Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Woman gives birth hours after running marathon

Instead of having a rest after completing the Chicago Marathon, pregnant Amber Miller gave birth. Mrs Miller, who was nearly 39 weeks pregnant, said "it was the longest day of my life". She gave birth to a healthy 7.7lb (3.5kg) girl, June.

The marathon was the eighth for the 27-year-old, who already had one child. On her doctor's orders she ran half and walked half the distance. "Lots of people were cheering me on: 'Go pregnant lady'," she said.

"For me, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. I was running up until that point anyway," she said. "I am crazy about running." Because she half-walked the race, she finished the 26.2 mile (42.16km) course in 6:25 - slower than her usual pace.

"A few minutes after finishing, the contractions became stronger than normal and I understood what was going on," she said. "When they became more regular, we had a sandwich and then we left for hospital," Mrs Miller added.

There's a news video here.


Anonymous said...

She admits that she is crazy, and I agree. Hope the baby is OK. Sad, I think...no concern for the baby...why not ere on the safe side? She could have run a race next month.

cath said...

But pregnant women run all the time. Running itself isn't dangerous for the baby. The doctor advised her to run half and walk half to prevent her body from being overtaxed, which I guess would have been risky.She followed her doctor's orders, so I don't see the problem.

blitherypoop said...

The risk is fairly small if she was that far along anyway. Her blood pressure could be an issue, but not much beyond that.