Bump Some Bedrest: Woman Completes 800 Meter Run While 34 Weeks Pregnant
At eight months pregnant most women don’t want to stand for longer than ten minutes, let alone compete in a race. But 28-year-old Alysia Montano is not just remaining active during her pregnancy she’s continuing her career as an athlete.
The 28-year-old ran the 800 meters on Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championship. The five time national champion finished in 2 minutes and 32.13 seconds, nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best in Monaco in 2010.
Although The University of California Star finished last, she wasn’t fazed as she received a rousing ovation finishing her first lap that only grew louder when she crossed the finish line.
“I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800,” said the 34-week-pregnant athlete.
Of course all of this activity was under a physician’s supervision. Doctors not only gave Montano the OK to compete but encouraged her to. Other doctors warn that Montano could continue to run because her body was used to that type of activity, but they don’t necessarily recommend the same for other women.
“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montano said after the qualifying heat.
“That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” Montano said. “What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. … I did all the things I normally do … I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.”
I say it all the time: Being pregnant is not a handicap, and although there are some women who definitely need to turn down for both their baby’s health and their own, most normal pregnancies do not require a woman to sit down and settle for a sedentary life for nine months. Congrats to Alysia and we wish her and her baby the best.
Check out Alysia crossing the finish line and what she told ESPN about representing female athletes starting families: