CrossFit trainer faces backlash for lifting while pregnant
Emily Breeze, a CrossFit Trainer, has been making headlines with her Instagram account by posting photos of her continuing to train with Crossfit while pregnant. Breeze posted a video of herself lifting more than 90 pounds, all while she is currently 37 weeks into her pregnancy.
The Today Show interviewed her about her choices and Emily spoke out in her own defense. “[Working out is] all I do; it’s pretty much my life,” said Breeze. “It’s all I know, it’s what I believe in, and I want to have a healthy, fit pregnancy.”
Many people out there are praising her about her choice to remain so healthy and active, however the amount of naysayers is almost unstoppable — all suggesting that her active gym routine is putting her baby boy in a very dangerous situation. Breeze has been going to the doctor’s office regularly and ensures everyone that she is listening to the advice of the doctor about the pregnancy.
A medical expert joined the Today show and supported women who exercise; he advised that women should just be more cautious and remember to stay hydrated, avoid excessive heat, and to not exercise on their backs after the first trimester.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that women who exercise while pregnant have shown minimal risks, and suggest that participating in regular physical activity while pregnant can actually give you health benefits, such as weight management, reduced risk of gestational diabetes, and even improved psychological well-being. ACOG actually even provided guidelines that instruct women with uncomplicated pregnancies to join in physical activity and strength training during the entire pregnancy. They do recommend that you stay in touch with your doctor and keep the communication open about your activities.
Nitasha G. Jain, M.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Columbia University Medical Center explained that each patient is a different individual when it comes to physical health. Each person should be taken case by case after a thorough conversation is held with their obstetrician about introducing physical activity into their regular routine.
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