Olympic athlete Alysia Montaño did what many people would consider unthinkable: she completed her 800-meter race at the U.S. Championships despite the fact that she is eight months pregnant. Even though she finished last in her group, she is making headlines for the fact that she ran just six weeks shy of her due date.
The five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — just 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in a race she ran in Monaco four years earlier.
While many mothers usually slow down their physical activities a few weeks before their due date, it looks like Montaño isn’t letting something like pregnancy stop her from her day job. The 28-year-old former University of California athlete isn’t feeling any different than her non-pregnant competitors out there on the track field.
“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montaño revealed in an interview after her qualifying heat.
And for those that are worried about the health and safety of her baby, the professional athlete did get the greenlight from her doctor before competing. In fact, not only did her doctor say it was OK for her to run, he even encouraged her to compete, as well.
“That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” Montaño explained. “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.”
And while there’s no doubt that Montaño is a HUGE inspiration for both pregnant and non-expecting women alike, this just shows us once again that yes, women are basically awesome and have the ability to do anything with their bodies. I mean, sure Superman is able to move the planet with just his strength and a little kryptonite, but do you think he could do it while pregnant, as well? Ha!
And now excuse me while I go dust off my running shoes …