Last week 31 year-old mother and athlete, Alysia Montano, became a real life Wonder Woman when she competed in the USA national track and field championships five months pregnant.Way to go mumma!
A wonder-ful moment
Inspired by the actress Gal Gadot, who recently revealed she was five months pregnant for most of the filming of Wonder Woman, Montano competed in the 800m track and field race last week wearing a crop top emblazoned with the iconic superhero character. Going on to finish the race in 2 minutes, 21.40 seconds. Wow!
An inspiration to her children
We were already amazed to learn that Serena Williams won the Australian Open in the early stages of her pregnancy, and Montano’s decision to race with her second bub on board is similarly inspiring others to go against the stereotypes of what women are capable of whilst pregnant – which is actually quite a lot!
The athlete also revealed it’s important for her to be a strong role model for her children who she aims to inspire and empower.
“My mission as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, and as a human is to always fight for good and the empowerment of others. I hope that one day my children can look at the world through a lens filled with kindness, compassion, hope, empowerment and purpose. I hope when my children think of me in their pursuits they might see me as an example of strength and not only think ‘Strong like Mom,’ but perhaps they may see their abilities and think ‘Stronger THAN Mom,'” writes Montano on her Instagram post below.
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My mission as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, and as a human is to always fight for good and the empowerment of others. I hope that one day my children can look at the world through a lens filled with kindness, compassion, hope, empowerment and purpose. I hope when my children think of me in their pursuits they might see me as an example of strength and not only think "Strong like Mom", but perhaps they may see their abilities and think "Stronger THAN Mom". #motivationmonday #LetsDoThisForTheseBabies
It’s not her first time
If this recent act isn’t bad ass enough, Montano actually competed in the same track and field championship race in 2014 when eight (yes eight!!) months pregnant with her now three year-old gorgeous and healthy daughter.
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#Mood Thank you to everyone for all of the positive comments. Let's continue to educate all. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• As I walked out to run pregnant at USA Nationals the first time in 2014, a man with his young daughter asked "But Why?!" I held my head up, chin high and began to walk with a strut as I said " because your daughter deserves a fighting chance." This conversation is worth having for our future mothers and mothers to be and their children. #HerWorth #HerValue
Racing while so heavily pregnant received mixed reviews, with many questioning how wise it was to take such a risk while so far along in her pregnancy. When asked “Why?” at the time by a man watching the race with his daughter, Montano hit back saying “because your daughter deserves a fighting chance.” Whatever your views, she has definitely opened up the conversation about women and their abilities, especially during pregnancy.
But is it safe?
Let’s face it, when pregnant most of us are feet up on the couch feeling dreadful, so to compete professionally in a gruelling athletic race seems almost impossible and completely amazing. But is it actually safe for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby?
According to certified fitness expert, Holly Perkins, it is! In fact, all of her clients reported better pregnancies because they remained active.
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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. ▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃ #fitness #fitspo #fitfam #strength #gym #workout #exercise #fitnessaddict #fit #fitspiration #fitnessmotivation #girlsthatlift #bodybuilding #fitgirls #healthy #instafit #GirlsWithMuscles #Women #squat #deadlift
Each pregnancy is different
While it’s a known fact that exercise is beneficial for both mum and bub, it’s not advised to take up a new strenuous form of exercise while pregnant if your body isn’t used to it. So if you’re seven months along and thinking of suddenly running a marathon when you’ve only ever run for the bus – then this isn’t a good idea. Each pregnancy and baby is different too, so you need to listen to your body and always speak to your doctor about any exercise regimes you might be thinking of doing or any concerns you might have.
Did you continue to exercise throughout your pregnancy?