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A Good Idea or just Very Silly?
Pre-existing medical conditions?
"39 weeks gone and it could blow any minute"
no win situation really
some women have asy pregnancies and some not
some are never the same after and some dont survive
dont be sorry for your rant
your are spot on mate
I would have thought it wasn't worth the risk. Couldn't "proper running" lead to the baby being shaken? And if said nipper came out tout suite by the side of the road that wouldn't have been that great either.
A healthy baby is more important than a 6 hr 25 marathon - it seems obvious to me but some people don't seem to understand the concept of erring on the side of caution.
Sky News reports:
' Before the world-famous marathon, doctors had given her the all-clear to run half the race.
'Her time was six hours, 25 minutes and 50 seconds, which is much slower than her usual marathon time.
But she was happy with the experience and still managed to beat her husband Joe by 19 minutes.
Some people think that runners are nuts
I expect her next challenge will be an ultra, if that wasn't 'ultra' enough!
I just tried to find her splits but the results aren't showing.
Why take the gamble that something could have gone wrong? Med staff were there to help people with blisters, strains etc not give birth. If the lady had needed to get to hospital in an ambulance, I bet the surrounding roads would have been very congested. And of course, they'd also had to have tried to find her husband in the race. The husband and wife didn't even stay together FFS.
Not that I agree with what she did but just to offer an alternative view:
Labouring women throughout history pretty much worked until the day baby was due - they couldn't afford not to. Physical exertion immediately prior to (and not that long after) the birth would not have been looked on as anything unusual in the past.
That's a good point Screamapillar - I think that's one thing that we forget; previously things were a lot different.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.