Woman Gives Birth After Running Marathon

CHICAGO (CBS) — Amber Miller was expecting her child at any moment, but that didn’t stop her from finishing Sunday’s Chicago Marathon.

And, about seven hours later, she gave birth to a baby girl.

Miller, 27, who had been training throughout her pregnancy, said she got the OK from her doctors to run half the marathon.

“I went into it not planning on finishing,” Miller told CBS 2’s Mai Martinez as she held her newborn, June. “I was fully expecting just to run a few miles, and then skip maybe the second half and run the last mile across the finish line. But I was feeling good.”

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She drew stares from spectators, but some of them yelled warm wishes, such as “Go, pregnant lady!” She alternated running and walking the route, finishing in six hours, 25 minutes.

The contractions started not long after. After dinner, she and her husband determined she was in labor. The couple called Central DuPage Hospital and headed in.

“I kind of said ‘I just got finished running, or I ran this morning.’ I didn’t give all the details,” Amber Miller said. “Finally, my husband, he’s like, ‘Come on, just ‘fess up. You need to tell them.’”

Baby June arrived around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

Miller’s husband says it isn’t his wife’s first “extreme” pregnancy adventure. A couple years ago, while pregnant with her son, Caleb –- now 19 months — she hiked to the top of Machu Picchu.

He did the marathon route with his wife Sunday but managed to lag behind her by 19 minutes. 

“Personally, I was in a lot of pain,” he said, joking. “I was thinking about me a lot.”

  • CFLC

    Sounds irresponsible and just plain stupid to run a marathon. She’s lucky and her baby is even luckier.

  • southside

    Yeah, but being cool and getting into the news is way cooler than doing the smart thing for your baby.

  • jbiller

    I believe this woman should be charged with wrongful endangerment of an unborn child. Supposedly her doctor gave her the okay to run in which case I think he too should be charged with wrongful endangerment of an unborn child! There has been some serious lack of responability and judgement on the parts of the runner, her doctor and also the sponsors of the marathon who allowed her to run.

  • susan

    Sad, I guess she thinks that she is the Mother of the Year. Poor baby stuck with the villiage idiot for a mother. Very Selfish.

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  • Simone

    Nesting can cause you to do all kinds of crazy things with that energy just before childbirth. I planted flowers all around my house, couldn’t stop myself. Was awake more than 40 hours before giving birth. Nesting will do that to you.

  • Brad

    Why all the criticism? She would have just sued her doctor or the marathon if something went wrong. It’s always someone elses fault. Duh.

  • Unhappy Feet

    A baby? Cool, I guess. Most of us just limped, vomited and compared blisters.

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