The pregnant ballerina may be heading into her third trimester, but she's still got moves!
It is a video you simply have to see to believe. At six months pregnant, a ballerina is still executing flawless pirouettes!
Comments to New York City Ballet dancer Ashley Bouder's Instagram page, where a video of her spinning a dozen times during practice was posted, are thankfully encouraging, rather than critical, as we are so used to seeing with pregnant women in sick shape.
Here is a sample of viewers' reactions to this incredible spinning baby bump:
"That baby's probably like 'what is going on out there' Lol you're so amazing Ashley. Like OMG!!!"
"Woah that's crazy good."
Bouder, who is 32 years old, has been dancing with the professional company since 2000, and is now expecting her first child in April. Having a bun in the oven hasn't slowed her down, though. In fact, at four months pregnant, she was on stage in performances for "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker."
But while it's impossible to imagine dancing this beautifully even not pregnant, let alone wearing a tight leotard during the second trimester, let's remember Bouder is a professional ballerina. These spins are probably nothing to her; although her constantly changing center of gravity must present challenges along the way!
This graceful mom-to-be is simply doing what her body is used to doing, and it is truly inspiring to behold. Here's hoping she continues to pirouette into the delivery room; just maybe not en pointe. And, um, not too quickly!
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Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.