Pregnant Olympic Runner Alysia Montano Competes in Crop Top, Thrills Everybody

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When a visibly pregnant woman attempts to do any kind of exercise or risky behavior, armchair physicians like to go “tut tut tut” from behind their keyboards and issue very stern censures about how the women are putting their fetuses at risk. But a fit pregnant woman can usually just keep doing whatever she was doing before she was pregnant.

That’s why Serena Williams was able to play tennis and win the Australian Open while five months pregnant, and Gal Gadot could film her Wonder Woman reshoots while about five months pregnant.

Now Olympic runner Alysia Montano has impressed everybody by competing in the U.S.A. Track and Field Outdoor Championships while five months pregnant.

Best of all, she did it while wearing a belly-baring Wonder Woman crop top to show everybody that yes, she is visibly pregnant, and she can do anything.

According to Essence, Montano has two bronze Olympic medals and is a seven-time USA champion and two-time American record holder. She ran this race while pregnant before, too. In 2014 she ran it while eight months pregnant. This time, she says she decided to wear the Wonder Woman shirt because she wanted Wonder Woman to represent her, after reading about how Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot had filmed much of the movie while pregnant. It’s a good choice, considering that Montano is basically a real-life superhero.

Even though Montano and other athletes like her have demonstrated time and again that pregnant women can be physically active without ill effects, Montano said in the Team USA newsletter that, “It’s still a conversation that needs to be had. I represent so many different people: women, black women, pregnant women. It’s my responsibility to make sure I’m a voice and an advocate for them.”

“I have some pretty awesome maternity photos from both pregnancies,” Montano wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her running an 800-meter race in 110-degree heat last week, and looking like she was feeling amazing.

Exercise is healthy, and if a person was athletic before getting pregnant, there’s no reason she has to stop what she was doing just because she’s pregnant.

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