She effortlessly manoeuvres her way around a pole while being a whopping seven months pregnant.
Charlotte Robertson from Wiltshire in England conducts pole-dancing workshops all over the world and has performed on stage at the renowned Pole World Festival – all while being 30 weeks pregnant with her first child.
The mother-to-be, who competed in gymnastics at an elite level when she was young, decided to try out pole-dancing six years ago and has been hooked ever since. So much so that she decided to study to become a qualified pole-dance instructor and soon started competing nationally.
“Pole-dancing allows me to get back to my gymnastics roots and I find it really fulfilling, for both my competitive and training needs,” says Charlotte.
The 29-year-old says that when she discovered she was pregnant there wasn’t a doubt in her mind she’d carry on swinging her way around a pole.
But then during a routine pregnancy scan doctors told her and her partner, Luke (34), they’d be conducting additional tests to determine whether their child had Down syndrome.
“I was very careful. Nothing exercise-wise will harm the baby, so the tests were nothing to do with that,” she says.
After receiving the all-clear from doctors a few weeks later she decided to jump back on the pole – but says her baby bump does get in the way from time to time.
The brunette beauty hasn’t received any negative reactions from online trolls but is fully aware of the discussion surrounding working out while expecting.
“It’s all about what’s relative and works for you. If someone came to one of my classes pregnant who’d never done pole-dancing before, I’d tell them not to,” she says.