By Sophie Norris
A mum-of-two has revealed footage of her pole dancing with her newborn BABY – and thanks the ‘amazing’ female body for her allowing her to keep up the past-time while pregnant.
Leanne Buckland kept up her training four times a week while pregnant with her second child and only stopped three months before the birth when she developed severe pelvic pain.
However the 30-year-old credits pole dancing for the easier ’20-minute’ birth of Paisley-Roux and believes teaching the exercise strengthened her abdominal muscles.
And now Leanne has even taken to the pole again despite giving birth just three months ago – this time with little Paisley-Roux strapped to her in a sling.
Video footage shows the athletic mum swinging around one handed while leaning backwards at a 90-degree angle and even holding her spinning body up with just her arms while the baby hangs between her chest and the pole.
Leanne, from Melksham, Wiltshire, said: “I’ve taken my daughter into the studio in her sling. Now she’s three months old she can support her neck quite well and I always wrap her up nice and tight.
“When I was messing around on the pole with her, she was looking around and smiling. I love to get her involved.
“I’m breastfeeding and try to feed her before I get on the pole, but if she needed it while I was there, I’d happily feed while dancing.
“I had been doing pole fitness for three years when I fell pregnant with Paisley-Roux and I’ve only just gone back now that she is three months old.”
Leanne managed to keep up her pole fitness until three months before the birth of her little girl. She credits the speed of her daughter’s delivery with her strong abs.
Leanne said: “As I was getting bigger, pole did get difficult but I was determined to keep going until I gave birth.
“After about six months my pelvis was getting quite painful and I had developed SPD [Symphysis pubis dysfunction].
“I was also feeling more tired and getting heavier. I had to wear a support belt to help with my pelvis pain so made the decision to stop until after the birth.
“The abdominal muscles that I’d developed from pole fitness definitely helped me in labour.
“With my first daughter Lexi, it was a much longer labour. This time, I was only in hospital for twenty minutes before I had her.”
Leanne began pole fitness in 2013 after previously hating sports, but within months she was hooked and going to classes up to four times a week.
The pole fitness instructor claims her toned physique and her quickly returning strength after birth have shown her how amazing the female body is.
Returning to the pole for the first time with her baby wrapped around her in a sling, she claims the little girl loved circling around and was smiling up at her.
She even claims that she’d be prepared to breastfeed her daughter while on the pole.
Leanne said: “I started pole fitness about four years ago when one of my friends began teaching it.
“I’d never done any kind of sport before. I was always quite a slim girl and didn’t really bother about exercise.
“After the first time I was hooked. I started off going once a week for the first six months, then before I knew it I was going up to four times a week.
“I saw a really quick improvement and was pretty strong in no time despite not having a gym background.
“I was amazing how it improved my core strength and before I had Paisley-Roux, I had a six pack.
“When I started to see that definition in my muscles, I was really enjoying it.
“After getting back in the studio, I found myself getting a back frustrated the first week, but by the second week there was such an improvement. It’s really helping to move my abdominals back together.”
Pole fitness has become a family affair for Leanne as even her older daughter Lexi and partner Liam Hodson, 24, both enjoy the sport too.
Leanne said: “My eight-year-old daughter has done pole fitness since I started and I used to have a pole in the front room.
“Pole dancing and pole fitness has such a stigma about it but you can go to all types of classes. There’s the sexier pole dancing ones or you can go to fitness classes.
“I personally love the fitness side of it. My fiancé Liam is really supportive and massively into fitness and weight lifting.
“I haven’t rushed back to teaching pole as I want to enjoy the baby and I’m breastfeeding, but I do take her with me sometimes.
“Liam is the same. He said he’d go back to the gym after the baby was born, but we just want to spend time as a family.
“Pole fitness has given me 100% more confidence and is so empowering.
“Looking at what the female body can do is amazing. I wasn’t an overconfident person beforehand but this has improved a lot.”