Does Support for This Preggo Weightlifter Signal an End to Mom-Shaming??

Probably not, but at least we're (maybe) moving in the right direction.

How’s this for a fit pregnancy? Beki Gerrard is a fierce fitness enthusiast who managed to keep up with her tough exercise regimen throughout her pregnancy—and by “throughout her pregnancy” we mean right up until the very, very end.

The 29-year-old U.K. gym owner and personal trainer regularly shares photos and videos from her sweat sessions on her Instagram page. Most recently, she shared a shot of her very-pregnant self lifting a huge weighted ball high over her head, a workout she completed just 12 hours before her water broke, according to the caption. Say it with us: Superhero.

According to Daily Mail, Gerrard worked out six days a week through her entire pregnancy, which is crazy impressive. Regular exercise is such an essential part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy, but it can be so hard to stick to your usual workouts when your balance is off and your energy is low. 

Of course, Gerrard is hardly the only preggo to stay consistent with her fitness routine—we’ve seen everything from pregnant pole dancers to expectant wakesurfers—but what sets her story apart is the largely positive feedback she’s received. With the hoards of pregnancy shamers particularly loving to judge women who stay active, it’s refreshing to hear that people are finally applauding a mama-to-be for her strength and commitment.

Here’s the million-dollar question, though: Is weight lifting during pregnancy safe? It certainly can be. As we’ve previously reported, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourages women to keep up with their usual workouts while they are pregnant. When it comes to weight lifting, pregnant women should proceed with caution—but someone like Gerrard, who is clearly experienced in the weight room, is probably more capable of modifying exercises, using proper form, and listening to her body than most. Of course, it’s always a good idea to chat with your doctor before trying any new workout during pregnancy.

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