When this photo was posted of mom-to-be Lea-Ann Ellison — just two weeks away from giving birth — no one (especially the mom-to-be) expected would come next.
The photo, posted on the CrossFit Facebook page, sparked both outrage and support for Ellison and for pregnant women in general. In the photo, the 35-year old mom said, "After the birth of my second child, I knew I needed to step it up big time. I loved being a Mom but I wanted to be a HOT Mom." Following the reactions on Facebook (the photo received 1,613 comments and 2,897 shares) Ellison took to her own Facebook page to write, "Thank you to all who posted and continue to post positive, supportive comments regarding my photo.... I had NO IDEA what a stir this would create.... It makes me feel proud and loved and STRONGER!!!!"
The comments ranged from supportive to sheer frustration. "If anything happens to your baby due to your stupidity, I hope you'll be able to handle your guilt. Pregnancy is NOT the time to be taking stupid risks," someone wrote. Another added, "That can't be safe." Another commenter said, "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." You may have mastered the squat but need to work on motherhood ..8 months doing an overhead squat really??!!!" was the response from another.
Take a look at the photos of the soon-to-be mom of three doing some CrossFit:
As far as what's safe — and what's not during your pregnancy, there aren't any official guidelines that speak to moms-to-be of all ages and ability levels. Most importantly, listen to your body. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day is always encouraged during pregnancy; but there are definitely some safety guidelines you should follow when keeping fit during pregnancy — not to mention some activities you should skip altogether. Get the rundown on what not to do here.
There are even workouts you can do to help you prepare for labor (but making labor easy isn't a guarantee!). Just like training for a marathon, you can train your body for giving birth. The most important conditioning you can do is in your pelvic floor and your hips. Strengthening these areas will help you push the baby out quicker and lead to a speedier recovery.
*All Photos Courtesy of Metro.Co.Uk
Do you think this mom was putting herself — and her baby — in danger?