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Fitness trainer who lifts weights during pregnancy reveals the barrage of abuse she gets from men

A fitness trainer has revealed the barrage of abusive messages she receives from men criticizing her for working out during her pregnancy — and claims some have even accused her of trying to “kill” her baby.

Yanyah Milutinović, 34, lives in New York with her police officer husband, Risel Martinez, 31, and in three months is due to give birth to their second child, a sibling for their three-year-old daughter Smiljana.  

During both of her pregnancies, Yanyah has continued to work out, focusing on her passion for weight-lifting — but she claims she has been heavily criticized by hundreds of men for hitting the gym in her condition, and is sent abuse online on a daily basis.

Rude: A fitness trainer has revealed the barrage of abusive messages she receives from men criticizing her for working out during her pregnancy

Mom: Yanyah Milutinović, 34, lives with her police officer husband, Risel Martinez, 31, in New York

Mom: Yanyah Milutinović, 34, lives with her police officer husband, Risel Martinez, 31, in New York

In three months is due to give birth to their second child

She already has a three-year-old daughter Smiljana

Number two: In three months is due to give birth to their second child, a sibling for their three-year-old daughter Smiljana

Keep going: During both of her pregnancies, Yanyah has continued to work out, focusing on her passion for weight-lifting

Keep going: During both of her pregnancies, Yanyah has continued to work out, focusing on her passion for weight-lifting

‘I get messages on a daily basis and 99.9 per cent of them are from men about what I can or cannot do with my body and what a horrible mother I am,’ Yanyah told Jam Press.

‘They also ask me why I didn’t just have an abortion, or tell me that I’m influencing other women to risk their wellbeing and their unborn babies’ wellbeing by copying me,’ she went on.

‘Others tell me that I’m a terrible mother, that I want to kill my baby or that they feel terrible for the poor little creature that I’m carrying.

‘Some even tell me that my child will be born handicapped, that my husband should get me arrested for putting the baby in danger, or that I am risking my health and the baby’s health for likes or to lose weight.

‘It’s as if these men think they know how it feels to be a woman, like they know how it feels to create a child,’ she said.

‘No one cares for a fetus or an unborn child like the mother does, so why would you harass and bully a pregnant woman online and mentally try to stress her out like that?’

Nasty: She claims she has been heavily criticized by hundreds of men for hitting the gym in her condition, and is sent abuse online on a daily basis

Nasty: She claims she has been heavily criticized by hundreds of men for hitting the gym in her condition, and is sent abuse online on a daily basis

'I get messages on a daily basis and 99.9 per cent of them are from men about what I can or cannot do with my body and what a horrible mother I am,' Yanyah said

‘I get messages on a daily basis and 99.9 per cent of them are from men about what I can or cannot do with my body and what a horrible mother I am,’ Yanyah said

'They also ask me why I didn't just have an abortion, or tell me that I'm influencing other women to risk their wellbeing and their unborn babies' wellbeing by copying me,' she said

'Others tell me that I'm a terrible mother, that I want to kill my baby or that they feel terrible for the poor little creature that I'm carrying,' she went on

‘They also ask me why I didn’t just have an abortion, or tell me that I’m influencing other women to risk their wellbeing and their unborn babies’ wellbeing by copying me,’ she said

'It's as if these men think they know how it feels to be a woman, like they know how it feels to create a child,' she said

‘It’s as if these men think they know how it feels to be a woman, like they know how it feels to create a child,’ she said

Precautions: It is perfectly healthy for most women to exercise during pregnancy, though each woman should consult with her own doctor

In fact, lifting weights while pregnant can have benefits for expectant moms, including a reduction of certain types of aches and pains

Precautions: It is perfectly healthy for most women to exercise during pregnancy, though each woman should consult with her own doctor

Despite the abusive messages, Yanyah is adamant that she is not suggesting other women copy her, and recommends pregnant women always consult their doctor before starting or continuing with a workout regimen. 

It is perfectly healthy for most women to exercise during pregnancy, though each woman should consult with her own doctor.

In fact, lifting weights while pregnant can have benefits for expectant moms, including a reduction of certain types of aches and pains, according to Parents.  

Yanyah pointed out that The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends at least 20 to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most or all days of the week for pregnant women. 

‘Generally, participation in a wide range of recreational activities appears to be safe during pregnancy; however, each sport should be reviewed individually for its potential risk,’ the guidelines read. 

Yanyah also noted that the benefits of exercise during pregnancy extend to the unborn babies. 

Approved! Yanyah pointed out that The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends at least 20 to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days

Approved! Yanyah pointed out that The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends at least 20 to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days

Sticking to her routine: Yanyah worked out regularly when she was not pregnant as well

Sticking to her routine: Yanyah worked out regularly when she was not pregnant as well

She said: 'I constantly put disclaimers on my posts explaining that we are all different and that there is no one size fits all during pregnancy'

She said: 'I constantly put disclaimers on my posts explaining that we are all different and that there is no one size fits all during pregnancy'

She said: ‘I constantly put disclaimers on my posts explaining that we are all different and that there is no one size fits all during pregnancy’

Benefits: Yanyah also noted that the benefits of exercise during pregnancy extend to the unborn babies

Benefits: Yanyah also noted that the benefits of exercise during pregnancy extend to the unborn babies

‘Babies whose mothers exercise have a lower and more efficient heart rate, a sign of good heart health — and continue to have lower heartbeats all the way up until at least age six and likely into adulthood, according to several medical studies,’ she said.

