“I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising […] and the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby.”
-Alysia Montano, after running an 800-meter at the USATF championships in Sacramento at 34 weeks pregnant.
Alysia Montano, an American middle-distance runner and five-time USA Outdoor Champion who has conquered the 800 meter distance in a sizzling 1:57.34 and competed in the 2012 Olympics, didn’t listen to critics or let stigmas keep her from toeing the track start line while 34 weeks pregnant for the U.S. Championships last Thursday. Instead, she listened to her midwife who encouraged her to race.
She also listened to herself. She ran through her entire pregnancy and felt really, really good throughout the whole process of, ya know, growing another human being.
Having just given birth to my own son on Sunday, June 22nd, Alysia’s story stirred a lot of emotion for me and directly related to some feedback (wanted or not) that I received for continuing to run (albeit very low mileage) up until the day that I went into labor. Some supported me, others did not. But, most importantly, I learned only to listen to my own body and my doctor. Read more >>