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Heavily pregnant weightlifter branded 'selfish'
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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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.
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.
OUTRAGE OVER EVERYTHING ... EXCEPT .. CATHOLIC CHURCH PEDOPHILES ...
Priorities?? something wrong somewhere. ..
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.
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.
She would get it. However, it looks like someone beat me to it
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