Gemma Marin, 30, is a Spanish actress and dancer based in Los Angeles. Having danced since she could walk, she didn’t even consider taking to the sidelines when she got pregnant with her first child, who’s due April 13.
At 33-weeks pregnant, Gemma’s rhythm remains R-E-M-A-R-K-A-B-L-E. Can you even?!
Gemma owes her agility to lots of practice: She danced and worked out at the gym right through her fifth month of pregnancy, at which point the weight of her baby belly began to cramp her style just a bit. “Now, I sometimes feel pain along my pubic bone, so although I can still do some dance styles like salsa and merengue, I have to take it easy,” she says, explaining why she’s been so focused on Latin American movements as of late.
From the videos she’s been posting on Instagram, a real peek at how she and her boyfriend, Israel Duffus (@Duffus25), a professional boxer from Panama and the father of Gemma’s baby, spend their days at home, you’d never guess that Gemma is in any discomfort at all.
Although Gemma is used to basking in the spotlight, she didn’t anticipate the amount of attention her dance videos would rack up: Some were watched nearly 225,000 times, with others receiving more than 10,000 likes.
That said, attention isn’t the only thing Gemma is after — she simply loves dancing while pregnant. “I think anything you do with your baby in your belly feels wonderful, because you are sharing it with her,” she says, adding that dancing with or without a baby on board counts as a solid workout and drastically improves her moods.
That’s not to say dancing is all fun and games when you’re pregnant.Gemma loses her breath more easily than she did when she danced for just one. Now that extra weight is appearing in new places, she’s found it tough to perform moves she used to navigate so easily. “You try to move your hips or waist, and then you realize, you don’t have a waist anymore!” Gemma explains. “It’s almost impossible to do steps that require me to go down to the floor.” (Same ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.)
As it happens, dancing with a pregnant partner has posed a whole new set of challenges for Israel, as well: “I had to tell my boyfriend to not to squeeze me against him a couple of times,” Gemma says.
While the baby moves and kicks inside Gemma as she dances, this behavior isn’t out of the ordinary. “She is always, and when I say always, I really mean always, moving and kicking,” Gemma says. “We know we are gonna be in trouble when she’s born!”
From the looks of it, though, Gemma and Israel will have no trouble keeping up. And should they lose track of their kid, $10 bucks says they’ll find her on some dance floor all like,? .
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