When Lea-Ann Ellison posted a photograph of herself on Facebook lifting weights while eight-and-a-half months pregnant (see below), she had no idea of the storm of controversy it would provoke.
She wrote: “8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity. I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years and…strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body’s capabilities to kick ass.”
The photograph has been shared more than 3500 times since it was posted on September 16 and, while some have described the image as "beautiful" and praised her for keeping fit, others found it disturbing, labelled her "plain silly" and "sickening", while some even accused her of endangering the health of her unborn child.
But Lea-Ann, a 35-year-old mother of two, can't understand what all the fuss is about. She just wants to be a "hot mum".
Lea-Ann continues to defend herself, writing on her Facebook page, “I can’t believe this photo has caused this much stir but it makes me hopeful that it will inspire other strong healthy moms to continue on doing what they love. Pregnancy is not an illness! Get it Moms!”