Woman "runs" marathon when 39 weeks pregnant

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11/10/2011 at 15:36

Having read up on the subject in the past, there is no reason why a pregnant woman can't exercise even relatively vigorously all the way through her pregnancy, as long as she ensures that she doesn't increase her core temperature by over a certain amount (can't remember exactly), doesn't get into oxygen debt, stays hydrated and avoids impact. 

From the article I read, she was a seasoned marathoner, had trained well, and took things easy on the day.  There's a difference between running 26.2 and racing 26.2

However, as Ninja says, the logistics of getting to the hospital had she gone into labour during the race may have been tricky. 

11/10/2011 at 15:41

I can't imagine doing a marathon while 39 weeks pregnant !

However, when I worked at a gym, one of our members came in looking desperate, determined and very, very pregnant. Her baby was overdue and her doctor had advised her to try gently jogging ... her treadmill was surrounded by her hubby, 2 of the personal trainers and the duty manager, all with spare towels and clutching mobile phones in case she went into labour on the gym floor! She didn't, but she did give birth the next day so perhaps it works ... I can't see it being as popular as a hot curry though.

11/10/2011 at 16:14
I think it's up to a woman what she does with her own body and that there is no 'baby' until a 'baby' is born.
11/10/2011 at 16:54
While I do kind of agree with what you are saying - 39 weeks is pretty damn close.
11/10/2011 at 17:01
FlowDemand wrote (see)
I think it's up to a woman what she does with her own body and that there is no 'baby' until a 'baby' is born.

I think I may hear the sound of a can of worms being opened.
11/10/2011 at 17:05
Little Ninja wrote (see)

I just tried to find her splits but the results aren't showing.

Don't the doctors just sew up the splits?
11/10/2011 at 17:06

Frankly I don't know what to think, well done to her for completing it and poor her she won't get much recovery time with a small baby around but part of me thinks it was irresponsible and silly to put the child under risk. Either way, good that it all ended well.

11/10/2011 at 17:52

I really don't know why people are 'angry'. The doctors did give her the go-ahead. I can see many reasons why she should not run a marathon, BUT surely it is down to the woman, her husband and the health professionals.

Her husband should have kept up with her though! And maybe hired a midwife who was also a marathon-runner

11/10/2011 at 21:29
Well I can think of easier, and more fun ways, of inducing labour. Curry. Sex. Actually, sex at 39 weeks is *not* fun, it's functional and dull. But MUCH easier than running 26.2 miles.
When I'm pregnant, I can just about waddle to the toilet for a wee. A walk to the corner shop is a serious achievement. Thinking about it, a mate of mine used to take a bucket to bed with her because she couldn't be arsed with the 5 times nightly toilet visits. But I digress.
MENTAL woman.
11/10/2011 at 21:32

I managed a mile the night before little C born so well done on her 26.2 miles.  Least she asked her Dr first but like others, wonder what would have been said if it had gone wrong.

11/10/2011 at 22:34

I wonder just how easy she found the labour given that she would have been pretty tired already.  A recipe for emergency section IMHO.  As someone who sees the effects of difficult births on children I think this was taking too much of a risk.  I do wonder whether it was her regular doctor who said it was OK or if she shopped around till they told her what she wanted to hear.

11/10/2011 at 23:28

Mrs WA ran throughout 2 pregnancies right to the last day.. She did a comfortable 3:40  in london @ 18 weeks pregnant on one occasion. In the last few weeks she was doing 6 ish miles a day on a treadmill. A consultant she saw at one point, one who saw various 'proper' athletes privately described her 70 mile per week schedule as 'light' and told us it would do her good

Still, I don't think an actually marathon @ 39 weeks compared to 6 on a treadie is risking it a bit.

12/10/2011 at 13:01

I’m glad someone on here as added the bit about her being a seasoned marathon runner, because this is a typical media sensationalist story – she did take medical advice before she ran, and she was actually a couple of hours outside her 4 hour PB. AND despite being 38 weeks pregnant she still finished some 19 minutes in front of her husband who presumably was not 38 weeks pregnant. She had trained at some level throughout her pregnancy and I know  a lot of people do take  6 odd hours to negotiate a marathon course, but to be over 2 hours outside of her pb suggests that she walked or jogged very slowly round the course.  So where is the difference between what she did and spending the day walking around a zoo or shopping centre or whatever.  Her achievement is running a marathon at that stage of her pregnancy not running a marathon in 6 odd hours!!


 As far as medical help, the guy who collapsed 500 metres from the finish and died received medical attention very quickly – alright you could say that hers wasn’t a medical emergency but then pregnancy isn’t a medical condition.  If she took medical help away from people with blisters or joggers nipple then not really a medical emergence either.


My rant now over – good luck to her, the new addition to the family and to the rest of them – (and perhaps it might motivate her husband to train properly in future other wise he will be known as the man who got beaten by a 38 week pregnant woman!!)

seren nos    pirate
12/10/2011 at 13:12

if you exerc ise pre pregnacy then it is fine to carry on after.............she was obviously fit enough to do ity and took medical advice..............

It is very difficult to damage a healthy grown baby isn't it........

I think more damaging is probably the number of women who carry on working in stressful jobs ( aren't most of them nowadays) right up to the date..............stress I think is more dangerous that run/walking as she has obviously kept doing...................

if you already have a toddler with another in school.............then right up to the date you are walking the children back and to school a few times a day...running around after the toddler .picking then up and carrying them..........playing games..............having toddlers jumping on your belly when you are sleeping.........

i think a marathon as an easy pace would be easier..........

12/10/2011 at 13:17

I was discussing this with a friend of mine who ran every day up to the birth (normally around 10miles) and she said it relaxed the baby and her by doing so. Not too sure about that as i've never had children but she swore by a gentle run every day to keep away some of her pregnancy niggles.

My sister in law could barely tie her shoes let alone run when she was pregnant - I guess it's how your body works!

12/10/2011 at 13:20
I think perhaps I have major trouble empathising with this one is because I was in the 'barely tie shoe-laces' camp and had 2 deliveries that required surgical intervention.
12/10/2011 at 22:47

Well I'm just in awe of this woman!!! How incredible! Without turning the thread all preggy I could hardly walk at 39 wks...as far as running is concerned I'm training for 1st mara (vlm) and can't even contemplate the distance yet. Superwoman or what?

Never mind the risks though...she's making all other pregnant women look like lazy wotnots. My running stopped 5 secs after pregnancy was confirmed and I concentrated all efforts on marathon cream cake eating (calcium..)!!!

13/10/2011 at 00:10

Here's a first;

I have absolutely no idea if this woman was posing a risk either to her baby or herself by running then walking a marathon at 39 weeks pregnant. I am not a woman who has ever been pregnant and a runner. A midwife or a gynaecologist.

Any opinion I voice would be based on supposition and ignorance.

I believe 90%  of discussions on this forum can be answered like this.

Except those concerning squirrels

They are vermin and look sneaky.

16/10/2011 at 17:26
Her husband needs to do some training.........what an embarrasment for him!- You'd think she'd have slowed down for him, obviously still feeling a bit competitive!- perhaps they had a serious bet on the result.....like who gets up in the night to change the new sprog?

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