Video: Mum-to-be deadlifts 205lb just days before due date
A PREGNANT weightlifter is continuing her gruelling crossfit regime just days before her due date.
Emily Breeze Watson is currently deadlifting 205lb weights – and could go into labour at any time.
The super-strong mum-to-be, who is in the final stages of her first pregnancy, practices crossfit - a combination of weightlifting, gymnastics and intensive cardio – six days a week.
The 31-year-old has the full support of her husband, Martell Watson, a fellow weightlifter and fitness fanatic, and now she is encouraging other expectant mothers to stay active during pregnancy – despite heavy criticism.
Emily, from North Carolina, America, has faced backlash online by strangers who say she is harming her unborn baby, but the fitness instructor rubbishes the claims and says she has never felt stronger and healthier.
Emily said: “I never considered giving it up. My body has felt really great. It gives me so much energy so why would I ever think of stopping?
“Pregnancy isn’t an illness, the human body is capable of remarkable things.
“The negative stuff, I just have to look at it like it has to be some sort of jealousy and hate.
“If you don’t know me then why do you feel the need and the pressure to have to react that way?”
Emily has the full support of medical professionals but says the best guide is simply ‘listening to her body’ when knowing how far to push herself.
And she says she never considered giving up weightlifting after finding out she was pregnant.
Emily said: “I never considered giving it up. This is what I do for a living, this is what I do as my hobby.
“I don’t think pregnancy is really a disease or a time to alter things as in you can’t do them anymore.
“Of course I’d talk to my doctor and I’d get things approved, but the best thing I’ve done is just listening to my body.”
Emily’s husband Montell is her biggest supporter, and the couple regularly trains together.
Montell said: “I support her 100% and I’m so proud of everything she’s been able to do.
“What an inspiration she’s been to not only myself but to hundreds and thousands of women across the country.
“I’m obviously cautious because I love her and I love the little guy in there and just want to make sure that everything is ok.
“I know if she wasn’t able to do this, it would drive her crazy as well.”
But not everyone has been so supportive.
Emily said: “People have criticised me on social media, which I find interesting because I had no idea that it would spark any kind of buzz like that.
“I’m happy in a way because it’s displaying fitness and that’s what I stand for – health, and living a healthy lifestyle.”
“I’ve just tuned it out. I don’t even want to read it or care.
“I know with full confidence that my doctor and I are on the same page. And we’re working towards bringing this healthy baby into this world.”
Now Emily is encouraging other expectant mothers to stay active during pregnancy and hopes to change the attitude surrounding pregnant women.
She said: “I want people to think that they can continue to do their normal routine, whatever their normal is, while they’re pregnant.
“I’ve had plenty of pregnant women come to my bootcamp classes.
“I always tell them ‘check in with your doctor first’, but I also encourage them to stay after it, stay active and if they feel good then let’s work it out.”
Emily hopes to spring back into fitness after giving birth and even plans to break a Guinness World Record for the biggest bootcamp session ever in the weeks after giving birth.
Emily said: “I hope to bounce back pretty quickly and on May 14th we are hosting and trying to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bootcamp ever.
“Our goal is to get 3,000 people out there working out. Hopefully our little guy will be there too.
“Our hopes are to get him here healthy. I can’t wait to meet this boy - that is the first and foremost, and we’re looking forward to raising him in an awesome and healthy environment.
“For me personally I want to continue to promote this lifestyle years and years down the road.”