Alysia Montano runs US Track Championships 8 months pregnant

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Alysia Montano runs US Track Championships 8 months pregnant
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Fri, 06-27-2014 - 11:17am

WOW!! 8 months pregnant, Alysica Montano ran the 800 meter event at the US Track Championships. (Her time was nearly the same as the best I've ever done in my life- in the best shape of my life NOT pregnant!!) Alysia Montano Runs US Track Championships 34 Weeks Pregnant

I could barely move at 34 weeks much less run a half mile. Did you exercise when you were pregnant? Did you ever try to compete at an athletic even while pregnant?

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002

Wow, good for her.   LOL, I've never competed in anything w/out being pregnant, never mind being pregnant!  I did work out through both pregnancies, though, to the end.  I think it made all the differenc e in having easy pregnancies and recoveries.






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Registered: 09-25-2003

Yes, good for her, as long as that is safe for her and her baby!  No, I couldn't work out when I was pregnant because I was so sick and because I was an uncomfortable beached whale.  I know, I know, that's not healthy, but I was taking medicine throughout most of the pregnancy because I was so sick!

I am amazed at women who are able to continue working out.  I remember one woman who did step class until she delivered or another who was in spin.  Ouch is all I could think.

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Registered: 04-05-2002

I did a four step class the day I delivered. It was in the afternoon and I went into labor that night. That was with the first. With the second, I hadn't gone to the gym in a few days.  I think it helped w/ having a fast recovery.  Right after delivering my son, I was ready to get out and about, but wasn't allowed to.






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Registered: 06-16-1998

I "worked out" during both pregnancies. I had to limit the amount of time on my feet so the doctor recommended swimming. With #1 I swam 3 times a week for ~1.5 miles up to a few days before delivery (both were planned C-sections). I was very fit and strong and was up walking as soon as the epidural wore off. With #2 I didn't start the swimming until about the 6th month and don't remember how far I was swimming but I'm sure it helped with recovery. What I looked like in a maternity bathing suit was something else....

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Registered: 04-05-2002

Swimming is such a great workout for so many different times of our lives.  I was too cheap to spring for a maternity suit so I wore my largest suit and put on a tshirt.  Not attractive but it worked. Of course, it stretched out my suit so much that I couldn't wear it again so I probably should have just bought a maternity suit.  Do you still swim?






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Registered: 06-16-1998

There's no way I could have worn a regular suit during the last couple of months with ds, I carried him all out front!

I've just resumed lap swimming after a long time off. Unfortunately during that time off I injured my sacroiliac, and I underestimated how much twisting of the torso is involved in swimming. I can do backstroke and breast stroke if I'm really careful about keeping my abs tight and pelvis stablized, otherwise the SI hurts a lot...crawl has too much twisting, and forget butterfly. Increasing distance is going to be slower than I had hoped.

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Registered: 09-25-2003

EL and Jean, you guys are awesome pregnant women!  And Jean, four step on the day you delivered?  That takes so much balance work!  I remember falling a couple times because I was so "front-heavy."  lol  EL, it sounds like you were a swimmer.  I meet few people who do all four strokes!  I only hope one day I can return to swimming. 

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Registered: 04-05-2002

I never thought about how much twisting there is in the crawl either.  You must have good speed/power to be able to torque your SI joint!






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Registered: 06-16-1998

Jean, I don't have much power or speed these days. I think it says more about how inflammed my SI must be. Its one of those joints that we don't think about until it hurts....then we realize how many movements we make, all day long, that use it. Something as gentle as sweeping the kitchen floor actually has a lot of twisting motion, which is the killer. Also having the back swayed hurts, so that rules out using the kickboard in the pool, and some other movements on dry land. Its one of those vicious cycle things: the abs need to be strengthened to help stabilize the area but a lot of ab exercises can make it hurt.

FSN, I probably can't even do butterfly anymore but I did learn it as a kid when I was on swim team. And of course, knowing how to do it vs do it well vs do it for more than one lap are all different things!!

On tv I saw some video of Montano running, I can't even imagine how she could run with that big belly--ouch! Maybe was wearing a support belt?