The fitness blogger and social media star has responded to critics who say she shouldn’t exercise while pregnant.
She’s only 27 years old, but already Kayla Itsines has built a multi-million dollar empire on a message of fitness, health and loving your body. Famous for her Bikini Body Guides, Kayla’s recent pregnancy had fans questioning whether she would be able to keep up with the demands of her job in the spotlight, but she’s proved that nothing will slow her down despite facing backlash for her decision to continue to exercise.
Putting Things Into Perspective
After countless comments on her Instagram posts and videos, Kayla decided that enough was enough. Sharing a workout pic to her account with her growing bump on display she cleared up the confusion about the dangers of exercising while pregnant. “I want to put this in perspective for you,” she said. “For the mums who have had kids, you would be the first to agree that there are plenty of things heavier than 5kgs in your house…no, the weight is not too heavy…no, I’m not hurting the baby.” Kayla went on to say that many pregnant women have toddlers to care for, grocery shopping to do etc. highlighted through her friend’s experience, pointing out that many of those tasks would be far more strenuous than her modified exercises.
All About Adjustment
With her baby due in May this year, Kayla acknowledges that modifying her routine, particularly adjusting her exercises to ensure they are safe for pregnancy, has been tough but necessary. “I have been active my whole life. As long as you have clearance from your doctor, you can work out, you can use weights. Just because I’m standing in a gym with a crop top and shorts doesn’t make it any less safe to lift something.”
We really admire Kayla’s approach to pregnancy – it doesn’t have to stop you doing the things you love, they just might require some modification to keep you and your baby safe. Exercise can be a great way to feel like yourself again when things get tough, but check with your doctor first to make sure you’re good to go!
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