Mom Gives Birth Less Than Eight Hours After Completing Chicago Marathon
No one can call Amber Miller a slacker. The 27-year-old woman did what a lot of us couldn't. She ran the Chicago Marathon last Sunday and completed the race. That in and of itself is a feat most of us couldn't accomplish. What makes Miller's accomplishment even more extraordinary is that she did it while she was almost 39 weeks pregnant. As if that wasn't enough Miller completed the race despite experiencing contractions and gave birth less than eight hours later.
Miller and her husband had registered to run the 26.2 mile race early in her pregnancy and she didn't see any reason why she should change her plans when last Sunday rolled around. Feeling up to it, despite being almost 39 weeks pregnant, she received her doctor's permission to compete in the race, provided that she ran half and walked half of the course. Miller's husband accompanied her for part of the race. Even when she began to experience contractions, it didn't stop her.Miller went on to finish the race in 6 hours and 25 minutes and then delivered her second child a little over 7 hours later.
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While it might seem odd that a doctor would allow the very pregnant woman to undertake such an event, Miller is in fact a seasoned marathon racer, having completed eight such marathons in her career. She reported that she had been running throughout her pregnancy, even having run a marathon early on in this pregnancy in Wisconsin. As such, her doctor didn't have a problem with her participating in the race with the doctor's modified guidelines. Race officials didn't object to her participation, but she remarked that she did get some odd looks as she was navigating through the course.