Olympian Gives Birth While Lifting WeightsMadeline Holler
Chilean Olympic weightlifter Elizabeth Poblete had no idea she was pregnant. So she was pretty surprised when, during a training session — for weightlifting! — she had a baby.
The very tiny boy — doctors say he was three months premature — was rushed to the hospital in Sao Paulo, where Poblete lives, just after birth, as was the 22-year-old new mother Poblete.
The boy, who weighed 2.25 pounds, remains on a respirator in intensive care. Poblete has been released.
Poblete, who came in 12th in the Beijing Olympics, reportedly told the media that she could not pay for treatment for her son and was therefore released from the hospital. But the hospital denies those reports and said they will continue to care for the boy until he can be released.
So how did a 165-pound athlete not know even suspect she was having a baby? Some speculate that she was likely used to not having a period. I wonder if all that literal heavy-lifting had anything to do with the baby’s premature birth. I can’t help but also wonder about steriods and hormones and other performance enhancing drugs.
In any case, Poblete reported not feeling well the week prior to this surprise birth. She was practicing lifts at a training facility in Sao Paulo for an upcoming event when she went into labor.