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Olympian runs 800-meter race while eight months pregnant

A pregnant Alysia Montano gets ready to run in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Olympian runs 800-meter race while eight months pregnant

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jun 27, 2014

Olympian Alysia Montano blew up the Internet after running an 800-meter race while eight months pregnant on Thursday. Montano competed in the run during the second day for the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. 

Montano crossed the finish line last, but reportedly had fans on their feet cheering for her as she ran just six weeks prior to her due date with her first child. She told reporters Thursday that both her doctor and her midwife approved the run.
 
“I’ve been running throughout my entire pregnancy and I’ve felt really, really good during the whole process,” she reportedly said.
 
The “Today” show reports “social media has lit up over how the five-time track-and-field champ clocked 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds during a qualifying heat … Twitter users called her an ‘inspiration’ and ‘superwoman,’” while others questioned “whether a woman in her eighth month should be exercising so intensely. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor, said there’s no reason for Montano to stop running, especially if she’s cleared by her medical team,” Today reports.
 
“The amniotic fluid provides cushion for the fetus and blood will not be shunted away to other parts of the body enough to harm mom or fetus,” Snyderman told Today. “Even the issue of stamina is a moot point. Balance may be affected a little from a shifting weight load but only minimally.”
 
A Facebook poll conducted by Today shows people overwhelmingly support Montano’s decision.

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.