Credit: Facebook

Little did Lea Ann Ellison realize that when a picture of her weightlifting a mere two weeks away from giving birth was posted on her Crossfit gym’s Facebook page that she would become the epicenter of an internet storm.

Lea Ann is 35 years old and has been working out at the Forging Elite Fitness Crossfit gym for more than two years, and she just gave birth to her third child. We have to say, girlfriend looks amazing! When the photo was posted on the gym’s Facebook page, she included the message, “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."

When we saw the photo, we assumed that Lea Ann is being medically monitored by her OB-GYN,and has been given the go-ahead to continue her Crossfit workouts, but many had different feelings about the photo. They decided to voice their negative opinions loudly in the comments section of the page, and here are a few of their “thoughts:”

One 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."

Yet another said, "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."

Being the warrior princess that she clearly is, Lea Ann decided to address her critics with a retaliatory statement of her own. “Thank you to all who posted and continue to post positive, supportive comments regarding my photo on CrossFits main site! 12265 likes, and 1800 shares! I had NO IDEA what a stir this would create.... It makes me feel proud and loved and STRONGER!!!! Thank you also to the haters who continue to prove their weak minded, self hatred toward strong powerful women. I am glad I personally don't know any of you toxic douche bags. Mwaah!!!”

We know it’s sometimes too easy to make fun of CrossFit — the stripey socks, the WOD (Workout of the Day), etc. — but here’s the thing: it helps a lot of people become fitter than they’ve ever been in their lives, and for many women who worked out extensively prior to getting pregnant, it’s not an issue to continue to do so at the level you were before. We wrote a while ago about how much pregnant women should exercise, but one thing we know for sure is that the best place for pregnant women to get advice about their bodies is from their doctor, not the internet.  

Source: Forging Elite Fitness

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Teddie McCormick is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+!