“No Excuses”: Is Video Of Weight-Lifting Mom-To-Be Shaming Pregnant Women Into Getting Fit?

January 27, 2016  |  

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?

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  • BeFitMom

    Find out how to exercise safely during pregnancy to have a stronger, healthier, and even smarter baby at: http://www.befitmom.com

  • IntrovertedSE

    I absolutely hate the term no excuses when it’s used to try to shame people into doing something or acting a certain way.

  • Lexi

    Every woman is different and it does make a difference if you were a woman who worked out regularlybefore pregnancy. I don’t see anything wrong with whats she’s doing because every woman’s pregnancy is different. FYI: Most women get clearance from their doctors first. More power to her!

  • Raze

    I can’t stand the constant need to use the term “no excuses” whenever someone wants to point out how *they* were able to successfully complete something but you can’t. And yes, I do agree that this woman is just going overboard with her exercises, but saying that she might be addicted would lead to a lithany of insults of how I am fat and jealous. Nothing wrong with a nice strong walk every day and eating more salads than fried chicken, but if you care more about looking high and tight after your pregnancy to show off on IG instead of your baby’s well being, then clearly you should have just stuck with dressing up your 200 lb weight and kettle bell in baby clothes.
    This woman might wind up having a healthy baby, but I know that someone else is going to try this BS and end up miscarrying.

  • Lex

    Everything aint for everybody…if you don’t agree, just move on…she didn’t say all pregnant women should train as hard as she does…more power to her!

  • Sandra

    She must be a CrossFitter! Those people are badass when it comes to staying fit. When I get pregnant again and get a positive on those free ttckit tests, I’d stick to yoga coz I’m a sissy compared to that lady on the video. LOL

  • Ce1999

    If she likes it, I love it, but weight lifting though? I need to read up on if that’s safe. I just… that’s a lot.

  • LogicalLeopard

    You know? This sounds like nonsense to me. Is there a possibility that the woman in question 1) worked out like that BEFORE she got pregnant, and 2) means “no excuses” when referring to HERSELF, and not others?
    People need to stop and think before they just go and hate on people for no reason due to their own insecurities. We know good and well that most pregnant women aren’t going to be doing anything like this. She’s not specifically calling pregnant women out, is she? So, if not, let her do her, and stop writing articles about her. And stop trying to call CPS on people when you don’t know that their doctor might have deemed these exercises safe for her *LOL*

    • KingJames

      It really comes from a place of insecurity if this offends you! A hurt dog hollas…….and I agree she wasn’t even calling anyone out! LOL! I think her post is inspiring and makes me want to make no excuses and do my BEST!

      • LogicalLeopard


    • themeowster

      My best friend worked out like this during her pregnancy and she said it helped with the side effects of pregnancy. I don’t care who does what, but this is total social media bragging so I find it obnoxious.

      I’m just glad I don’t have social media anymore so I don’t have to see everyone’s perfect version of his or her life lolz

      • LogicalLeopard

        But then again, is it social media bragging? I mean, yes, I do understand what you’re talking about, but this woman was obviously doing all this before she got pregnant. And she’s continuing to do it while she’s pregnant. So, to me, there may be a shaaaaade of a difference between “Look how fabulous my post baby body is” and “6 months pregnant, still in the gym.” *L*

        Granted, I haven’t seen her youtube videos, so I don’t know what she normally does on social media. You could very well be right, and she could be doing the humble brag thing.

        • themeowster

          I believe anytime a person posts their routine (especially a positive one) on social media, it’s a form of bragging. I mean really, that’s what those platforms are for! Look where I am, look who I met, look what I’m eating, look how pretty I am, look how fit I am! Now, I don’t think this woman is a jerk by any means. Her workout routine is impressive! I’m just not sure what her intentions are considering she can work out without posting videos and pictures and she’d still get the same result 😀

          Now it’s a totally different story if she’s doing this as a way to offer workout plans for other pregnant women who want to work out. Otherwise it’s just the same ol’ bragging.

