Controversial Pregnant Weightlifter Gives Birth

Lea-Ann Ellison, the woman who raised eyebrows when she was photographed lifting weights late into her pregnancy, spoke to INSIDE EDITION after giving birth to her baby boy.

Thirty-five-year-old Lea-Ann Ellison is a bodybuilding champion, but many attacked her for continuing to lift heavy weights high above her head even when was she was eight months pregnant.

Ten days ago, she finally gave birth, delivering her baby boy at home.

So, is he ok?

INSIDE EDITION’s Victoria Recano spoke to Ellison and said, “Introduce us to the baby we've all been waiting to see.”

Watch our interview with Lea-Ann.

Lea-Ann said, “Well, I’ve been waiting to show everyone this baby. This is Skyler.”  

Skyler Kyle Ellison was born on November 7th and weighed a healthy 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

Lea-Ann can't get enough of watching the video of Skyler being born.  

Recano asked, “What do you think when you see it?”
Lea-Ann said, “Oh, I could watch it a million times, I just love it.”

She has been bombarded with negative comments and nasty comments about her weightlifting.

She said, “The ones that really bothered me were that I was 'selfish' for continuing my workout program, or 'stupid woman,' or 'you're going to miscarry your baby or injure your baby.'”

Recano asked, “What would you say to all the people that said you were going to hurt yourself or the baby?”

“I can't wait to take my baby out and show everybody that I didn't injure him. He's the perfect infant and he's just amazing,” Lea-Ann replied.

Lea-Ann says she had a very easy delivery and fast recovery with Skyler and says it all due to the weight lifting and staying in shape until the very end.

She said, “I was up cooking the next day, I have felt so good.”

She says, while weightlifting may not be for everyone, she wants to be an inspiration for other women,.

“That we don't have to sit on the couch and be lazy for nine months,” she said.