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Carrying & lifting: Woman’s picture goes viral

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  • Photo of 8-month pregnant woman working out goes viral
  • Stay-at-home mom is pregnant with third child

What’s the first thing you see when you look at this picture?

This is Lea Ann Ellison, 35. She is 8 and a half months pregnant with her third child.

The picture was first posted on the CrossFit Facebook page. Now, the Los Angeles mom is being attacked and defended all over the world. Thousands of comments fall mostly into two camps: either they see her as a beautiful, strong woman, or they say Lea Ann should be locked up for child endangerment!

But is this healthy? HLN's Kyra Phillips asked Dr. Raul Artal, who was the lead author of the guidelines for exercise and pregnancy for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

"Absolutely not. It's like stepping on the umbilical cord and depriving the baby of blood supply. During such heavy lifting, there's a diversion of blood flow from the internal organs to the muscles," he said. "So it's not a good idea, but it's a personal decision."

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