It's important to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy, but there's a huge difference between going on a relaxing walk around the neighborhood and doing a hard-core workout at the gym. Every pregnancy is different, but most women agree that light-to-moderate exercise is best, and some parents were concerned when 8-months pregnant Salt Lake City mom, Lee-Anne Ellison, was photographed lifting weights during a CrossFit class.
The photograph went viral, and concerned parents were quick to voice their opinions, saying, "This is a good way to lose your baby" and "Baby first, sanity second." Meanwhile, Lee-Anne is shocked that people are judging her decision to workout so late in her pregnancy.
"I've always exercised during my two previous pregnancies and doctors have assured me that my routine is safe for both myself and my child," she told Yahoo. "However, the minute the photo was posted online, I received an onslaught of comments from men and women telling me that pregnancy is no time to be tough and that I'm vain and selfish."
Lee-Anne says she scaled back her CrossFit regime to just three days a week (as opposed to five), and is bothered by all the backlash. But is her decision to continue with such an intense workout safe? Maternal fetal specialist, Dr. Erin A. S. Clark, says it's good to be active during pregnancy, though only a small number of women are fit enough to do such intense exercises during their pregnancies.
"I think far more criticism should be directed towards those women who are inactive throughout pregnancy," Clark tells KSL. "We should be trying to encourage women to get that minimum of 30 minutes of activity."
Do you think it's safe to exercise while pregnant, or should women spend their gestation relaxing with their feet up? Dish your thoughts in the comments!