Hello! new mom's when did this happen? I have 2 children and I can still remember the pain now and it's 30 years later. My hat is off to any new mom that can pull this off. Train for a marathon during pregnancy. Wow, Wow!
For most new moms, the image of Paula Radcliffe celebrating her astonishing New York marathon victory just nine months after giving birth is more than slightly surreal.
There she was, one small arm holding a baby, the other victoriously waving a British flag, ribs visible beneath a washboard-flat torso, not an ounce of visible fat on her sleek body.
No baby fat no were.
Radcliffe's triumph Sunday, running 26.2 miles in two hours, 23 minutes just 291 days after childbirth, inspires equal amounts of awe and envy. But it also highlights a medical debate about just how gung-ho women should be about exercise during pregnancy and afterward.
Some doctors believe women used to rigorous exercise can continue it at least early in pregnancy and resume soon afterward, but that this is not the time for inactive women to suddenly decide they want to try a marathon. Their advice is often that it's OK to continue what you're used to, but don't push it.
Running a marathon requires several months of training and long-distance running most days. The intensity is rigorous for those hoping to win.
Radcliffe ran throughout her pregnancy and has said her husband's help made training afterward easier. The British runner also has said she resumed training too soon after a long and difficult labor. She suffered a stress fracture at the base of her spine that sidelined her in May for eight weeks.
Still, the 33-year-old women's marathon world record-holder is a seasoned pro who won six previous marathons. So for her, running during pregnancy and afterward made sense.
What do you think about this? Could you see yourself running during your pregnancy? Where did she get the strength from?