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Pregnant weightlifter provokes online storm

FAO Alan Sparrow, Metro pic desk EXCLUSIVE Online Storm rages after 8 1/2 month pregnant mum posts photos of her weight lifting. Lea-Ann Ellison  Aged 35 from Los Angeles has been a keen crossfitter for 2.5 years, she already has two childred - a son aged 8 and daughter aged 12. Ellison wasnt prepared for the online storm that followed on the Crossfit facebook page wth nearly 20 000 people 'liking' the image but many critcising the stay at home mum for risking the safety of her child by continueing to do the extreme workouts. Featuring: Lea-Ann Ellison Where: Los Angeles, CA, United States When: 16 Sep 2013 Credit: Nick Stern/WENN.com
FAO Alan Sparrow, Metro pic desk EXCLUSIVE Online Storm rages after 8 1/2 month pregnant mum posts photos of her weight lifting. Lea-Ann Ellison  Aged 35 from Los Angeles has been a keen crossfitter for 2.5 years, she already has two childred - a son aged 8 and daughter aged 12. Ellison wasnt prepared for the online storm that followed on the Crossfit facebook page wth nearly 20 000 people 'liking' the image but many critcising the stay at home mum for risking the safety of her child by continueing to do the extreme workouts. Featuring: Lea-Ann Ellison Where: Los Angeles, CA, United States When: 16 Sep 2013 Credit: Nick Stern/WENN.com

Keeping fit during pregnancy is usually limited to a bracing walk or maybe a gentle swim.

So when keen bodybuilder Lea-Ann Ellison – just two weeks away from giving birth – posted pictures of her pumping iron, it caused an outcry.

The 35-year-old said: ‘After the birth of my second child, I knew I needed to step it up big time.

‘I loved being a Mom but I wanted to be a HOT Mom.’

However, the Los Angeles native’s quest has not gone down well with everyone. Since putting photographs on the Facebook page of fitness company CrossFit she has created something of a social media storm.

Some were quick to criticise eight-and-a-half months pregnant Mrs Ellison. Ava Szlamas wrote: ‘This woman is a disgrace. Pregnancy is a time to take care of your body and be gentle, not test it to the limits.’

While Megan Smith wrote: ‘Stupid female…’

But many stepped in to defend her. Charles Bailey said: ‘I think we should all be more concerned about a mom who eats McDonald’s every day of her pregnancy.’

A stunned Mrs Ellison responded: ‘I had no idea what a stir this would create… It makes me feel proud and loved and STRONGER!!!!’

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said recreational exercise can be beneficial during pregnancy.

Weightlifting is not listed as a sport to avoid, but it recommends pregnant women desist from contact sports, scuba diving, and take care not to lose balance.

via Lea-Ann Ellison: Pregnant weightlifter provokes online storm | Metro News.

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