Rock Climbing, Kickboxing Mom Gives New Meaning to ‘Active Pregnancy’

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When Anna-Lee Markstedt, a competitive obstacle course racing champ from Sweden, got involved in competitive extreme sports five years ago, she discovered she loved the adrenaline that comes from overcoming physical obstacles, calling it “the closest you’ll come to an Indiana Jones experience.” So when Markstedt became pregnant with her second child last fall, she decided to dispel the myth that pregnant women can’t be physically active—by rock climbing, kickboxing and strength training her way through all three trimesters.

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Back in @sportclubheteiland for Bootcamp, and a bit of balance and body control.

“My extreme sports pregnancy split people into two camps,” she tells Media Drum World of the reactions her photos have prompted. “The first are the ‘You go girl’ with the #PregnantNotDying mindset. The second are ‘That is irresponsible’ and must be harmful for the baby.”

In fact, in addition to helping maintain healthy weight gain, working out during pregnancy can increase heart health,…

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