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CrossFit moms not so uncommon

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After a pregnant woman in California ignited a firestorm online for posting pictures of her pregnant self while lifting weights, News 2 headed to Mount Pleasant's CrossFit to get some reaction from local women.

What we found is that it's not that uncommon for women to be well into their pregnancy and pumping iron.

Kristen Jordan has been a member of Low country CrossFit for three years and rather than quitting CrossFit because she is pregnant she has decided to keep her routine but scale it back.

"I think it's great. Every woman knows her own body more than anybody else. A lot of people that are judging her have never been into CrossFit they don't know what it's like. She's been doing cross fit before she got pregnant just like me," Jordan said.

Lea Ann Ellison, 35, at the CrossFit in Hollywood used to be a bodybuilder which is why she is able to lift 75lbs in weights. She is now on her third child and stated that she is "relishing her pregnancy."

"In truth, lifting 75 pounds poses no danger to the baby, assuming there is not some complication in pregnancy, but really the person we worry about is mom," said Dr. Ashley Savage an obstetrician gynecologist with Medical University South Carolina.

While most people instinctively want to question the risk posed on the baby, the limitation in exercise is given to protect the mother. Savage says a woman should be mindful not to injury back or joints while exercising. And of course, a woman should avoid anything that can cause abdominal trauma.

"A women's level of fitness going into pregnancy probably really protects her in a lot of ways but in truth I think if this were my patient I'd probably give her the advice to back off a little," said Savage.

Jordan, who is expecting her first child, is eight months pregnant and is lifting 35 pound dumbbells.

"People are going to be very critical of it if they don't understand it. It's very easy to judge if you don't…I mean they say, 'oh my gosh, this pregnant woman is lifting this really heavy weight, she's jeopardizing the health of her baby. When I look at that and think, 'she's going to have a healthy baby'."

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