Alysia Montano, 28 who is 34 weeks pregnant received a standing ovation as she ran in the quarterfinals of the Outdoor Track and Field Championships in California
Olympian athletes are not like normal people, and pregnant Olympians are even less like the ‘normal’ pregnant women amongst us.
Alysia wowed the crowds by completing 800 metres in slightly more than her personal best of 1:57.34, which is about the same time it takes us to get up off the sofa, pause One Born Every Minute, get to the kitchen and put the kettle on.
The athlete has been training as usual, and is taking part in competitive races under the strict guidance of her doctor.
Of the controversy surrounding a pregnant woman exercising to this level she admits that her doctor put her mind at rest about a possible public negative reaction and said: ‘That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy.”
She added:“What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby...I did all the things I normally do...I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.”
If you are expecting and want to continue with the same level of your exercise you were doing before you became pregnant always ask your midwife for advice.
And if you, like a lot of us, go to pregnancy yoga for a bit of me time and to lie on the floor with some other pregnant ladies who know what you’re going through – continue as you are!