          • LogicalLeopard

            I see where you’re coming from, but ehhhhhh…..I’m going to have to agree to disagree on this one. Yes, there is a “look at me” component at the core of the very idea of social media, but I don’t think posting things like this equates with bragging all the time. It certainly can, and is conducive to it, but people like to catalogue their life and share it with others they care about. That’s not always bragging.
            Like for instance, take me. I’m rarely on social media. I have a Facebook account that I log in every now and then for, and the other social media accounts like Twitter are simply for gathering news and looking at public opinion on things. But, if I take my kids to a ball game, and post some pictures there, I’m not bragging and saying, “Hahaha, look at me! I’m awesome because I’m at a baseball game.” I just was at a baseball game and shared it with others because it’s a fun thing to do. Maybe someone will go to a game themselves soon. Maybe they’ll rag on my team. Who knows?

            • themeowster

              Great point, sharing it with friends and family for posterity makes sense. And now that I think about it, does the woman in question have her own youtube channel or something? It didn’t load for me for some reason. The bragging seems to come from a third party – in this case, like the FB page wanted to “shame” others.

              I hate the word “shame” used for everything these days, btw!

              • LogicalLeopard

                I think so. I think someone saw it on Youtube, then started passing the link around on Facebook. And without context, Facebookers will just do whatever they want. *L*
                And I agree. “Shaming” shouldn’t be a slogan, because then it loses its power. Everything gets jammed under the same slogan, even stuff that shouldn’t be there, and people start hating the slogan and ignoring it.

          • Sunnysideup

            I agree. It’s the classic “humble brag.”

  • KingJames

    I think #noexcuses doesn’t mean we should ALL be lifting what she’s lifting, it simply means we should all be striving to be our best with #noexcuses! She obviously lifted before she was pregnant, and for all we know she may have even decreased the amount she is lifting due to the pregnancy. My doctor very much encourages exercise during pregnancy and the level of intensity is directly related to how in shape you were before you became pregnant. My doctor flat out told me I’d gained too much weight (18 lbs at 6 months) and I should watch it very closely. I actually lost a 1lb for my 7 month checkup and she was happy! I’ve seen women who can still run 6 minute miles while 8 months pregnant. My point is that it’s not shaming to “go hard”. Everyone’s go hard is different. My go hard is a brisk 3 mile walk and I’m making #noexcuses!

    • LogicalLeopard

      I think it’s even more limited than that. I think she means noexcuses for HERSELF. I mean, wouldn’t you post something like that on a social media site that you thought no one but your followers were paying attention to? Like, say if you ran marathons, and your cancer just went into remission. So you run a half marathon and say, “no excuses.” You don’t mean that everyone should run half marathons as soon as they finish chemotherapy, you mean that you’re not allowing any excuses for yourself!

      • KingJames

        Exactly! People just want something to complain about……

        • LogicalLeopard

          And I’ve got to say that the media is kind of complicit in keeping it going as well! Instead of just posing the question to us, they should really get to the details of the situation. You know, like actually doing journalism.

    • David

      Very well said.

  • Deion

    Her clean and jerk is serious.

  • David

    Why is everything perceived as smell type of shaming? Instead of taking offense to everything, why can’t it be motivation. I workout every day and stay in great shape despite being married and having a career, a teenage daughter, and a toddler son. Now, I was in the military, and later on special forces so fitness is a way of life for me and I probably couldn’t stop working out if I tried. If it’s woman can work out while pregnant, I’m sure most of us can do more than we’re doing, especially those of us that want to lose weight.

  • guest

    I can see jogging or a little resistance training but heavy lifting seems too risky.

    • Ce1999


  • Purple Sound

    “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.” Exactly. It would be nice if everyone could live their lives the way they’d like to, but there’s people out there who would do anything for validation from strangers on the Internet, so nah.

    • IntrovertedSE

      Exactly. And trying to make other people feel bad in order to gain popularity is not and has never been cool. I wish that if people were gonna try to gain popularity online they could at least just focus on themselves and not talk down on others.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    If her dr says it’s ok, then hey. When I get pregnant, I know Im not doing the heavy lifting because Im scary and goofy. But I will swim, walk, and jog/ do light lifting (if Im able to).

  • Secret87

    I never had a baby before,but I read exercise like walking is fine. Yet do not run,heavy lifting ect. If you were not regular about it before pregnancy.
    Even if I was power lifting and juggling fire. I don’t want to risk a miscarriage all in the name of fitness.

    • Adriannan Nonyo

      This isn’t even in the name of fitness, its in the name of attention.