Despite being 24 weeks along, the 27-year-old trainer has continued to post regular fitness videos to her 10 million Instagram followers.
But while the SWEAT trainer has received thousands of positive comments from fans, others have slammed the fitness guru for lifting weights while pregnant.
“Isn’t lifting heavy weights risky when pregnant?” one follower commented.
“I’ve read that you shouldn’t work out your core or do excessive lifting after the first trimester,” another wrote.
“I feel the baby crying,” another person added.
Before long, Itsines quickly responded to the trolling and criticism with a lengthy Instagram post.
After admitting she had seen the dozens of negative comments from her followers, Itsines wrote: “I want to put this into perspective for you. The weights I’m lifting are rarely over 5kg per hand. I want you to keep that is mind as you read this story.”
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So I was looking at the comments on my last workout video. Firstly, I want to thank you ladies for your support it’s been amazing????????. For the ladies who are writing things like “you are not allowed to lift weights while pregnant?!”, “is that safe??”. I want to put this into perspective for you. The weights I’m lifting are rarely over 5 kgs per hand. I want to you keep that in mind as you read this story…. Yesterday, I went to my friends house who had JUST finished vacuuming and mopping. She is VERY pregnant. I watched her pick up her 2 year off the ground and playfully lift her above her head 5-6 times while they laughed together. She then rested her 2 year old on her baby bump as she walked to the car. She put her child in the car AS WELL as a pram (which she had to fold down and then lift into the car) PLUS two other heavy bags. She then drove to a cafe, took the pram OUT of the car, assembled it, took the two heavy bags out of the car AND her child and went to breakfast. No one batted an eyelid, no one said anything, no one helped. I asked her SO MANY times, “can I help you, let me help you, I want to help!!” She said “babe, I do this EVERY DAY, I don’t need your help haha”. Ladies, my point is, working out safely while pregnant is a wonderful thing. I have been active my whole life. As long as you have clearance from your doctor, you CAN workout and 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. I do not lift heavy weights, in fact I’ve cut the weight in HALF that I usually use. ✅ 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 that you would have to lift or move daily (including other children) So in answer to your questions on my videos… no, the weight is not too heavy, it actually feels too light for me. No, I am not hurting the baby. No, my heart rate is not over 150(for the ladies asking) and YES, you can use weights while pregnant ???????? Ladies, you just need to follow pregnancy safe exercises (which I am posting on my page) AND you must first have clearance from your doctor ????
Itsines went on to explain that she had watched her heavily pregnant friend lift her two-year-old off the ground and above her head multiple times before carrying multiple heavy bags to and from her car.