Pregnant woman asked to leave gym because her ‘belly was hanging out’

A pregnant mother has been left humiliated after staff at her local gym asked her to leave because her belly was exposed.


by Ellie Hooper |
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Melissa Mantor, 31, was asked to leave by a female employee of Planet Fitness in South Carolina, because her pregnant 'belly was hanging out.'

The tank top and leggings - which she wears in her membership photo - was deemed not in keeping with the fitness centre's dress code, despite Melissa having worn it dozens of times before to work out.

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'I went to the gym for my usual workout but it was the first day that I was visibly pregnant,' said Melissa.

'I was on the treadmill, when a female employee came up to me and said "I'm going to have to ask you to leave, you are in violation of the dress code."'

The employee continued: '"Your belly's hanging out and I need to get it covered up." I told her: "Of course my belly is hanging out, I am pregnant."'

Mrs Mantor has now cancelled her membership with the gym.

'I can't go to a gym where they would make someone feel bad about themselves when they are trying to stay in shape,' she said.

In a statement from the director of PR for Planet Fitness, the company denied that Mrs Mantor was asked to leave the premises, and claimed she was offered a free t-shirt to complete her workout in.

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