By Liana Jacob

 

MEET THE pole dancing mum who danced her way through her pregnancy despite negative comments claiming it would HARM HER BABY and continued to wear her eight-inch heels even though her feet had swollen so much that they barely fit.

Pole dancer and instructor, Felicity Logan (31), from Kelso, Scotland, used to avoid swimming lessons at school for fear of people seeing her in a swimsuit and found herself undesirable and unattractive.

Felicity before she became so talented at pole. MDWfeatures / @felicitybambidoll

It wasn’t until she discovered pole dancing when was 18, that she began to love her body. After one class, she decided to quit and buy herself a pole for her bedroom and taught herself.

After 11 years of perfecting the art of exotic dancing, she met her partner, Jairo Tineo, who is also a dancer, who made her feel ready to have a child. She continued to pole dance eight months into her pregnancy.

Her son, Orlando, was born in January 2019, and she has been pole dancing five-times-a-week ever since in between breastfeeding him and putting him to bed.

Felicity pole danced throughout her pregnancy after perfecting the art. MDWfeatures / PoleOclock Images

“I had very little confidence growing up and always believed that I was not good enough and that I was not pretty or desirable,” Felicity said.

“I avoided school swimming lessons because I didn’t want people (especially boys) to see me in a swimming suit. I was very shy and body conscious and I was constantly comparing myself to others.

“I saw a movie called Dancing in the Blue Iguana, which was set in a bar, and when I saw the girls in the movie pole dance, I decided that that is what I wanted to do.

“I found a pole class at the bottom of my street which I believe was fate as it was one of the first ones in Scotland and just a five-minute-walk to my house.

“It was expensive, and I didn’t feel like I was learning a lot so I decided to buy my own pole and teach myself in my bedroom.

“After this I travelled worldwide performing and entertaining in more than fifteen countries before the age of twenty-five.

“It built my self-confidence and I believe it allows women to be in touch with their sexuality, improve muscle building and toning, improves flexibility, dance and grace.

Felicity before she was pregnant. MDWfeatures / @felicitybambidoll

“I thought about having a baby but was afraid that I would lose my skills that I had worked so hard for but eventually my mind changed when I met my partner Jairo Tineo, who was also a dancer and entertainer at the time.

“I saw so many amazing qualities in him and really began to realise he would be the best father and I wanted to start a family with him.

“So, I decided I wanted the best of both worlds and I began to see no reason why I couldn’t become a mother and a pole dancer.

“When I became pregnant, I was delighted, and pole danced my way through my whole pregnancy of course taking it easier on those last few months when I became increasingly heavier and less able to hold my own weight.

Felicity continued pole dancing until she was eight months pregnant. MDWfeatures / @felicitybambidoll

“I was also teaching until I was nine months pregnant; after more than ten years of vigorous training I believed in my body and had full confidence that I could safely pole dance and cause no harm to myself or my baby.

“In fact, it helped me stay fit and healthy throughout the pregnancy journey and kept me positive and happy.

“My son, Orlando Logan Tineo De La Rosa, was born on the 12th of January and after plenty of rest and recovery, I started slowly back on the pole after one month.

“I am so happy and surprised at how well my body has remembered my skills and although I don’t have the time I used to, I am still managing to have small pole training sessions between breastfeeding and putting the baby to bed.”

Felicity pole danced throughout her pregnancy after perfecting the art. MDWfeatures / PoleOclock Images

She is now juggling being a mum and pole dancer all at once and claims that while it can be damaging if your body is not used to it, it is possible to do both.

Felicity says that she might teach her son pole dancing in the future, if it is something he wants to do and hopes to one day open a pole dancing studio of her own.

“I am currently adapting to my new life as a mother and doing my training at my home in Scotland,” she said.

“I may not have a huge audience like I am used to in fact my only audience member is my little son – who absolutely loves watching his mummy dance.

“That’s how it will be for the next few months until I have regained my strength and flexibility and am ready to perform again.

“Perhaps my son will follow my footsteps and become a pole dancer too when he grows up. If that’s what he wants to do, why not? But I will always tell him to follow his heart and passion and do what makes him happy like I did.

“During my pregnancy, I couldn’t do certain elements on the pole that would compress my belly, I stayed away from really fast jerky movements.

“I tried to use as much control as I could to eliminate the risk of falling or slipping. I believe if your body is not used to it you could damage yourself. You must have body awareness which lets you know when it’s time to rest.

“This only comes from years of training. Certain contorted tricks that may compress internal organs too much could be damaging.

Felicity continued pole dancing until she was eight months pregnant. MDWfeatures / @felicitybambidoll

“Closer to the end of my pregnancy my feet were a little swollen although I still wore my eight-inch heels and at times my feet felt numb as they became too big for my shoes.

“This was the only problem apart from obviously having to be careful when I became too heavy closer to eight or nine months.

“Most people think it’s beautiful to watch a pregnant lady pole dance and most are amazed that it is even possible.

“However, there are a few that have negative opinions and think that it could harmful for the baby. Most of those who disapprove are not pole dancers themselves so don’t really know the art form.

Felicity with her partner, Tineo, kissing her bump. MDWfeatures / PoleOclock Images

“My partner has supported me every step of the way with my pole dancing. He always gives me honest opinions about my shows and helps me become the best I can be by supporting me and giving me great ideas. He also appears in many of my shows as my handsome human prop.

“I believe that pregnancy and motherhood should not hold you back and that you are capable of carrying on with your dreams whatever they are.

“But I do advise people not to start pole dancing when becoming pregnant if they have not done it before as their bodies are not used to it and it could be dangerous.”

You can see more of Felicity’s posts by visiting @felicitybambidoll.