Extreme Pregnancy: 8 Stories

PHOTO: Meghan Umphres Leatherman, 33, is nine months pregnant, lifts a heavy weight at her home town gym, April 26, 2014, in Phoenix.
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A mom who was so dedicated to here CrossFit regime reportedly continued to lift weights -- up to 150 lbs. -- until two days before her due date. She said she set records during her pregnancy, which, she said, surprised even she. The Arizona mom gave birth to a baby girl earlier this month. She said that despite what people may think, she was "still protecting the baby." Here are seven more stories of moms taking pregnancy to the extreme.

PHOTO: Loni Jane posted this photo to her Instagram, March 13, 2014.
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Banana mom

An Australian mom blogger said she and her infant son are thriving despite coming under criticism during her pregnancy for her extreme diet. Loni Jane Anthony's diet consisted of as many as 10 bananas for breakfast each day. Anthony's a social media sensation more than 200,000 Instagram followers and recently posted a photo of herself just 12-days post birth saying "Still buzzing in the fact that I'm a Mum of the most most precious healthiest baby boy."

PHOTO: Kristi Olivares continued surfing four times a week even at nine months pregnant, according to a blog post she wrote.
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Surfing Mom

An Australian woman recently gained online attention after blogging about continuing to surf four days a week into her ninth month of pregnancy.

On Shesurfs.com, Kristi Olivares wrote that she had "been surfing for around four years and while I am definitely no expert, I have the confidence and ability to surf safely and competently in many types of conditions."

She adjusted her technique to accommodate a changing center of gravity and would often have friends carry her board for her, the new mom shared in the post. On the occasions that Olivares was thrown from her board, she said that she always made sure to tuck into a fetal position to protect her belly.

PHOTO: Maternity workout gear is now a fashion category.
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"Hot" Pregnancy

An entire industry is catering to moms who want to "look hot" while pregnant, encouraging maternity athletic gear and pregnancy workout DVDs. READ: New Moms Rushing to Shed Post-Baby Weight: Is It Healthy?

PHOTO: Would you lift weights while pregnant?
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Another Weightlifter Mom

Controversy erupted last fall when a California woman admitted to regularly weightlifting 75 pounds throughout her pregnancy. READ: Calif. Woman Pumps Iron while Pregnant

Women should check with their doctors before approaching any form of physical activity while pregnant. But some studies assert that moderate exercise can have a positive impact on the child's health. READ: Exercise During Pregnancy Can Boost Your Baby's Brain

PHOTO: Is running while pregnant safe? Some say yes.
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Marathon Mom

In the past, some women who have trained as athletes have had difficulty conceiving, due to the intense stress put on their bodies. READ: Female Athletes Are Too Fit to Get PregnantFor Trish Staine, the problem wasn't getting pregnant while training for a marathon. In fact, she simply didn't realize that she was. READ: Woman Training for Marathon Has Surprise Baby

PHOTO: According to the Mayo Clinic, prenatal yoga can improve sleep and reduce stress.
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Yoga Moms

While inversions are discouraged, many pregnant women are proponents of maintaining a yoga practice. WATCH: Ease Growing Pains With Prenatal Yoga

Crossfit Moms

If you are interested in pursuing a regular workout or sports activity while pregnant, consult with your physician before hopping on a pair of cross-country skis or signing up for a class at the gym. WATCH: Is CrossFit Safe for Pregnant Women?

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