Pregnancy and sport: No reason to stop competing


Being pregnant does not mean you have to give up on the title. Rebekkah Brunson (31) is eight months pregnant but this didn’t prevent her from leading her team to victory in the second WNBA championship. Her team played against Atlanta Dream.


June 18 th, 2015

Despite being pregnant, Brunson has demonstrated great physical ability with 26 points and 14 rebounds in the match. Brunson became a real threat to the opposition. Her great performance led to her team’s victory, despite a series of attempts to knock her down.

“They tried to get physical and knock her down whenever she drove to the basket, but she’s so big that she just shrugged off the hits like they were nothing.” said Lynx forward Maya Moore

“Rebekkah was really the difference-maker, there’s no question about that,” said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve, adding that Brunson’s low-post game has drastically improved since gaining 40 pounds over the past few months. “She did it all-blocking shots, snagging rebounds, and absolutely dominated in the paint. In addition, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player just blow through the lane like that. No one could guard her.”

7 weeks prior to giving birth

Pregnant Alicia Montano made headlines in June 2014 when she finished the 800m in two minutes 32 seconds - 35 seconds off her personal best. She had the crowd on their feet when she finished the first lap and drove them crazy when she completed the race.

“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montano said. “I just did not want to get lapped and be the first to get lapped in the 800.”

The quintuple champion of the United States had received the green light from doctors to compete. Not only did doctors give her permission, but they also encouraged her.

Pregnancy and exercise

These stories have inspired and encouraged many women who still think they are incapable or who disqualify themselves. Montano continued to run throughout her pregnancy and she advised pregnant women to exercise during pregnancy because it is good for them and the baby. “That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” she said. “What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. I did all the things I normally do, I just happened to be pregnant,” she added.











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