‘Moms who exercise during pregnancy also tend to have babies with a healthier weight and are less likely to develop childhood obesity.’

She claims other benefits include babies having more active brains — something she notes is evident in her daughter — as well as a lower risk of the child developing diabetes and reduction of stress in both mother and baby.

Yanyah said: ‘Babies whose mothers exercise during pregnancy also tend to be less stressed during labour and delivery, resulting in higher Apgar scores and less interventions.

‘My firstborn scored the highest score possible, I pushed her out in four pushes and in less than 10 minutes.’

However, she noted that she is not suggesting everyone who follows her on social media follow her workout routine.

'Moms who exercise during pregnancy also tend to have babies with a healthier weight and are less likely to develop childhood obesity,' she said

‘Moms who exercise during pregnancy also tend to have babies with a healthier weight and are less likely to develop childhood obesity,’ she said

'Babies whose mothers exercise during pregnancy also tend to be less stressed during labour and delivery, resulting in higher Apgar scores and less interventions,' she added

‘Babies whose mothers exercise during pregnancy also tend to be less stressed during labour and delivery, resulting in higher Apgar scores and less interventions,’ she added

Pre-preg: Yanyah has continued to do the same exercises she did before she was pregnant, including 345 lbs. squatted weights, and lower body, back, shoulder, and chest workouts

Pre-preg: Yanyah has continued to do the same exercises she did before she was pregnant, including 345 lbs. squatted weights, and lower body, back, shoulder, and chest workouts

Body leading: Yanyah also has a relaxed approach to her diet, particularly while pregnant, and will eat 'whatever I want, whenever I want to'

Body leading: Yanyah also has a relaxed approach to her diet, particularly while pregnant, and will eat ‘whatever I want, whenever I want to’

Scaled back: She has cut down the amount of weight she lifts by 25 to 30 per cent, as well as the intensity with which she works out

Scaled back: She has cut down the amount of weight she lifts by 25 to 30 per cent, as well as the intensity with which she works out

She said: ‘I constantly put disclaimers on my posts explaining that we are all different and that there is no one size fits all during pregnancy.

‘Pregnancy is without a doubt not a time to out-do or out-perform yourself in the gym and nothing that I do is,’ she added.

During her pregnancies, Yanyah has continued to do the same exercises she did before she was pregnant, including 345 lbs. squatted weights, and lower body, back, shoulder, and chest workouts.

However, she has cut down the amount of weight she lifts by 25 to 30 per cent, as well as the intensity with which she works out.

She said: ‘If I start feeling that I am getting past 75 per cent of my energy in an exercise, I stop immediately.

‘I will also not do anything that doesn’t feel right. So I am constantly listening to my maternal instinct as well as my professional experience.’

Yanyah also has a relaxed approach to her diet, particularly while pregnant, and will eat ‘whatever I want, whenever I want to.’

‘Most of the time I eat healthy because I genuinely like eating healthy,’ she said. ‘I like some good grilled chicken, sweet potato or rice, or some protein pasta with 93 per cent ground lean beef, and I don’t deprive myself of anything.

'Most of the time I eat healthy because I genuinely like eating healthy,' she said

‘Most of the time I eat healthy because I genuinely like eating healthy,’ she said

What a transformation! Yanyah has also documented how she transformed her body over time

What a transformation! Yanyah has also documented how she transformed her body over time

Hard work: She showed how she lost her baby weight after her first pregnancy and got back to a sixpack

Hard work: She showed how she lost her baby weight after her first pregnancy and got back to a sixpack

'Creating life is a powerful thing — the most powerful thing in this world I would say,' she said. ''It takes strength, it takes courage, it takes a lot of love to do it'

‘Creating life is a powerful thing — the most powerful thing in this world I would say,’ she said. ”It takes strength, it takes courage, it takes a lot of love to do it’

‘If I want a piece of cake; I will have a piece of cake. If I want a slice or two, or three of pizza I will have it,’ she added.

‘More and more doctors and medical caregivers are now realizing that the benefits of exercise during pregnancy far outweigh any risks, and in fact, a sedentary lifestyle is the real risk in pregnancy.

‘I am aware that what I do can be shocking to the eye because of the preconditioning we have around pregnant women; that we are weak, fragile, and delicate,’ she said.

‘Yes, some women might deal with medical problems which makes them just that — which is valid and should be respected but some of us don’t.

‘Some of us women feel more empowered than ever. Creating life is a powerful thing — the most powerful thing in this world I would say. 

‘It takes strength, it takes courage, it takes a lot of love to do it. And that is exactly what I am demonstrating; the power of a woman.’


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