Pregnancy is such a special time in the life of a woman. Considering that it’s the start of a new life, a life that is filled with so much promise, as well as countless possibilities. This is also the best time for a pregnant woman to take extra care of herself and her unborn baby. Proper nutrition, ample amount of rest, and exercise, they all play a significant role in the well-being of the mother and child. But could there be too much of a good thing?

Lea-Ann Ellison, doing weight lifting few weeks before her due date. Photo Credit:

Lea-Ann Ellison, doing weight lifting few weeks before her due date.
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The 35-year old, Lea-Anne Ellison, lately sparked an online protest after she posted a photo of her on Facebook doing weightlifting – with a caption that read as published by the New York Daily News, “8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity. I have been CrossFitting for 2 ½ years and…strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body’s capability to kick ass.” Even though she is healthy and physically fit, Ellison is about one week near her due date, making most of the people react just adversely to her decision to lift weights.

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California mother faces public outcry after posting photos of her lifting weights at 8 months pregnant

[quote style=”boxed”]A California mom sparked an online firestorm when a picture of the bodybuilder lifting weights at 8 months pregnant were posted on Facebook.

Lea-Anne Ellison, 35, was just two weeks shy of her due date when a photo of her posing with a barbell over her head was posted to a group page on the social media site on Sunday.[/quote]

Exercise Tips For Pregnancy

It’s advisable that an adequate amount of exercise should be carried out, and a pregnant woman stays active all through her pregnancy. Below are some tips to follow:

1. Seek the advice of your OB or perhaps your midwife. There might be advisable limitations to work out like a pre-term labor, incompetent cervix, or preeclampsia.

2. If there any contraindications, then you will be able to go on with your exercise all through your pregnancy. Once again, consult with your doctor.

3. If you’ve got such conditions during workout, stop immediately:

Heart palpitations       Sudden change in body temperature

Nausea                             Blurred Vision

Dizziness                         Chest or Abdominal Pain

Calf swelling                  Vaginal Bleeding

Lightheadedness         Vaginal Fluid Leaking

Contractions                 Any kind of Pain


4. At the time of your exercise, your pulse rate must not be over 140 to 145 bpm (beats per minute). If you go beyond this rate, too much stress is added to your body, resulting in stress to your baby.

5. Drink lots of water before, during, and after every workout.

6. If you’ve got any problems or worries, call your OB or midwife immediately.

7. Don’t exercise too much, which leaves you breathless or exhausted.

8. Make sure you take some breaks.

9. Don’t exercise in a very hot weather.

10. As soon as you are in your second and third trimester, try to refrain from lying flat on your back to perform exercises as it will lower the circulation of blood into your uterus.

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