Australian fitness trainer Sophie Guidolin continues to lift weights even though she is 26 weeks pregnant with twins. She wrote on her Instagram "Woah. ... My weight training photo sparked some debate! I was not expecting that, however if that photo is what it takes to get people talking about exercise during pregnancy and the benefits then I am happy to spark up the topic. There are so many myths and old wives tales when it comes to pregnancy -- from early pregnancy until your baby becomes a toddler! However, if you have been given clearance from your medical practitioner to continue your exercise regime then I highly recommend you continue exercising for the health of yourself- and your babe (or babies!)"
She just had her baby, but at six-months pregnant, Bethany Hamilton was a mom-to-be who sticking to her workout routine, bump and all. No doubt Hamilton's committed to riding the waves: she didn't even let a shark attack that took her arm when she was a teen stop her from getting up on her board. Her pregnancy workout routine reportedly includes up to five hours of surfing each day. But she's far from the only one: Here are eight more stories of moms taking pregnancy to the extreme.
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."
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."
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.
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?
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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
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
While inversions are discouraged, many pregnant women are proponents of maintaining a yoga practice. WATCH: Ease Growing Pains With Prenatal Yoga
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?