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US woman gives birth after completing Chicago Marathon

'Go pregnant lady'

A US woman gave birth to a baby girl just hours after completing the Chicago Marathon.

Amber Miller was nearly 39 weeks pregnant when she started the 26.2 mile race on Sunday. However, just as she crossed the finishing line, the 27 year-old mother started to have her first contractions.

After squeezing in time for a quick bite to eat, she gave birth to baby June at 10:29pm on Sunday evening. Her new daughter weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces, and both mother and baby are healthy and well.

Mrs. Miller, who said she was "crazy about running," had run seven marathons before.

"For me, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary," she told Associated Press news agency. "I was running up until that point anyway."

"Lots of people were cheering me on: 'Go pregnant lady,' she said.

"I was expecting some negative comments. I don't remember anything."

It was not the first time Mrs Miller had run a marathon while pregnant. Two years ago she ran the Indianapolis Marathon when she was 18 weeks pregnant with her first child, Caleb.

Not surprisingly, the Chicago Marathon was her slowest to date. She managed to complete the race by walking half the distance and running the rest, in six hours and 25 minutes.

She also drank plenty of fluids and ate along the way, and her doctors were kept fully informed of her training regime.

Even so, running this distance at this late stage in pregnancy is some achievement. Many mothers-to-be slow down at this stage if not before, just because of the extra weight carrying the baby.

Famously, world-record holder Paula Radcliffe continued to run 14 miles a day while pregnant, and won the New York City Marathon 10 months after giving birth.

This article was published on Tue 11 October 2011