“I know there is a lot of stigma,…..behind pregnant women exercising. And the truth is, it’s good for the mom and baby,” Alysia Montana says.
Alysia Montano is the pregnant woman who competed in the women’s 800-meter opening round during day 1 of the 2017 USA track & field championships.
Three years ago, Montano was 8-months pregnant with her first child when she ran in the same competition.
This time, Montano was 5-months gone and due in November.
In a chat with Team USA, Montano explained that she was inspired by an actress in the recently released American movie, who shot the movie while pregnant.
“I wanted Wonder Woman to represent me. When I found out (star Gal Gadot) filmed half the movie five months pregnant, I said, ‘I for sure am signing up for USA nationals.’ I don’t define myself as a runner. I really define myself as a fighter for good. And I see that playing true in running.”
She explained that she ran for a lot of people, whom she inspired and also showed that pregnant women could run without harming themselves or their child.
I came here last time at 8 months pregnant in 2014 and it was such an amazing experience. There is something about coming out to any venue not really expecting to win but going along with the journey and seeing what comes out of it.
It is the most beautiful part about me being a track and field athlete with the platform I have, I feel so responsible for being a representative for people who don’t have a safe platform or voice that I do.
It’s still a conversation that needs to be had. I represent so many different people: women, black women, pregnant women. It’s my responsibility to make sure I’m a voice and an advocate for them.
Thank you for the L❤️VE everyone. I love this message I've reposted for all to read below 👇🏾 #Repost @hollyperkins ・・・ Alysia Montano races in the 800 meters at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships while 5 months pregnant. YES, it is perfectly safe to be active during pregnancy. In fact, every single client of mine who worked with me through her pregnancy reports that without question, every aspect of her experience was better because she stayed active. YES, each pregnancy is different, and each woman needs to make this decision for herself, with her doctor. The ACOG official position statement on pregnancy and exercise says: "Physical activity during pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women, although some modification to exercise routines may be necessary because of the normal anatomic and physiologic changes and fetal requirements." Therfore, WAY TO GO @alysiamontano and @emilyskyefit for being amazing inspirations. #womensstrengthnation Big thanks to 📷 @jeffcohenphoto for this amazing moment.