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With pregnancy often comes restrictions – lists and lists of things you can’t do, can’t eat, can’t wear.

While many mothers observe these rules and expectations closely, others, perhaps, choose not to: one of whom is Floridian pole dancer and instructor Allison Sipes who has continued to pole dance throughout her pregnancy.

Allison has been pole dancing since 2005. The 35-year-old teaches pole and also manages the US Pole Sports Federation, so was determined not to stop upon her expectancy.

She explained how she kept dancing to the Metro:

Pole dancing was business as usual until about 6 months, then the extra weight gain/weight displacement began to make it challenging strength wise, and with regards to what I was able to do safely with my growing belly.

But nonetheless, she continued and is still dancing at 38 weeks.

When she spoke to her doctors, they all thought her form of exercise was "pretty cool!"

She continued:

They all encouraged me to continue exercise as long as I wanted to. I have fortunately had a very healthy pregnancy with zero complications, so keeping up with what I love to do – pole and aerial – has been a blessing.

When so many people feel like they can pass judgement on the appearance of pregnant women and the practice of pole dancing artists, Allison is a powerful vision of commitment and skill.

We salute you, and wish we could pole dance full stop – let alone when pregnant.

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