Alysia Montaño Runs 800 Metre Race Thirty Four Weeks Pregnant

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  • Athlete Alysia Montaño did not let pregnancy get in the way.

    Olympic athlete Alysia Montaño has not let pregnancy get in the way of her career. The 28-year-old took part in the US track and field championships despite being thirty four weeks pregnant.

    Alysia is due to give birth in seven weeks but, after asking advice from her doctor, decided to take part in the 800 metre heat.

    ‘That [doctors’ advice] took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,’ Alysia told AP. ‘What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mum and the baby… I did all the things I normally do… I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.’

    Sounds sensible to us.

    She continued: ‘I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process.’

    The athlete came last in the race (which is to be expected given she’s running for two) but was more than happy with her performance, saying: ‘I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800.’

    Good on you, Alysia.

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