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8 Month Pregnant Woman Weight-Lifting

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35-year-old, Lea-Ann Ellison, is pregnant with her third child. While most soon-to-be moms are taking it easy while being 8-months pregnant, Ellison is doing something that has everyone talking.

Ellison is a CrossFit enthusiast and says that she has been doing it for over 2 years. The pictures, that have gone viral, show Ellison lifting 75-pound weights over her head while she is 8-months pregnant. It was reported that she has been known to lift nearly 190-pounds but has altered her regime to suit her pregnancy.

The caption on the photo posted on CrossFit’s Facebook profile read: “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.”

According to the CrossFit Mom website, “CrossFit is a strength and intensity based fitness program. However, during pregnancy you want to concentrate on strength and keeping your body healthy, rather than the intensity.”

“A woman’s overall health, including obstetric and medical risks, should be evaluated before prescribing an exercise program,” the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ guidelines say. “Generally, participation in a wide range of recreational activities appears to be safe during pregnancy; however, each sport should be reviewed individually for its potential risk.”

The photos have sparked controversy and have received thousands of comments, both good and bad.

Amanda Cinq-Mars commented on the photo saying: “This is actually sickening, I hope pregnant around the world do not do this kind of crap. I am a crossfit enthusiast but I DO NOT recommend this at all. Doctors always strongly suggest to not lift heavy because you can sever your placenta and cause major damage an early labor and it miscarriage …. Posting this picture goes people the wrong message that this is OKAY when it’s not!!!!”

Stephanie Herrera also commented: “Sure you look and sound cool, but we’re only human…why would you risk hurting your baby just to stay in shape? That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. It’s not a time to kick ass, it’s a time to be protective of your unborn child. Normally I’m for crossfit, but this doesn’t make any sense to me”

There were many people, including doctors, that came to Ellison’s defense.

Ellison is not letting the negative comments bring her down. She responded to the “haters” by saying: “I want to thank everyone for their kind and supportive responses! Haters will hate and it’s ok. My life is not their life thank goodness! Lol! Again, thank you! It means so much to feel this much love from a community I adore.”

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8 Month Pregnant Woman Weight-Lifting


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  • Hmm

    This is ridiculous. She is just doing this to convey an image that she is a strong, powerful, modern woman. It is all about ego and self-centeredness. She is selfish and think the world revolves around her. Women in America have become so obsessed with feminism that they are willing to risk their own babies to prove that they are “strong.”

    Contrary to this woman’s belief — being pregnant is not an opportunity to “kick ass.” It is an opportunity to safely bring another life into the world.

    Before you think I am some fat slob who has never worked out — I have been an athlete my entire life and have lifted more weights than you can imagine. It simply is not safe to do it while you are pregnant. The risk is simply too great. What is more important — a set of squats or a human life?

  • http://www.aptaclub.ie/ Hannah

    Indeed, its very dangerous in pregnancy to lift such heavy weight. Pregnancy is a time when your body needs perfect nutrition with perfect rest in daily life. It is actually a phase when mind and body are synchronized for the creation a new life. Doctors and researchers always avoid doing heavy lifting or workout during pregnancy, so for that time yoga is the best option to keep you body fit and mind calm.

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