If health and fitness were important to you way before you found out you were bringing life into the world, it only makes sense that you would try to find ways to continue working out even as you get further and further along in your pregnancy. And while Charlotte from Sex and the City had to get over her fears that enjoying her daily jogs would harm her unborn baby, some women have no problem going straight from the doctor’s office to the gym. They are not afraid to go all out on the track, in the gym and for whatever form of exercise they enjoy, in general.
But when is your commitment to your health going too far as a pregnant woman? When are you potentially doing too much? And when is it clear that you’re more concerned with keeping your figure together than the well-being of your baby?
Those are the questions people are asking after watching this video:
As you can see, it’s a heavily pregnant woman doing pull-ups at the gym. No biggie, right?
Well, further along in the video she can be seen weightlifting, doing deadlifts, weighted squats, and swinging a heavy kettlebell. It’s clear that this woman was a gym rat way before baby, but her decision to stay that way during her pregnancy has brought out quite a few critics on social media, especially since the caption for the video, posted by a page called “Ratchet Videos,” is “No Excuses!!!”:
“im sorry im about working out and living a healthy lifestyle but this is excessive. get that bullsh-t #noexcuse sh-t out of here. caring for an unborn innocent child is way more important than how you look. what the hell is wrong with this world we live in.”
“I don’t think it should say no excuses. Sorry but some women can’t even walk let alone get out of bed some days. Big ups to you if keep healthy and exercise and keep fit while pregnant but sorry some of us can make excuses. I definitely would not have been able to do this while spewing half the day away. Gaining weight is perfectly fine and all apart of the journey”
“To everyone saying that its okay as long as she did it before pregnancy I’m sorry but you’re wrong.
Both my doctor and fitness trainer told me not to be lifting any weights at all and that my workout should consist of walking, swimming, and yoga specified for pregnancy.
Lots of women hate to admit it but you do have to slow down when you’re pregnant, the baby is depending on you.”
“I think we live in a generation where people love to show off and do everything for the Internet.. Fitness can wait while she’s pregnant.. Smh.”
“You should be ashamed for shaming pregnant women. Light exercise like yoga is fine but stuff like this is dangerous to the mother and child. So get that no excuses bullsh-t outta here.”
The majority of people who saw the video didn’t approve of it, mainly because they felt what she is doing appears dangerous. But also, because, as they pointed out, every woman’s pregnancy is different, and the assumption that each and every woman with child should be able to go hard (or go home) in the gym like the woman above is unfair. And according to those on social media, promoting videos like this is a form of shaming pregnant women.
But you should know that medical professionals do say that exercising during pregnancy is a very good idea though the level of exercise you do depends on your level of activity before pregnancy. If you were working out at a strong rate, the Mayo Clinic says you should be able to continue at the same level as long as you have approval from your doctor and feel okay. But if you weren’t really active beforehand, moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes is a good option. Exercise during pregnancy, in general, can help with back pain, improve your energy levels, increase your stamina, and, of course, quell weight gain. And more importantly, according to the Mayo Clinic, it could reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, having pregnancy-related high blood pressure, and lessen postpartum depression symptoms.
Walking, light, low-impact aerobics, swimming, yoga and strength training is good. However, you’re recommended not to lift very heavy weight. Professionals say that you should stay hydrated and not overexert yourself.
Whatever you do, do you. Don’t feel the pressure be Jillian Michaels while carrying your child or to lift the weights the woman above seems to be capable of hoisting and heaving if that’s not your thing. Go at a pace that works for you and your doctor. Be safe and listen to your body for the sake of yourself and your little one.
But what say you when it comes to this video? Is she doing too much? Is this pregnancy shaming orr are people overreacting?