Pregnant women are advised to take irons to prevent anemia, but a few like to pump it in the gym.
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Unlike other expectant moms, Meghan Umphres Leatherman doesn’t stay at home to rest as she prepares for her baby’s birth; she instead hits the gym. A dedicated CrossFit fanatic, Meghan continued her arduous CrossFit routine throughout her entire pregnancy. In fact, the 33-year-old was seen lifting weights up until two days before her due date.
CrossFit is a fitness regimen that includes weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio activities. Aside from going to the gym four times a week, Meghan continued her routine of walking her dog for three miles a day and hiking through the mountains every week.
The fitness fanatic from Arizona started the program two years ago, and she was immediately hooked to it.
“As soon as I started CrossFit, I was addicted to the results,” said Meghan. “I never considered giving it up during pregnancy. It fitted with my personality. It’s a challenge. I like to try and work with others in a community and getting the motivation to be stronger and fitter and better. I didn’t lose that motivation just because I was pregnant.”
Meghan actually lifted weights on the day she gave birth and broke records in the final days of her pregnancy.
Weightlifting while pregnant has received negative feedback recently after fellow American Lea-Ann Ellison was photographed pumping iron at eight and a half months. But for Meghan, she finds the criticism of pregnant CrossFit amusing and says that doctors have encouraged her to be active.
She said, “My doctors have been incredibly supportive of what I’m doing. They were thrilled that I was setting personal records with weight lifting and they told me to keep active and hydrated.”
Although Chad supports his wife, for him, it was difficult to watch at first. Meghan’s coach was also very supportive, who says she “shocked every week” with her increasing strength and has been called an inspiration by fellow women at the gym.