Archive for October 2011

run a marathon to induce labor

More and more births are being induced with chemicals like pitocin, dinoproston or misoprostol.

Not only can these chemicals add to a weighty hospital bill, but they can also detract from the natural births that so many people are opting for these days.

But Amber Miller discovered one of the most natural ways to induce labor is by running a marathon.

Having signed up for the marathon before she knew that she was pregnant with her second child, Miller made a goal to run that marathon, even though she was 38 weeks pregnant.

Since babies are considered full-term after 37 weeks, Miller can officially say that she ran a marathon for two, giving birth later that day.

Although it sounds dangerous to run an endurance race like a marathon, Miller said she had gotten permission from her doctor to run half the race and walk the other 13.1 miles.

In fact, not only was the marathon not discouraged by her doctor, the idea of a healthy workout is what most doctors are ordering for pregnant women.

Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas says that “Pregnant women usually don’t get enough exercise. Women who maintain healthy weight during pregnancy are less likely to have complications during labor, gestational diabetes or birth trauma.”

Since giving birth takes an extremely large toll on the heart, not to mention a huge amount of blood flow, those who are familiar with strenuous exercise fare better in the delivery room.

Although it is not advisable to start a much more rigorous fitness routine once you become pregnant, it is a good idea to at least maintain your fitness level from before your pregnancy.

If you happen to be a seasoned athlete, Miller said running a marathon on the same day she gave birth helped her realize that marathons are not nearly as difficult as giving birth.