Doctors are always talking about how important it is to stay in shape during pregnancy. And when we think of pregnancy fitness, we think of prenatal yoga, walking and other low-impact activities. That’s why a photo of Lee-Ann Wilson is getting people talking a lot. Just two weeks from her due date, the former body builder posted a photo of herself on Facebook lifting some seriously heavy weights.
The photos caption reads, “8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity. I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years and … strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body’s capabilities to kick ass.” There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over the health of the baby, since CrossFit is a serious, intense workout that focuses on strength training. Doctors recommend “moderate” exercise during pregnancy but, one physician told CNN, moderate can look pretty intense for someone who was a competitive athlete before pregnancy.
Still, even if Wilson was a bodybuilder before mommyhood, there’s the risk that lifting big things (more than 15 pounds heavy) can cause premature labor and cut off your growing baby’s blood supply. So while it’s amazing that Wilson is still “kicking ass” this far into her pregnancy, it isn’t recommended. It may be okay for her but there’s no telling how it will affect other women.
Do you think she’s nuts for keeping up with CrossFit into her pregnancy?