Pregnant mom wrestles alligators in spite of danger
A Florida mom, Martha Rivera, a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie wrestles alligators, even at 7-months pregnant. She even claims to have done shows "fully pregnant" in the past, saying there is no difference between herself and someone who happens to have a big belly.
Riviera and her husband have an 8-year-old son and have been volunteering at the Everglades Outpost Wildfire Rescue for the past 2 years. She says she just can't get enough of the thrill of being close to the alligators. She gets in the water with them, feeds them raw meat, climbs on their backs and wrestles them all in a volunteer capacity. In essence, she is voluntarily risking not only her life but that of her child.
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"I know my limits. I know which alligators I can work with and which alligators I cannot work with. I know the size, the tricks I can do, the tricks I can't do," she said. "I would not ... do something I thought I could do without really thinking it through, because I would danger not just myself but the animal as well."
So it seems that Mrs. Rivera is concerned with everyone's safety except for her child's. Seems Mrs. Rivera isn't letting anything or anyone slow her down while she's pregnant. She's not letting pregnancy alter her life at all.
We'd like to think that times have changed. Just think of all those movies from the 1950's with women sipping on champagne and smoking Virginia Slims while 8 months pregnant. No one scoffed; no one questioned it at all. It was common practice. They must have thought that the unborn child was completely autonomous from the mother but now, we know better.
Science has come a long way and we know that smoking, drinking and other dangerous behaviors are bad for baby. Call me old fashioned but I think that wrestling alligators falls into that category this is why when I see a pregnant woman smoking or drinking, it makes me see red. I can't understand how any woman could put herself and her unborn child's life in jeopardy.
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