHOLIC CHURCH PEDOPHILES ...

 

Priorities??   something wrong somewhere. ..

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Oh what does it matter; why all the fuss??  When you think of all the heavily pregnant women out there on public transport , heavy buggy in one hand and an even heavier toddler on their hip!!!  I used to carry my little boy everywhere with me right up till I was 9 months gone with his baby sister, not to mention all the housework, gardening, shifting wheelie bins, petrol mower, vacuum cleaner etc!!!  It does a pregnant woman good to keep fit rather than sit in an arm chair all day complaining of aches and pains!!!
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Crossfit rules and if people want to comment about putting a baby's health at risk they should look deep into their own lives of processed foods, malnourished meals, over vaccinated and dangerously sedentary lifestyles that brings the westernised human to such a shameful state of condition!  Lea-Ann, I praise you for your strength and commitment and the epigenetic influence you are having on your child's future.

The guidelines you are being judged by also say we should each according to the food pyramid (filled with grain and dairy), accept GM foods and eat 5-a-day (fruit and veg in UK guidance); that we should inject our kids with poisons and treat them with absolute garbage!

Had I been as strong as you when I was pregnant I would never have been manipulated by the UK state medical system who told me it was not allowed to give birth at home and that I was over feeding my 6 year old, fruit and veg!!! I would instead have kicked some butt!

Looks to me that this woman is not limited by such damaging belief systems as many of us have fallen for, such as that we are victims of convention; weak, fragile vessels who should succumb to junk food cravings and getting others to carry their shopping whilst not prioritising exercise and healthy living when making a human being.

Continue to be strong - live true and don't let others guilt you into ignoring your innate intelligence!  How the heck did we survive in the wild years ago without strength like that which you demonstrate here.

Go girl!!!

20/09/2013 15:16
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This is news.Come on MSN tell us something interesting will you.
20/09/2013 16:23
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I cycled into 8 months as a teen with my first born son who weighed in at 8lbs 8 with his thighs of thunder (nurses nicknamed him turkey thighs). Coincidence? going to keep watching this one...
20/09/2013 16:04
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Also - I might add to my comment - when I had my babies many moons ago we were told we could bend as much as we liked but don't stretch or lift !!  Not sure if that stands up today though.
20/09/2013 17:30
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A pregnant mummy continuing to exercise is nothing new, I have seen this before, and was told the Dr had advised the mother she could continue training; as it was something she had been doing prior to her pregnancy.

 

 

20/09/2013 16:51
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If she feels ok with it then go for it, and I think that if she feels she is capable of doing this exercise without harming her baby then nothing should be further said.  We have become so judgemental and protective towards everything nowadays.  It's like the old saying a mother knows best, and am sure that this woman would be the first to throw in the towel if anything was wrong, or if something did not feel right. 
20/09/2013 19:58
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Well if we all looked that toned when pregnant maybe we should take a leaf out of her book, its amazing what your body can tolerate, i.e. giving birth for one. :) xx you go girl xx
20/09/2013 19:36
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The fitter this woman is for childbirth the better it will be for both her and the baby.  I do not see any problems with crossfitting whilst pregnant.  I've crossfitted myself before and after major torso surgery, it really aids with recovery.  All exercise is good for a pregnant woman with the exception of contact sports such as rugby. 
20/09/2013 15:27
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She would get it. However, it looks like someone beat me to it

 

Damn Sexy

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I don't think she should be lifting heavy weights at 8 months but nothing wrong in light exercise
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