April 22, 2014 | 7:54 PM | Martha Bebinger Storify: Did You See That Pregnant Woman Running The Boston Marathon? FILED UNDER: Boston, Personal Health E-mail Twitter (9) facebook Newer PostYour Brain On Junk Food: ‘Making Us Crazy’ — But Might Fish Help? → Older Post← Report: Disabled Mass. Residents Face Major Health Disparities Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site. Debbie Livingston I ran (trails and road) through both of my pregnancies, delivered without pain killers and have 2 very healthy and smart children. Let’s all STOP blasting these fit women who are doing great things for their growing baby and inspiring other women as well as cutting down on health care costs! Why don’t we start talking about the cruelty of the pregnant women who are doing nothing physical and eating junk throughout their 9 months? That would be a more worthwhile topic. Hilary V. Greene And by the way she looked happy and healthy and obviously did fine. I think she knew what she was doing so i think it is a little harsh to say all the negative things being said. We were not in her shoes and we have no idea of her training and what her doctor said. She obviously is a good runner. Hilary V. Greene I ran with Team Red Cross and one of our teammates gave birth the NEXT day! And she beat me by 1 hour and 10 minutes…embarrassing for me…Christine Kendall…look it up. she posted on our team FB page the next day. her son was born at 9:30 Am 4/22… Cat Many people have a narrow focus on whether running while pregnant is healthy for the baby. In a theme often discussed on CommonHeath, any woman considering this type of exercise while pregnant should not only discuss the impact on the baby with her doctor, but also the impact on her own body. Running already places a significant strain on pelvic joints, and doing so while pregnant can cause permanent damage, and exacerbate or cause lasting pelvic floor issues. More info (post written by a pelvic floor physical therapist): http://www.parentingstartshere.com/rethinking-running-while-pregnant-is-it-a-good-idea-for-mom/ Sense_and_Reason Running a marathon while pregnant is incredibly selfish and narcissistic. It’s all about attention seeking. The fetus has no say of course, but it is taken for a ride, and has to compete for oxygen, and is definitely feeling the stress; it hears the noise as well. Running long distance CAN have negative consequences even for a healthy, non-pregnant individual. You may fall, you may get cardiac arrest, you may go into premature labor, and cause the child lifelong health problems. Why would any smart woman want to risk that? Very foolish. Marathon organizers should bar visibly pregnant women from entering the race. Want to exercise while pregnant? Go ahead. Just don’t make a fool and a spectacle of yourself running a marathon. Jane Kokernak So what’s the actual story? This seems provocative, WBUR, with no news or commentary. Martha Bebinger Hi Ms. Kokernak – thanks for your comment. Last month, I heard about a woman who was due to deliver yesterday and still planned to run the Boston Marathon. I found myself coming back to this story often, wondering why she would want to run in that state (at a time when I didn’t want to move), whether it was possible, and how the race might impact the baby. So this isn’t a hard news story, although there are issues, information and different perspectives to consider. Thanks again.