Pregnant women often get a bad rap when they are gaining weight, but in an unusual twist, a fit woman is getting skewered on Facebook because she is weightlifting during her pregnancy.
Los Angeles-based bodybuilder Lea-Anne Ellison caused a social media firestorm after posting pictures of herself pumping iron on her Facebook page with only two weeks until her due date.
Elllison's photos were posted on Facebook on Sept. 15 and already have over 16,000 comments, some were supporters, while others attacked her for placing her unborn baby in danger.
According to the Daily Mail, some of the angier comments included:
I am a crossfit enthusiast but I DO NOT recommend this at all. Doctors always strongly suggest to not lift heavy because you can sever your placenta and cause major damage an early labor and miscarriage... Posting this picture goes people the wrong message that this is OKAY when it's not!!!!'
She is very selfish for endangering a life for her own personal gains and achievements. This is not a proud picture to post.
However, one of her supporters cheered her on:
You go girl! Looking great!!! Much better than a lot of obese pregnant ladies with high blood pressure and diabetes who get short of breath walking up a flight of steps.
Ellison, who already has two children, ages eight and 12, later wrote back on Facebook:
I want to thank everyone for their kind and supportive responses! Haters will hate and it's ok. My life is not their life thank goodness! Lol! Again, thank you! It means so much to feel this much love from a community I adore.. This is just the beginning for me and I assure you there are big things to come for this Hot Mom.
As far as the safety controversy, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) in the UK states: "In most cases, exercise is safe for both mother and fetus during pregnancy and women should therefore be encouraged to initiate or continue exercise to derive the health benefits associated with such activities. Women should be advised that adverse pregnancy or neonatal outcomes are not increased for exercising women."
Source: Daily Mail and Facebook