The final episode of “Challenge: All Stars“Season two saw another competitor having to leave the show due to pregnancy, Casey Cooper. The “Fresh Meat” star performed well in the season with her mate Cohutta Grindstaff but a flurry of pregnancy tests confirmed what she suspected and she was medically disqualified.
Since Casey is not the first female competitor to be dropped from the show due to pregnancy or discovered after filming that they were pregnant on the show, her departure has sparked a discussion among fans. on whether or not manufacturers should have a mandatory pregnancy test before each season.
An OG member and “All Stars” 2 rival, Ayanna Mackins, said she’s in favor of pregnant athletes and that “forced” pregnancy testing can be a “slippery slope”. She tweeted, “I am the #pregnantath athlete team. With 4 kids, all of my pregnancies have taken on more consideration. Inspired by @allysonfelix, @AlysiaMontano and @case_coop; Move how you feel you can! Hear more of mommas and their voices, less judgmental. ”
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Casey replied to Ayanna & the two had a discussion but she deleted her Twitter account
Casey responded to Ayanna’s tweet and told her co-star that she wanted to know about her pregnancy before the competition. Her tweet is no longer available because her account has been disabled. Ayanna says:
I heard that mom and agreed. multiple sides of the same coin, #pregnantathists talk about providing information to women’s health practitioners to competitive women, protecting women’s workplaces, and safe spaces to consider options to compete on a case-by-case basis punish.
Ayanna also tweeted, “Can forced testing be a slippery slope and cause unpredictable consequences? False positives are not uncommon for women with certain conditions, as is the privacy surrounding the results for those who might desire such things. Casey disagrees, telling Ayanna that no one else will know the results of the test so privacy won’t be an issue.
Casey also explained that finding out about mid-term pregnancy can affect mental health like anxiety and create more problems when explaining what happened to fans of the show.
Casey disclosure on “MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast” that she gave a lot of thought to the challenge where they jumped from backpackers into the water and some competitors landed heavily and injured themselves. She says she’s glad she decided to drop that before she hurts herself more, especially now that she learned she was pregnant at the time.
Casey isn’t the first female competitor to compete while pregnant, especially in recent seasons
There have been female reality stars on “The Challenge” while pregnant each season for the last few seasons, which has prompted many fans to call for a pregnancy test before the show even goes on. Bettina Buchanan reveals that she found out she was pregnant after being dropped from “Spies, Lies, and Allies”. She shared that she later had an abortion.
The previous season, “Double Agents”, Natalie Anderson was Medically disqualified after learning that she was pregnant at the beginning of the season. After returning home, she found out she was 8 weeks pregnant but unfortunately had a miscarriage a week later.
The show’s 35th season saw a competitor, Melissa Reeves, actually run the final part of the challenge while pregnant. She dropped out midway through the final and later said she could tell something was wrong. At that time, she was about 4 months pregnant disclosure, and went on to give birth to a baby girl, which she named Vienna for the location of the final ordeal.
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