Posted: 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
By Rick Couri
Pictures showing a very pregnant Lea-Ann Ellison lifting what looked like a significant amount of weight just a couple of weeks before her due date caused the stir.
Ellison said he wanted to show that pregnant women could exercise at a high level while expecting.
The almost immediate and vast negative reaction to the video surprised Ellison and led her to explain to a parenting website “I have been CrossFitting for 2-and-a-half years and strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body’s capabilities."
She also pointed out that her workouts have served her well.
"I have none of the ailments that most pregnant women complain. No back aches. No sciatic nerve issues. No sickness or cravings," she proudly said.
The New York Times asked a specialist in pre-natal medicine of lifting weights during pregnancy was a good idea? “Typically, heavy weight-lifting is discouraged,” he began.
He went on to say knowing how to work out and not putting too much pressure on her abdomen, uterus, and cervix is a huge key.
"This woman obviously has been lifting for a long time, but for a regular person, it’s not advisable."