13 Instagram Preggos Who Put the Fit in Fit Pregnancy

These moms truly put the 'fit' in Fit Pregnancy. They're not only pregnant, but they're nutritionists, trainers, and fitness models. And while they may be adding on the right amount of weight while making a baby, they're also keeping an active gym routine—on the yoga mat or lifting weights.

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Sophie Guidolin

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Sophie Guidolin

Model Sophie Guidolin is the picture of fitness. The Aussie mom kept up with her weightlifting routine throughout her latest pregnancy, including sets of heavy deadlifts done beside the watchful eye of her husband.

Awesome, right? Yes! But, much to her surprise, she got a bunch of backlash for lifting 66 lbs. while six months pregnant. "A lot of people express concern over women exercising in pregnancy and I 110% understand why. There are so many myths, old wives tales & opinions out there it is hard to understand what is the truth and what is made up," she wrote on Instagram last year. "In my opinion, listen to no one except your qualified & trusted medical staff."

Is she correct about lifting during pregnancy? We asked board-certified OB-GYN Draion "Dr. Drai" Burch, M.D., to weigh in. The reality? Weightlifting is completely fine to do while expecting, as long as you did it before you got pregnant. "There's really no weight limit. Listen to your body," he tells Fit Pregnancy. That said, "you must wear comfortable clothing that will help you stay cool. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Also make sure you eat the daily extra calories you need."

And make sure you keep your doctor in the loop. "Women who have risk factors for preterm labor, vaginal bleeding, have a previa, or premature rupture of membranes should not exercise at all," he adds.

Feeling inspired by Guidolin's commitment to fitness through her pregnancy? Check out these nine other weightlifting moms who will definitely inspire you to pick up a dumbbell (or two!).

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Amy Updike

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Amy Updike

Salt Lake City-based pediatric registered nurse and International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Bikini Pro Amy Updike lifted heavy until she was almost due. "When I became pregnant in the winter of 2014, I decided that I would continue my fitness regimen as much as possible throughout my pregnancy. My goals were to maintain my muscle mass as well as my endurance during the pregnancy," she told Fit Pregnancy. "With that said, I have trusted my body during the pregnancy to tell me when I am pushing too hard so that I don't injure myself. I have kept having good form in the front of my mind at all times while lifting and have lowered my weights dramatically as the pregnancy has continued."

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Lea-Ann Ellison

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Lea-Ann Ellison

CrossFit enthusiast Lea-Ann Ellison created an online furor after she posted photos of her lifting and swinging kettlebells just weeks before she gave birth in 2013. "8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity," she wrote to the company behind the CrossFit craze. "I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years and...strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body's capabilities to kick ass."

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Mrs. Drew Cannon

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Mrs. Drew Cannon

This husband encourages his wife's weightlifting habit. "My sexy pregnant wife lifting big!" he proudly wrote on Instagram.

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Meghan Umphres Leatherman

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Meghan Umphres Leatherman

Meghan Umphres Leatherman made headlines in 2014 when she showed off pictures of her lifting right up until her child's birth. "39 weeks pregnant & got 110# x3 push press PR at @BackAlleyCF," she wrote on Twitter in April 2014.

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Katherine Martinko

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Katherine Martinko

"So excited! Hit a huge #PR at the gym. 3 rep max deadlift @ 200lbs! Feels amazing. #31weekspregnant #crossfit," this fit mama wrote on Twitter last year.

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Davina Nova

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Davina Nova

"I promised baby boy that I will live long and healthy for him," mom-to-be Navin Nova wrote on Instagram of her dedication to lifting weights. "I vowed to never have to be on medication in my old age. And I will succeed. Healthy lifestyle, Healthy family, Healthy goals!!"

"Too busy? Gym too expensive? In 25 years you show me your medication/Dr. costs and I'll show you mine. No excuses," she added.

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Katja Harjanne

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Katja Harjanne

Finland native Katja Harjanne kept up her serious CrossFit routine until right before giving birth in 2014. "Life & pregnancy can be fun," she Instagrammed alongside this shot.

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Sarah from @raise.the.bar.belle

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Sarah from @raise.the.bar.belle

We can't stop gawking at Sarah's baby belly. Not only is she supporting her normal body weight, but the additional weight she's carrying during pregnancy—using only her arms and core muscles. Wow, Mama, wow.

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Mirella from @StrongBeatsSkinny

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Mirella from @StrongBeatsSkinny

From a young age, Mirella struggled with body image issues—even battling anorexia—but these days, her Instagram handle says it all: @Mirella_StrongBeatsSkinny. And as a proud new mama to a baby girl, she's already showing her daughter what girl power means: listening to your body. In this caption, she talked about how yes, she lifted weights throughout each of her pregnancy terms, but also how she's let herself rest when she's needed it. See, Internet Bots, see!

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Ashley Smith

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Ashley Smith

At 33 weeks pregnant, fitness coach Ashley Smith trained with some of the top trainers in the country during an hour-and-a-half workout—and finished! Throughout her 40 weeks—and on her Instagram, @ashleysmithfitness, she teaches women how to really rock their bodies, stay safe and push their boundaries. She believes in fit before, during and after pregnancy—not just to lose the baby weight, but for yourself. Amen.

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Bethany Thompson

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Bethany Thompson

If you're any other pregnant woman waiting for the library to open, you might take a seat and rest at 36 weeks pregnant, but if you're California-based mom, Bethany Thompson, you start doing squats. Through her Instagram account, she shows effective workouts and gives some much-needed inspirations to women—both expecting or not—on how to stay active, healthy and most importantly, happy.

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Megan Lawing

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Megan Lawing

We have to say, any type of handstand is impressive. But a headstand while pregnant? We have to hand it to NC-based Megan Lawing for inspiring us with her beautiful images and poses that definitely take a lot of strength. We're looking forward to those photos of mommy-and-me yoga in a few months.

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