Published October 10, 2011
While most pregnant women engage in light walking or prenatal yoga for exercise, one mother-to-be crossed the finish line of a marathon – and promptly gave birth, WGN-TV.com reported.
Amber Miller was almost 39 weeks pregnant when she ran in the Chicago Marathon Sunday. Shortly after finishing, Miller began to feel contractions. She went to grab something to eat and then continued on to the hospital.
At 10:29 p.m., Miller gave birth to her second child: a baby girl named June, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
Miller said her doctor gave her permission to train and run in half of the marathon – but said she had to walk the other half.
However, Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, advised other pregnant women to think twice before running 26.2 miles so late into their pregnancies.
“Exercise during pregnancy is good, but running a marathon at 38 weeks is a little too much,” Alvarez said.
“The reason I don’t think it’s a good idea is that all that bouncing and pounding could not only put a woman into labor, but that kind of harsh workout could also create fetal distress, whether by premature separation of the placenta or an umbilical cord accident.”