Athletic mum-to-be is still pole dancing in seven-inch heels at five months pregnant

Mum-to-be won't let pregnancy stop her from pole dancing.

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A fitness-loving woman has decided that she isn’t going to let pregnancy stop her from doing what she loves – pole dancing.

Kristen Leigh, 33, is currently five months pregnant, but she is still doing her regular pole workouts in seven-inch heels.

Physical therapist Kristen, from the Bay Area, California, adores the feeling of freedom she has on the pole, and has no plans to stop until she has to.

‘I just absolutely love it,’ says Kristen. ‘I love the community and how supportive everybody is.

‘For me personally, who did dance for so long, I love the constant exploration of ways I can move my body.

‘It really challenges me to think of how I move my body in a different way and learning skills and tricks is really rewarding.’

Kristen has been pole dancing since 2014. (Picture: Kristen Leigh/SWNS)

Kristen started pole dancing in 2014 after visiting a strip club in Portland, and she was taken in by the skills of the performers/

‘One of the dancers was doing really amazing contortionist style tricks with lots of strength and that made me really want to try it,’ she says.

‘I was too shy to go alone but once some of my friends suggested it, we went and I fell in love.’

Kristen began performing in 2016 with Bay Area Company Flux Vertical Theatre and began competing in 2017.

‘As long as I can still dance around the base of the pole then I’m going to do it.’ (Picture: Kristen Leigh/SWNS)

When Covid shut down studios, she began training on a pole in her home, but didn’t have the same space or safety precautions to train the way she could in a studio.

Missing out on training made her more cautious about how she chooses to train and what tricks she attempts now that she’s pregnant and studios are back open.

‘When studios re-opened, they weren’t allowed to spot us because of social distancing,’ she says.

‘Because they weren’t allowed to spot us, I didn’t feel comfortable doing aerial and more challenging tricks that I would have been doing before. So now I do more choreography.’

Kristen has stopped doing aerial tricks as her pregnancy has progressed. (Picture: Kristen Leigh/SWNS)

The mum-to-be encourages people to support dance companies and pole dancers, and to try the pole at least once.

‘Anything that involves moving your body, muscles, joints and raising your heart rate is physical fitness,’ she adds.

‘If you do what you enjoy and with people you like you’re going to love it more, so find what you enjoy.’

Kristen said she plans to continue pole at some level throughout the entirety of her pregnancy.

‘Of course, there’s going to be things I can’t do like laying on my stomach or inversions,’ she says.

‘But as long as I can still dance around the base of the pole then I’m going to do it. Though I’ll probably switch to wearing socks at some point.’

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