Olympic Runner Raises Eyebrows for Competing in Race at 34 Weeks Pregnant

Alysia MontanoPregnancy means the end of many things: sushi, feta cheese, alcohol. But it doesn't have to signal the stoppage of your favorite activities, like your workouts. Take, for instance, Olympic runner Alysia Montano, a five-time U.S. national track and field champion, who completed the 800-meter run at 34 weeks pregnant.

And better yet? She finished in fifth place and was never lapped by another runner. Did we also mention that she was 34 weeks pregnant?! Wow. 


Now before anyone jumps to conclusions and criticizes the champion for running while pregnant (which is already happening, by the by), know that she not only consulted her doctor, but she was encouraged by the physician to participate. And her words of wisdom can inspire any expectant mom to take on her own challenges:

I did all the things I normally do ... I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.

Isn't that so true? Her life still goes on, and only this year was her "normal" state shifted just a bit. So go mama!

More from The Stir: Running During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

It's so vital to keep moving during pregnancy. Doctors recommend 30 minutes of physical activity per day for a pregnant woman. So if you've been running your whole life, you probably don't have to put it on hold! Plus, you've got a whole new running partner to shake things up.

Of course, you should always check with your doctor to make sure your activity is safe. But don't be afraid to ask; that's what they're there for -- to answer questions like this! Once he or she gives you the "go ahead," tie up those laces and get to steppin'.

Did you continue exercising during your pregnancy?


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