The incident is generating some controversy regarding pregnancy and running.
Amber Miller just wanted to successfully complete Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. However, the 27-year-old got a little more than that: a baby girl, June Audra Miller.
Her baby was born after Miller had completed the 26.2-mile race in 6:25:50, walking half the distance and running the remainder.
“Running marathons and doing long-distance running was something that I had already done before I was pregnant, so my body was used to it,” Miller said.
The proud new mother admits that she had been a competitive runner for 15 years. Chicago was her second pregnant marathon. She finished the Wisconsin Marathon in May. Before the race, Miller said her doctor advised that she stay nourished and hydrated and to make sure she could carry a conversation.
“You don’t want to get your heart rate too high,” Miller said. “Surprisingly,” she said yesterday. “I’m feeling pretty good.”
Her story is getting mixed reactions from doctors. Dr. Shari Brasner assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York is skeptical. “Most of the time, babies tolerate maternal exercise, but that’s of moderate intensity,” she said.
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