Pictures of a 27-year-old mother-to-be have taken over the Chinese Internet recently, astounding netizens with her flexibility and skills on the pole.
Zhao Zhitong, who is nine months pregnant, works as a gymnastics and pole dance instructor in Anshan city, Liaoning province. Zhao told reporters that during her pregnancy she has continued to teach her students and practice dancing. When she was four months pregnant, she even signed up for a national pole dancing competition, and won sixth place.
“If they’d known about my pregnancy, I wouldn’t have stood a chance,” Zhao says.
Apparently, Zhao approached her employers about taking some time off for maternity leave; however, they couldn’t believe that was she was pregnant, because she certainly didn’t look it.
All of her students were also shocked when they first learned that she is expecting a baby at the beginning of April.
While some netizens admired Zhao’s boldness, others expressed their concern that what Zhao was doing would affect the health of her baby. However, the director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at a Liaoning hospital said that it’s good for childbirth if a woman who likes doing exercises maintains her routine during pregnancy.
Zhao isn’t the first pregnant woman to make headlines for continuing to do what she loves. Back in 2014, two badass pregnant women in Henan took home silver medals in a local dancing competition.
And, of course, there’s this young woman:
Belly dance instructress pregnant at 9 months, but nothing will stop her from doing what she loves best.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]