‘Pregnant weightlifter’ has baby boy

Bodybuilder who started online controversy gives birth to healthy baby

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Remember this picture of bodybuilder Lea-Ann Ellison who was still pumping iron at 8 months pregnant?

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It certainly caused a stir on our Facebook page a few weeks ago – with some people expressing admiration for Lea-Ann and others worried that lifting such heavy weights in late pregnancy might risk harm to her baby.

Well, now Lea-Ann Ellison has now given birth to a healthy baby boy.

Little Skyler weighed in at 7lb 3oz and is “the perfect infant”, according to his mum, who already has an eight-year-old and 12-year-old.

Lea-Ann also admitted that she was upset by some of the online responses to her pregnant-weightlifting photo.

“The ones that really bothered me were ones that said I was ‘selfish’ for continuing my workout programme or those warning me, ‘You’re going to miscarry’,” she said.

“I can’t wait to take my baby out and show everybody that I didn’t injure him.”

What do the experts say about exercise in pregnancy?

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advises that, in general, recreational exercise can be beneficial during pregnancy. Weightlifting is not listed as a sport to avoid, but it is recommended that pregnant women stop playing contact sports and take care not to lose balance.

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