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39-week pregnant woman competes in marathon before baby-delivery

10-11-2011 15:22 BJT

BEIJING, Oct. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- If you are pregnant, people usually suggest you take good rests and no one would take a risk to recommend you many exercises.

Here is an Illinois lady, Amber Miller, disobeying the rules. Just 7 hours before giving birth to her second baby, the 39-week pregnant woman was competing in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, according to media reports Tuesday.

Miller walked half of the some 42-km marathon and ran the other half. She finished the race in 6:25:50, much slower than her usual time, but ahead of other 1,300 participants of the Chicago Marathon.

Miller said she had run marathon competitively for 15 years. This was her second pregnant marathon of the year and the third in her life.

In May, she ran the Wisconsin Marathon in 4:23:07 while 17 weeks pregnant with her daughter.

In 2009, she ran the Indianapolis Marathon in 4:30:27 while she was 18 weeks pregnant with her first baby.

Before the race, Miller's doctor said it was OK for her to run. Dr. Angela Chaudhari, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Northwestern University, also said it was OK for pregnant women to train for races and competition as long as they are listening to their body "and there's no other complications going on with the pregnancy".

Woman gives birth 7 hours after finishing marathon

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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