I love how this one photo has sparked so much debate. What started off as an edgy alternative to the typical cutesy pregnancy pics, has gone viral across the globe! From LA to London, to China, Germany and New Zealand. It seems like everyone has something to say on the matter. Cross Fit’s Facebook page, where the photo was originally posted, has received over 16.5K ‘likes’ and 1.7K comments! Lea-Ann Ellison is now at the center of a media frenzy. She is being interviewed for newspapers and magazines (such as the Huffington Post, In Touch magazine, the London Metro and the Daily Mail to name a few) all over to tell her story and to give her thoughts on exercising whilst pregnant. She hopes that all this hype will bring attention to an important health issue. In her own words, “I can’t believe this photo has caused this much stir, but it makes me hopeful that it will inspire other strong healthy moms to continue on doing what they love.” (And, her midwives concur)!!
Photo by Nick Stern
- Pregnant weightlifter just two weeks away from giving birth provokes online storm (metro.co.uk)
- Mother causes social media storm after posting pictures of herself weightlifting while EIGHT months pregnant (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Mother causes social media storm after posting pictures of herself weightlifting while EIGHT months pregnant (dailymail.co.uk)
- Photo of pregnant CrossFitter igniting firestorm (huffingtonpost.com)
- Pregnant woman two weeks from giving birth criticised after posting pictures of herself weightlifting (mirror.co.uk)
- Avoid heavily processed foods-often contain huge amounts of fat, salt and sugar
- Eat organic, locally produced foods-these contain the highest amounts of nutrients and least pesticides
- Enjoy foods in their natural state-for example, eat fresh fruit, rather than frozen or canned
- Eat a rainbow of foods-a variety of colors, types, and textures, to get a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals
- Eat little and often-this helps to balance your blood sugar, and may prevent nausea
- Drink at least 2-3Ls of water a day-your body needs water to function, plus dehydration can lead to premature labor
- Try to exercise a little every day-brisk walking is an excellent form of exercise, yoga, swimming & cycling are also great
- Do not diet or detox during your pregnancy
- Find healthy alternatives to your cravings*-this is usually your body’s way of telling you something is missing from your diet.
*Eg, If you do find yourself drawn to the giant golden arches of McDonald’s desperate for a big juicy burger, your body is probably in need of some iron, why not try cooking a steak at home-a healthier alternative to a big greasy burger with plastic cheese.
Be aware though, if you are craving sugar, try not to give in. Craving sugar is usually a sign you are in need of protein (strange as this may sound). This is usually your body telling you to eat more frequently and that your blood sugar is low. Protein helps to sustain and stabilize blood sugar levels to prevent this from happening. Don’t go more that 2-3 hours without eating something. Try carrying bite size snacks in your purse so that you never are without!
Eating Habits Programmed During Infancy-Healthy Child Healthy World