Exercising pregnant mom gives birth to healthy baby boy

Exercising while pregnant: what you need to know

UPDATE (KYTX) -  Crossfit working out mom gives birth to a healthy baby boy.

We introduced you to Jessica Copeland who was still working out even though she was 12 days over due. 

Well, hours after the interview Jessica gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Asher Gabriel.

He weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and measured in at 20 and 3-quarter inches. 
as you can see, he also has a full head of hair.

Congratulations to the Copeland family! 

Asher's dad is Jamon Copeland is the head coach of men's basketball at UT Tyler.



TYLER (KYTX) - A picture of a woman working out has drawn attention from millions of people on the internet.


She was pictured doing CrossFit, stirring a controversy.

But is it unhealthy?

CBS 19's Jennifer Heathcock shows us how some moms-to-be feel about continuing to be active during their pregnancies and what doctors say is best for your baby.

Sarah Nichols and Jessica Copeland are squatting and moving for two.

"Yesterday we did a little rowing, dead lifts, push ups and step ups," says Jessica Copeland.

Jessica has two boys, number three is 12 days late.

Sarah is on baby number 2, she had gestational diabetes during her first pregnancy.

"If I don't squat, I start getting lower back and hip pain and when I come in here and start squatting and start stretching myself out and getting my blood flowing and stuff like that, I start to feel better," says Sarah Nichols.

Neither of them are giving up what they love in CrossFit, but they're being smart about it.

"I'm not trying to win by any means. I'm coming to sweat and to more and feel good. Definitely lowered my weights," says Jessica.

Both were offended by the controversy sparked by this picture.

"As long as you're healthy and your pregnancy is healthy and you've done it before, you can still do it," says Gina Baxter, and exercise specialist at ETMC.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says women shouldn't pick up a new exercise program after becoming pregnant. But if they did it before, whether it's inside a CrossFit gym lifting weights, or running your favorite trail, you shouldn't ramp up intensity or get too hot and dehydrated.

"If you're pregnant it's not time to train for a marathon or do something out of the ordinary you're not used to," says Baxter.

Baxter says lowering intensity and weight, scaling back some movements is key.

Something both Sarah and Jessica already knew.

"As long as I'm comfortable, I'll keep going," says Nichols.

"I figure as long as he's still cooking, I've still got time to move," says Copeland.

There are programs all over for expectant moms, from yoga, to water fitness and even CrossFit.

Doctors say movement is important to keep you and your baby healthy.


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