Controversial weightlifting mum Lea-Ann Ellison gives birth to healthy baby boy

Son Skyler was two and a half weeks overdue but new mum is already boasting she has only 7lbs to lose

Controversial CrossFit weightlifter Lea-Ann Ellison has given birth to a healthy baby boy.

Exercise aficionado Lea-Ann hit the headlines after posting Facebook pictures of herself lifting heavy kettlebells above her head just two weeks before she was due.

Lea-Ann Ellison has given birth to a healthy baby boy

Her son Skyler Ellison, who was two and a half weeks overdue, was born on November 7 weighing in at 7.3lbs but instead of taking it easy, Lea-Ann kept exercising until three days before giving birth.

On November 4, Lea-Ann posted a picture of her workout schedule at the gym following a snap of the view from the top of Runyon Canyon just a few days before – a popular but tough hiking destination in Los Angeles.

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There was a serious backlash after the pictures of Lea-Ann’s pre-natal workouts went viral, with some labelling the images as “sickening” and “stupid”.

But the mother of three defended her decision, stating: “I strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body's capabilities to kick a*s.”

The 35-year-old gave birth to Skyler at home in a water bath and both mother and baby are doing well.

Lea-Ann sparked an online storm with pictures of her weightlifting two weeks before her due date [WENN]

In a series of status updates that are sure to court even more controversy, Lea-Ann informed her followers that not only is she just seven pounds away from her pre-pregnancy weight but that the haters “can KISS MY CROSSFIT A*S”.

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