This Pregnant Woman’s Hip-Hop Dance Video Is Sparking Serious Criticism

posted: 02/12/16
by: Ashley Lauretta

One mom-to-be isn't letting pregnancy slow her down. This video of Christina Litle hip-hop dancing at 27 weeks pregnant has gone viral almost 5 months after she shared it.

On her YouTube channel she has shared two other videos dancing while pregnant, one at 32 weeks and one at 41 weeks. This has led to some not-so-nice comments from those worried she is hurting her unborn child.

Litle is opening the door to a bigger discussion: Is it okay to be active while pregnant? And she's not the only one -- this ballerina proved that she can still spin with the best of them at six months. Watch her go in the video below:

So what do experts say about exercise during pregnant?

"If you are already active prior to pregnancy, it is fine to continue those activities while pregnant as long as they aren't activities with increased risks associated with falling or increased contact such as boxing, or any of the other contact sports that might risk injury to the growing fetus," explains Dr. Angela Jones, OBGYN. "The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommends avoiding hot yoga/hot pilates."

In the description for her video, Litle notes that not only is this her third child she is expecting, but she has been dancing her whole life and is in her eleventh year teaching dance to high school students.

Of course it is important to listen to your body--and doctor--but usually there is no limit to how many weeks you can keep moving.

"It is perfectly fine to stay active throughout your pregnancy. However, if you have risk factors for preterm labor, have vaginal bleeding, or have premature rupture of membranes, you should not be exercising at all," shares Dr. Draion Burch, OBGYN. "Though you can keep exercising after the first trimester of pregnancy you should avoid doing any exercises on your back."

It turns out, exercising while pregnant can have its benefits--and not just to help you lose the baby weight after giving birth.

"Exercise also helps you maintain a healthy pregnancy by decreasing the risks of things like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes," adds Dr. Jones. "It also helps prepare you for the rigors of labor by making it easier! Labor means work. A fit body is able to handle all that labor entails more readily."

Whether you were one of the commenters who worried while watching a pregnant woman dance or more like "Sex and the City" character Charlotte who fretted about whether you should run while pregnant, you have nothing to fear!