It’s safe to say that Olympian Alysia Montano is on a short list of the jaw dropping super-women who manage to perform serious athletic feats while carrying another human in their bellies.
“I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising,” Montano told CBS LA after the race. “And the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby.”
Montano is expecting her first child and she told the Associated Press that she’s been running throughout the pregnancy. She and her husband also planned the baby on an “off year” so she can still compete in the World Championships and the Olympics, according to CBS LA.
“I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800,” she told the AP. She was never close to being lapped (though she didn’t qualify for the semifinals, either). But she definitely stood out on the Hornet Stadium track. As her father, Eric Johnson, aptly put it to CBS LA: “Look at her belly hanging out.”
No, really. Look at it. Then bow down.
“We tell them that whatever level of exercise they’re used to, that they can continue exercising at that level,” Chang said. “The only thing I worry about if it’s direct trauma to the belly or any falling.”