A pregnant woman has caused an uproar after a viral video showed her lifting weights and doing squats at 36 weeks pregnant.
Some people actually support the woman’s ‘healthy lifestyle’, but others were perplexed by her vigorous exercise routine as they called her ‘selfish’, ‘inconsiderate’ and ‘attention seeking’.
In response to criticism, 33-year-old Li Feina, from Beijing, said she believed that her workout regime would be beneficial for herself as well as her unborn twins.
The fitness freak, whose due date is August 25, added: ‘I’m pregnant, I’m not sick’.
Ms Li, a personal trainer, told that she exercised for around an hour every morning and her workout included doing pull-ups, squatting, lifting weights and walking.
Ms Li said each of the exercises shapes different muscle group on her body.
‘Now I usually lift 30kg (66lbs), but before I got pregnant I could lift 60kg (132lbs).’
The footage of Ms Li working out has been viewed more than 14 million times since it was uploaded to the Chinese social media last night.
The first-time mother said in China pregnant women tend to be overly sensitive and cautious towards their bodies, so much so that they would avoid even the most common movements.
Ms Li encouraged more expectant mothers to work out because ‘physical exercising could help prevent miscarriage, keep them fit and stimulate the brain activities of their unborn babies’.
At the beginning, Ms Li’s gynaecologist was concerned over Ms Li’s daily exercise regime because she was carrying twins, according to Ms Li.
‘But later on, she realised that both my babies and I were healthy, then she slowly changed her mind.’
Apparently, Ms Li sticks to a healthy diet. She eats as lot of whole grains and vegetables and stays away from sugar.
However, the fitness guru also warned pregnant women to take extra care while hitting the gym.
She said before she became pregnant, she had gained knowledge in prenatal exercising from experts in the field.
She added that whenever she exercised, she was always extra careful. Her husband, also a fitness guru, often accompanies her in the gym.
‘And of course, different women have different physical condition, so they should choose the exercises they are most comfortable with,’ said Ms Li.
While twins are often delivered through Caesarean sections in China, Ms Li expects to give birth naturally.
Experts have listed the health benefits of keeping active during pregnancy.
According to a recent research by Queen Mary University of London, exercising during pregnancy is safe for babies and can cut a woman’s chance of needing a Caesarean section by a tenth.
Professor Shakila Thangaratinam, of Queen Mary University, said: ‘It is often thought that pregnant women shouldn’t exercise because it may harm the baby.
‘But we show that the babies are not affected by physical activity or dieting, and that there are additional benefits, including a reduction in maternal weight gain, diabetes in pregnancy, and the risk of requiring a Caesarean section.’
Experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) agreed that it is safe for both the mother and baby if a woman exercises whilst pregnant.
‘As a general rule, pregnant women should be able to hold a conversation while they exercise,’ said Professor Janice Rymer, Vice President of RCOG.
‘They should also avoid contact sports where there is a risk of being hit in the abdomen.’
Professor Rymer said those with a medical condition should seek advice from their doctor or midwife before exercising.