Mom Embraces Body Building During Fourth Pregnancy Despite Internet Bullying

At age 22, Oxana Rumyantseva was pregnant with her first child and feeling awful.

She’d always been athletic, but doctorstold her to refrain from exercise while she was with child. Following thatadvice, Rumyantseva suffered terrible vein discomfort, back problems, swelling, and difficulty walking, during and followingher pregnancy.

Desperate for a remedy, Rumyantseva turned back to fitness. She slowly rebuilt her strength, started feeling much better, and simultaneously fell inlove withweight lifting.

Now, Rumyantseva is a personal trainerand European fitness champion, who competes in body building competitions and has over 58,ooo followers on social media.

What’s more amazing she’s38 weekspregnant for the fourth time, continuing her now doctor-approved workout routines, and feeling totally amazing.

While she’s physically feeling her best,she’s also, unfortunately, suffering harsh criticism from online trolls, who berate her body, her “selfish” commitment to prenatalfitness, and her character as a mother.

Despite haters’ attacks, this strong mom is staying body positive. Fitness saved her life, and she’s devoted to sharing her journey and her knowledge with other mommies-in-the-making.

Keep scrolling through our gallery to learn more about this powerful mom, and how she stood her body-positive ground against relentless bullies.

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When Oxana Rumyantseva first learned she was pregnant with her fourth child, she was over the moon. That is, until the social media haters started chiming in with their two cents.


Rumyantseva is a fitness competitor and personal trainer, with over 58,000 Instagram followers.

She regularly posts photos and videosdocumentingher workouts and physique, inspiring others to explore their own strengths and start reaping the rewarding health benefits of a physically fit lifestyle.


So, upon learning she was pregnant for the fourth time, this fitness guru immediately consulted with her doctor, seeking guidanceas to whether or not she shouldcontinue engaging in her diligent workout regimenduring her upcoming pregnancy.

Her previousthree pregnancies, you see, had all warranted different recommendationson this issue.


During her very first pregnancy, Rumyantseva hadbeen told to take things easy. In response,she refrained from exercise, and subsequently suffered terrible discomfort.

She was only 22 years old and, as Rumyantseva told LittleThings, “I gained 48 lbs. I had a lot of discomfort from my veins,serious problems with my back, swelling, and difficulty walking.”

On top of all of that,sheeven had trouble lifting her daughter after she was born.

Desperate for some relief, Rumyantseva, who’d always been athletic, turned back to fitness.


Rumyantsevabegan lifting weights, fell in love with body building, and devoted herself and her life to competing and training.

While her doctors discouraged her from training during her second pregnancy, she did exercise during herthird and said, “Everything was fine. I was training, eating clean, walking, and swimming during my the third, and my delivery was absolutely organic and natural.”


So this time around, withherdoctor’s approval, Rumyantseva continued her four, and then later on two to three weekly, low impact workouts, regularly sharingher journey on social media.

Early on,fans praised herinspiringphotos.However, as her pregnancy progressed,haters began swarming in,bombarding her posts with vicious backlash.

Rumyantseva told LittleThings that she received comments from “so many haters who don’t understand fitness during pregnancy and call[ed] my pregnancy ugly.”

Some threwout labels, deeming her “too skinny” and “selfish”, whileothers speculated that her workouts were stunting her baby’s growth.

“I was so disappointed about it at first,” she told LittleThings, “… And decided to turn away.

“But then, I thought I should talk about healthy pregnancy and lifestyles, because most women think that pregnancy is [a]disease and prefer to lie in bed,” a preference that, Rumyantseva reminded us,often isn’tnecessarily the healthiest choice.


This strong mom, therefore, continued and continues sharing her pregnancy journey with the world, bulliesbe damned.

As she wrote on Instagram, “I am what I am and can be no other! I’m warts and all.”

What’s more, Rumyantseva’shaters’ concerns couldn’t be further from the truth. Her doctor regularlychecks in on her little bun in the oven, and has recently confirmed that she’s right on track, growing at a normal rate and doing great.


Since her story has gained media traction, fans have floodedRumyantseva’sposts with praise.

Her supporterscontinuecelebrating her body positive message, andasking all sorts of new questions about how they, too, can lead active lives during pregnancy.


As this momtold LittleThings, “Now I think, I’m not a dollar and can’tfit everyone. I know what I’m doing, and I’m feeling good. My baby is anormal weight, I have more energy, and I don’thave pain orfatigue. That’s why I’m sharing my workouts.”

Still though, she remains vigilant about advocating for medical approval before any pregnant woman engages in exercise, explaining that she’s “always warning women to check with their doctors before training,becauseeach woman needs her own program.”


This strong mom isholding strong in her commitment to sharing her life lessonsandexpertise with other expecting mothers, hopefully motivatingmore womento find ways to livetheir happiest, healthiest pregnancies.


Despite garnering vicious backlash, this strong, fit mom continuesofferingher journey and body-positive message tothe world, inspiring other people pregnant or not to embrace fitness and spend every day astheir best selves.

What do you think of this mom’s body-positive pregnancy journey? Did you exercise during your pregnancy? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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