Mary Helen Bowers, the founder of Ballet Beautiful and trainer for Victoria’s Secret models, has released stunning photos of herself dancing throughout her pregnancy.
The 33-year-old dancer had consulted her doctor prior to her performances, who cleared her to continue dancing right up to the point of labour. She has taken photos of herself at many stages of her pregnancy. Ms Bowers danced with the New York City Ballet for 10 years, and became famous more recently when she worked with Natalie Portman on her role in the movie Black Swan. Her company, Ballet Beautiful runs exercise classes and publishes the globally popular DVD workouts based on ballet dancing.
Ms Bowers has enjoyed her pregnancy, stating, "Pregnancy is magical, I've never felt more connected to my body”, adding, "Looking back, I'm so happy that I've taken so many photos and really documented the different stages". Her beautiful photos highlight the fact that women are able to continue exercising throughout pregnancy, and although the majority will not have the same level of fitness as Ms Bowers, her photos may encourage other pregnant women to exercise, benefiting both mother and baby.
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